It might surprise many that Josh Philippe puts his BBL success down to playing cricket in North East England. Josh’s time by the Tyne, playing for Newcastle C.C, is told in an interview with Louis Cameron on cricket.com.au.
Josh reveals that back in 2017, his chances of playing state cricket for Western Australia were fading.
So, how did Josh turn his career around to become a star in the BBL?
After spending 2016 playing in the West of England Premier League, Josh rolled up in the North East in 2017. His simple aim was to have fun playing his own “brand of cricket.”
It paid off. Josh heaped runs upon even more runs, thumping two back-to back centuries in May and a T20 ton in June. Playing in the North East Premier League had become Josh’s own brand of fun.
A growing reputation for aggressive hitting and scoring quick-fire runs, was not missed by Durham and Josh made his Second XI debut in August.
Back in Western Australia, a rejuvenated Josh caught the eye of coach Justin Langer. After a frustrating period, Josh made his statement of intent in October 2017, scoring 93 and 64 in an Under 23s match vs. Tasmania. After a BBL spell with the Perth Scorchers, and then making his Sheffield Shield debut, Josh signed for Sydney Sixers and the rest is fast becoming history.
With his BBL reputation established, and international honours to come, Josh’s time on the Tyne must now seem like the distance between today and yesterday.
Read Louis Cameron interview HERE.
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