Billy Stanlake: Bio, Latest News, Height, Career
Who is Billy Stanlake?
There is nothing scarier than a six foot seven fast bowler charging in and bowling at 150 kilometres an hour consistently. Billy Stanlake is exactly this player and he can even swing the ball as well. A terrifying right arm fast bowler, Billy Stanlake made a name for himself during the 2016-17 Big Bash League season, which ultimately earned him a call-up to the Australian side. After featuring in the IPL on several occasions, Billy Stanlake has become a household cricketing name and a fan favourite.
Billy Stanlake’s early career
Cricket was not the only sport Billy Stanlake was interested in when he was young. In fact, during his early years, Stanlake played more Australian Rules Football than cricket. He, along with his brother, played Australian Rules Football for his local team, the Hervey Bay Bombers. Billy Stanlake’s father was an important influence on him when he was young, since his father played Australian Rules Football professionally for the Footscray Football Club. It was only when his family moved away from Hervey Bay that Stanlake switched to cricket. He played for Queensland at an under 19 level and impressed in their 2013 championship season.
Billy Stanlake: The Australian U-19 Cricketer
In contrast to India’s policy that U-19 cricketers can only play in one major tournament, Billy Stanlake was named in Australia’s squads for both the 2012 and 2014 World Cups. Unfortunately, Stanlake was injured for the first of the two and did not play a part in the tournament. Injury threatened him again before 2014, but this time he was able to compete and he impressed everyone watching. There is no doubt that he was Australia’s best bowler in that tournament, as Australia ended up finishing fourth (South Africa were the winners). In that 2014 U-19 World Cup, Billy Stanlake had the lowest average and economy rate out of the Aussie contingent. This was arguably the pinnacle of Billy Stanlake’s U-19 career but he did go on to feature in several other youth ODIs and was equally effective.
Billy Stanlake: A Queensland star
After his successful World Cup campaign, Queensland gave Billy Stanlake an opportunity to play for them in the 2014-15 season. Injury returned to haunt Stanlake and he was next fit to play in the following season. Upon his return, Stanlake initially struggled to make it into Queensland’s starting XI for their red ball matches. When he was finally able to play for his side, Stanlake made an instant impact and established himself as a genuine wicket-taking option.
Billy Stanlake: Big Bash League
Like the IPL, the Big Bash League has the ability to raise the profile of a player and enhance their cricketing careers. This was certainly the case for Billy Stanlake. He is an Adelaide Strikers stalwart and has been one of their best players. In his first three seasons of Big Bash cricket, Billy Stanlake took 19 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.77. For T20 cricket, especially in Australia, this is sublime. His fantastic performances earned him a call-up to Australia’s international squad.
Billy Stanlake’s ODI debut and tour of England
Due to his performances in the Big Bash League, Billy Stanlake was first picked in Australia’s white ball teams. Everyone was surprised when he was handed his ODI debut since up to that point he was still vastly inexperienced. In fact, Billy Stanlake himself said that he was shocked in an interview. Anyway, he made his ODI debut in January 2017 against Pakistan. He opened the bowling alongside Mitchell Starc (Josh Hazelwood was being rested) and bowled three tight overs at the start of Pakistan’s innings. However, he was then unable to bowl anymore, seemingly struggling in the intense heat in Brisbane. In his next match against Pakistan, at Perth, he ended with figures of 1/55. After that match, it took over a year for Billy Stanlake to next play an ODI for Australia.
Playing in a very much under-strength Australia side, Stanlake played in four out of the five ODIs. He took six wickets in four matches, but his performances fluctuated. They varied from 3/35 to 0/74. This is certainly one area in which Stanlake seems to struggle, finding consistency over several matches.
Billy Stanlake: T20 Cricket
T20 Debut and trans-Tasman series
Billy Stanlake made his T20 debut shortly after his ODI debut in February 2017. Playing against Sri Lanka on debut, Stanlake bowled 3-0-42-0. Like his ODI cricket, it took another year for Stanlake to return to playing T20 cricket for Australia. When he returned, he was playing in the Trans-Tasman T20 tournament between England, New Zealand and Australia. He made a grand entrance, taking 3-15 against New Zealand. He picked up a wicket every match but did leak runs on numerous occasions. His second best spell that tournament came against England, when he picked up 2/28.
Sometimes raw pace can be a curse and sometimes it can be a blessing. Stanlake found that his raw pace was enough to wreak havoc in a tri-series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe. In his first match of the tournament, he took 4-8 and ran through the number one ranked T20 side in the world. He followed this up with some other strong performances and proved that he is capable of playing T20 cricket at the highest level.
Billy Stanlake: IPL
Billy Stanlake first played in the IPL in 2017, when he was signed for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 30 lakhs. Despite boasting an impressive batting line-up, Bangalore’s side lacked a quality fast bowling department and they thought the signing of Billy Stanlake would bolster their title chances. However, Billy Stanlake only played two matches for the franchise and was rather underwhelming. They say the faster it comes, the faster it goes and Stanlake certainly experienced that. He ended with figures of 2/29 and 0/41 in the two matches he played, which is certainly not what Bangalore would have been hoping for.
Despite this, Stanlake was still bought in the 2018 Auction, perhaps because of his time spent with the Australian cricket team. The Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for his base price of 50 lakhs. Stanlake started the season well, taking five wickets in four matches and was rather economical in the process. However, he was once again plagued by injury and ruled out of the rest of the season with a finger injury.