NPS Player Profile: Jordan Silk

25 Jul 2014

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With the Quadrangular One-Day Series in Darwin in full swing, we thought we'd shed some light on our impressive pool of young talent coming through the ranks by profiling the National Performance Squad (NPS). What better way than to start with the skipper and gun batsman, Jordan Silk.

Silk burst onto the international scene back in 2012 before even making his first-class debut, coming on as a subtitute fieldsman during Australia's Test match against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Hailing from Penrith in Sydney's west, Silk did what many young, ambitious Australian cricketers do and shifted states in a bid to push his way onto the first-class scene.

He soon followed his camero as Test fielding sub with a first-class debut against Queensland at the Gabba in 2013, opening alongside the seasoned Mark Cosgrove.

With experience at the other end the youngster managed to chew up almost 200 balls with his first two knocks, contirbuting 25 and 34, earning himself another start against Victoria one week later.

That's when the then 20-year-old caught the attention of Australia's cricketing fraternity, posting a half century in the first innings before returning for a maiden century (127), which featured a 142-run stand with Ricky Ponting - a fairytale Hobart debut for the young Tiger.

That performance paved the way for a call-up to the Sheffield Shield final XI in just his third first-class appearance. He rewarded the Tassie selectors for their faith, reaching a second-straight ton to help return the Sheffield Shield back to Tasmania for just the third time.

An untimely foot injury plagued much of his 2013-14 season, but the 22-year-old still managed to pile on 421 runs at 44.03, inluding two centuries.

He also stood up at one-day level, collecting 303 runs at the Ryobi Cup carnival, including a high score of 62 during a 111-run stand with Tim Paine that led the Tigers to victory over Queensland. 

Silk also made his Big Bash League debut with the Sydney Sixers last season, claiming one of the best catches in recent memory. Watch 'that catch' again here.

He reaped the rewards from a fruitful 12 months by claiming the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year award at the Allan Border Medal presentation back in January.

A desirable demeanor, matched with leadership qualities then earnt him the right to lead the NPS squad into the current Quadrangular One-Day Series in Darwin.

Under Silk's leadership, they fell ten runs short of an unlikely victory over South Africa A, before producing a shock 52-run victory over Australia A.

Silk, batting at first drop, prouduced innings of 25 and 39, further flexing his muscles in the lead-up to the summer.