Should David King play for Victoria? - 20/10/14

David King Sheer weight of runs has earned David King the chance to play for Victoria, so says his growing legion of fans.

He has made more than 5000 runs opening the batting for Ringwood, 11 Premier Cricket centuries and scored 375 runs last week alone.

He is 24-year-old Ringwood star David King and, according to his supporters, in 11 days he should be debuting for Victoria, against NSW, in its first Shield match of the summer.

King launched the Premier season with a ton against St Kilda in round one, made 43 against Footscray Edgewater in round two then spilt his hot form into representative cricket last week when he scored 100 and 85 for the Victorian second XI against NSW in Sydney.

He returned home and peeled off an unbeaten 71 against Monash Tigers on Saturday then 73 against Melbourne Uni on Sunday.

Since January 1, King has made 13 trips to the crease, amassed 795 runs at 79.5, including three not outs, three centuries and five 50s.

His Ringwood captain, Tom Stray, said King’s form is as good as anyone’s in the state and that his numbers alone tell the story.

“He should, absolutely, be in the squad for the first Shield game. There’s no doubt the Vics were struggling for an opener last year and they’ve got one who is absolutely smashing the door down, making a truck load of runs and he hasn’t put a foot wrong. David deserves his opportunity,’’ he said.

“Any 24-year-old with 11 Premier Cricket hundreds definitely deserves a go at the next level.

“There’s no better time to play him.’’

Stray added any perceived flaws that King hadn’t performed when given an opportunity at second XI or Futures League level were smashed last week.

“Getting 100 then backing up with 85 in quick time shows David’s a lot more adaptable than people think. He can hold the side together or he can be aggressive,’’ he said.

“He can go up or down a gear, he’s got a good temperament and any flaws have been ironed out which is shown in his consistency.’’

Sean Flynn captained King in the Rams’ back-to-back title wins when the left hander was opening the batting as a 16 then 17-year-old.

He is “absolutely stunned” King hasn’t been rewarded with more opportunities in the Victorian program: “but to his credit he’s kept performing for Ringwood.”

Flynn has regularly taken to Twitter to tweet his support for King adding the hashtag #itstime.

“Well it is time. It worked for Gough Whitlam, although he only lasted 18 months,’’ Flynn laughed.

“You pick openers to open the batting and in some respect David is similar to Chris Rogers, what he does doesn’t always look beautiful but he gets the job done over and over again. As an opener you have to work out strategies and ways to survive and David’s a survivor.

“I hope they pick him now when he’s in such good form and give him an opportunity to carve out a nice summer for his state.

“He’s just ready.’’

Monash Tigers’ captain-coach Al Wise, who played first class cricket for Victoria and South Australia, bowled to King on Saturday and was impressed with what he saw.

“I think he’s really improved as a player, watching him at the weekend compared to a couple of years ago. He’s hitting the ball straighter, cleaner and he’s expanded his game. He batted all around the wicket and was aggressive against the spinners,’’ he said.

“I’m sure they’re going to take notice and an opportunity might come his way.

“He looks like he can take his game to the next level. From what I saw he’s certainly got the game and skill set that would stand up.’’

 

AT A GLANCE

David King

Club: Ringwood

5081 first XI runs

11 centuries

103 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls and a hat trick

Two-time premiership player 2007-08, 2008-09

 

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** Article above courtesy of Megan Hustwaite (Maroondah Leader)

 

 

 

 

 
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