In a gripping start to the first four-day match between Australia A and New Zealand A, young pace bowler Jordan Buckingham showcased his burgeoning talent, making a significant impact on the game. The Australian pace sensation’s spell of just 13 balls yielded three vital wickets, setting the stage for an enthralling encounter. New Zealand A faced a collapse of 5 for 16 either side of lunch, largely due to Buckingham’s prowess, before their innings concluded at 147 runs. Legspinner Mitchell Swepson contributed with three wickets to wrap up the tail, leaving Australia A in a favorable position.
Buckingham’s success lies in his dedication to consistency and mental strength, as he believes in winning the psychological battle against batsmen. Despite not possessing express pace, his patient approach paid dividends. This marked Buckingham’s 11th first-class appearance, with two already under the Australia A banner and a non-first-class outing for a Cricket Australia XI.
Caleb Jewell’s noteworthy half-century in response to Buckingham’s heroics added to the excitement. Meanwhile, Jacob Duffy made his presence felt with key dismissals for New Zealand A. Buckingham’s standout performance underscores his promising future in cricket, and he expressed gratitude for the opportunities provided early in his career, acknowledging the significance of facing top-tier opposition at a young age.