Cameron Boyce confident of “doing the job” for Australia at World Cup
Cameron Boyce in 2014. (AFP Image)

Legspinner Cameron Boyce is yet to play a one-day international match for his country but believes he can be a valuable option for Australia at the World Cup. Boyce has played seven T20Is for Australia between 2014 and 2016, picking up eight wickets, before being dropped. Since, he has been a regular in the Big Bash League and in this season has been tidy with his bowling, taking eight 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.18 for the Melbourne Renegades.

“The last time I played for Australia, and the games I did play for Australia, I did a really good job,” Boyce told the Herald Sun. “I think my numbers show that. But I feel like I’m bowling even better now than what I was when I was playing for Australia.”

With Australia struggling to find a dependable spinner in their team, Boyce might be the answer to their conundrum. Nathan Lyon hasn’t quite been able to repeat his Test exploits in limited-overs, and Adam Zampa has been in and out of the side. In such a scenario, Boyce, based on his current form, emerges as a serious candidate, but just how much Australia will be willing to invest on spin during the World Cup, in England, is unknown.

“Realistically, do I think I’m on the radar? Probably not,” Boyce said. “But my numbers in the Big Bash show I could do that job. If I finish the year well, and if the Renegades go to the end, and even win the thing, and I’m bowling well, then you never know. Do I think that I still have what it takes to bowl at that level? Yeah, absolutely I do.”

Besides leg spin, Boyce also stressed on having made improvements in batting. On Wednesday, he struck an unbeaten 51 off 22 balls with five sixes and four boundaries as Renegades beat Sydney Thunder by 27 runs.

“I feel like my batting has improved so much,” Boyce said. “My batting has come a long way the last few years. I’m starting to think more like a batsman, rather than a tailender that can try and get a few runs away.

“It’s about trying to dictate where the bowler’s going to bowl and predict that. I’ve been trying to get to the off side and clear the fence over the leg side. It’s becoming a vital part of anyone’s game, really.

“If you have a team that can essentially bat all the way down to No. 9, 10 or 11 then that’s adding another string to your bow. If you can go out there and clear the fence or get the runs that the team needs. If that’s one of the things they want then hopefully they’re thinking about me as well.”