Monday, November 10th, 2014

Shantry Wants To Convert Himself Into Genuine All-Rounder

Jack Shantry wants to convert himself into a genuine all-rounder and said: "If I can do that by the end of my career, then I'll be happy."

Shantry is one of the main spearheads of the Worcestershire attack and his 56 wickets played a key part in the county gaining promotion back to Division One of the LV = County Championship.

But he also chipped in with nearly 500 Championship runs at an average of 28 batting at number nine including his debut century in the promotion-clinching win over Surrey at New Road.

And Shantry, currently playing in Australia for Greenvale Kangaroos, revealed that until the end of his teenage years he was predominantly regarded as "a batsman who bowled a bit."

He said: "The reason I've always been thought of as a bowler is because in my first two years with Worcestershire I really struggled with the bat and averaged below five over two years.

"People thought then I was just a bowler who can't really hold a bat.

"But in the subsequent four seasons I've averaged over 20 with the bat which is a good contribution for a numer nine or even number eight.

"If I can make myself into an all-rounder by the end of my career, I'll be very happy."

Shantry added: "Until I was aged 18-19, I was a batsman who bowled a bit.

"I had a growth spurt and started bowling a bit more consistently with a bit more pace and all of a sudden bowling was a real option for me.

"But as a 15,16, 17 year old, I played representative cricket as an opening batsman."

Shantry has been batting in the top six for the Kangaroos and is averaging 51.00 after his first five innings Down Under have produced 153 runs.