‘Thought about that first ball a thousand times’ – Riley Meredith relieved to get Australia career on the road

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Debutant quick dismissed Tim Seifert and Kane Williamson to finish with 2 for 24 in Wellington

Riley Meredith had played out his first delivery in international cricket “a thousand times” in his head, so when it landed on a good length at more than 140kph to Tim Seifert during the third T20I against New Zealand in Wellington, there was relief for the fast bowler that his Australia career was underway.

“Good to finally be over, I suppose, a bit of a relief,” Meredith said of his debut. “I was really nervous beforehand. Most of the day I was probably playing it out in my mind, [and] thought about that first ball about a thousand times, so just nice to get it on the pitch in a decent area and go from there. Nice to get a couple of wickets and contribute to a win [by 64 runs].”

What developed was a promising first outing, as he showed the pace that has regularly been seen in the BBL – pushing the speed gun towards 150kph – while finishing with 2 for 24 from his four overs.

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