Some supreme form in the 2018 JLT One-Day Cup has paid immediate dividends for Tasmanian Tiger Ben McDermott, with the opening bat included in Australia's touring party to the UAE when they battle Pakistan on October 24, 26 and 28 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Scores of 56, 117, 28, 102* and 76 has propelled McDermott into national selection in a superb fortnight for the Queensland-born product who's off-season story of shedding some weight and becoming more lean to help his game has become well known.
Australia's Head Coach, Justin Langer, is looking forward to what Ben has to offer when he gets over to the UAE.
"Ben McDermott is another young player who has been rewarded for taking his game to the next level," said Langer.
"He’s put in the hard work to improve his strength and fitness, and there’s no doubt it’s been a key factor behind his impressive form in the JLT Cup."
"He’s performed well in the BBL, and he’s an outstanding young bloke."
23-year-old McDermott has at least one more chance to push his case for a spot in the Australian starting XI when his Tigers team face Queensland in the JLT Cup Semi-Finals tomorrow. A win in this fixture would secure McDermott another hitout in the tournament final to be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 10 October.
The Semi-Final will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports Cricket and the cricket.com.au website or app from 2pm.