Jack Edwards of the Sixers.
Jack Edwards of the Sixers.

Edwards ‘not far away from a big one’

The Sydney Sixers are tipping exciting teenager Jack Edwards to make a real impact in the second half of the Big Bash after a tough introduction to the tournament.

Big things were expected of the towering 18-year-old after he made centuries in the Sheffield Shield and the JLT One Day Cup but he hasn't exactly set the competition alight, scoring just 59 runs at an average of 9.83 with a high score of 17 and was dropped for two matches.

Desperate to impress, Edwards fell into the trap of overplaying his hand and trying to score too quickly, so he was dropped for two games and advised just to slow things down a bit and relax.

Now he's back with a fresh body and an even fresher perspective that could unshackle him for the back end of the competition.

"One of the things I've learnt is not to be too hard on myself," he told The Sunday Telegraph.

"The scores will come if I just keeping trying to play good cricket shots and stick to my guns and back myself.

"If I do that for long enough I'll get a good score."

Technically, Edwards has all the skills and power to make a big splash in BBL but his mind has been playing tricks on him.

At almost two metres tall, he can belt the ball miles but has had to learn to curb his natural aggressive instincts and not take too many risks early on.

"I'm definitely working more on the mental side of the game, just trying to get a bit more relaxed and stick to my processes," he said.

"I definitely got a bit more nervous with the crowd being here so I'm just finding ways to take yourself out of that and get into your own bubble.

"I probably went a bit too hard in the first few games so it was just bringing it back to trusting that I could play good shots and still play at a good rate."

 

Sixers teenager Jack Edwards.
Sixers teenager Jack Edwards.

Edwards' teammates have been impressed with everything the teenager has done so far, on and off the field.

His new opening batting partner Daniel Hughes has been working closely with the youngster and is convinced it's just a matter of time before he breaks through.

"In the first few games, I think it might have got the better of him because he was sort of moving around thinking he had to hit every ball out of the park for four or six," Hughes said.

"But now we've sort of told him to just relax a bit because you've got a bit more time than you think and he's a super player.

"When he just stands still and plays nice cricket shots he's a beautiful player to watch. The way he's training and hitting the ball in the nets, he's not too far away from a big one."

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