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Behrendorff to use IPL to book Australia World Cup spot

By Pti
Mumbai Indians pacer Jason Behrendorff made an inmpressive start to IPL

Mumbai, April 4: Mumbai Indians left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff wants to use IPL as an opportunity to help him secure a place in the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup in England.

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The 28-year-old made an impressive start to his IPL career on Wednesday (April 4) by dismissing Chennai Super Kings batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina for figures of two for 22 from his four overs.

"Any performance here can really help me. My main strength is swinging the new ball upfront and taking some wickets, so it was good to be able to do that and keep in the selectors' mind that I am bowing well. So, hopefully that will keep me in the frame," said Behrendorff after MI beat CSK by 37 runs.

The New South Wales pacer does not see any with both him and senior left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc getting a nod from the Australian selection panel, which is expected to pick the team in two weeks' time.

"It can happen. It is not foreign to have two left handers in the team. Australia have not done it a lot in the past but I don't see why we can't do that. Mitch bowls exceptionally well at the death, can also bowl at the middle and upfront. So, it might be a case if both of us are picked in the same team we can different roles.

MI vs CSK - As it happened

"I might bowl upfront and Mitch may look to bowl through the middle and at the end. It would be quite exciting," Behrendorff said.

Behrendorff also added the dismissal of Raina, through a spectacular one-handed diving catch by West Indian Kieron Pollard at deep point, was planned well.

"It was a serious catch, wasn't it? (I was) very fortunate, to be fair. We set the plan for that knowing that he loves to back away and hit over the off side. Our plan was there and personally I was a bit little bit wider than I would have liked but Polly took the great catch which was fantastic."

The Aussie praised the batting effort from Hardik Pandya and Pollard, which took the game away from CSK with their power hitting at the end of MI innings.

"It (victory) is huge. Hardik and Polly just pulled us on the front foot going into the bowling innings. 170 was really a good score after we were potentially a little bit slow at the start. And then you had to take some wickets in first couple of overs and really put them on the back foot and did not let them off from there," he explained.

"It is a great experience, really exciting. It was a good fun, good crowd out there as well. So great experience and to contribute to the win was awesome. I was not able to come last year. I was really excited to come. There is such a buzz about the IPL every time you watch it, every time you hear about it," he said.

When asked about the IPL and Australia's Big Bash League, he said, "It is different, both are extremely good competitions. This (IPL) of course has a few more stars in the competition with four international rather than two per team.

"It is different conditions as well, quite warm and humid - something I am not quite used to, so making sure your hands are dry."

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Story first published: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 14:49 [IST]
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