Stanlake ready for SL, and superstars beyond

Towering Aussie quick wants to make amends in Adelaide before getting his head around an IPL dream

Australia quick Billy Stanlake has revealed he felt "pretty down" on himself after his international Twenty20 debut last Friday night, but the towering fast bowler says he has quickly put the tough start behind him and is eyeing his next challenges.

It's been a rollercoaster five days for Stanlake, who went for 0-42 off his three overs in the series opener at the MCG, before being left out of the team that succumbed to a second-straight final-ball defeat in Geelong on Sunday.

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Then on Monday, Stanlake received some very welcome news, picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for AUD $58,000 in the Indian Premier League Auction.

Now, the Adelaide Strikers paceman hopes to return to the Australia XI in familiar surrounds for the third and final KFC T20I at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night, with the hosts looking to restore some lost pride in the dead rubber.

"I was pretty down on myself, pretty frustrated and angry," Stanlake said at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

"But everyone around me was great and the coaches were really good to me.

"They just told me to able to put it behind me pretty quickly, which I've been able to do.

"They said ‘put it behind you, you haven't played too much cricket, just don't be too hard on yourself. Move on and get ready for the next time."

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It's been an action-packed summer for Stanlake, who overcame stress fractures to turn out for the Strikers in the KFC Big Bash League.

A call-up to Australia's ODI squad to play Pakistan followed, with the 22-year-old lining up for his country in Brisbane and Perth, before he was selected in the T20 squad to play Sri Lanka.

"Everything has happened really quickly, I haven't had time to reflect," Stanlake said.

"It was a big surprise coming into the season off stress fractures in my back.

"I was just aiming to play some of the Big Bash and finish the season injury free, so for all this to happened has been a great added bonus."

The next step in Stanlake's whirlwind rise will be a trip to India in April, where he will line up alongside compatriots Travis Head and Shane Watson, as well as international superstars Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle at RCB.

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"I didn't see that one coming, especially after the other night's performance," Stanlake said of discovering he had been bought at the IPL auction on Monday.

"It was funny how it happened, I was reading the live commentary and I saw I'd gone unsold in the first round.

"Then some players were brought back in (to the auction) and out of nowhere my name popped up and I'd been sold.

"It was a bit weird to find out that way, but very exciting.

"I wasn't expecting much at all, so it's a great opportunity to go over there and be around some of the world's best cricketers.

"Getting to bowl to the likes of Kohli, de Villiers and Gayle day in, day out is going to be a great opportunity for me and I'm sure I'll learn a lot."

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For now though, Stanlake's focus is on helping Australia end their T20 series on a high note with a consolation win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday night.

"It's obviously very frustrating to lose two close games, so we'll regroup and come out there tomorrow night and try to finish on a positive and get a win," he said.

"I think we just need to finish off a bit better.

"We had them on the topes the other night and we just couldn't finish them off.

"Hopefully tomorrow night we can put in that complete performance which we were close to in Geelong, go that extra step further and finish it off."