After he was included in the Australia ODI and T20I squads for their upcoming series’ against India, we ask – who is Daniel Sams?
At 28, Sams is something of a late bloomer.
Not only has he not yet made his international debut, but he only entered professional cricket three years ago.
Who is Daniel Sams?
Sams hails from Milperra in New South Wales, but he made his first-class debut for Canterbury in New Zealand’s Plunket Shield competition.
Since that breakthrough, though, he’s played the majority of his cricket in Australia.
Sams didn’t make much of an impact in the red-ball arena and bagged a pair in his most recent of five appearances in the four-day format back in 2018.
However, in the white-ball formats, he’s made a name for himself as a dangerous lower-order batsman – he has two fifties from nine List A innings whilst striking at over 100 – and a pacey left-arm seamer.
Sams’ bowling has proved particularly effective in T20s and it was his excellent performances in the most recent edition of the Big Bash which opened the door to international cricket.
Sams was named in ESPNCricinfo’s Team of the Tournament after taking a remarkable 30 wickets from 17 matches for the Sydney Thunder at an average of 15.36.
His rewards have been numerous since then, with inclusion in the extended Australia squad for the limited-overs tour of England and a late call-up to the IPL by Delhi Capitals as a replacement for Jason Roy.
The Aussie didn’t manage to make the impact he’d have been hoping for in the UAE, going wicketless in his three appearances and falling for a duck in his only innings.
However, he should be better off for the experience as he eyes an Australia debut against India.
The two sides are scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20s between the SCG and the Manuka Oval in Canberra and while he’s been included in the squads for both series’, his best chances of making the playing XI will come in the shortest format clashes in early December.