There can be no denying that the depth of talent in Australian cricket is at an all-time high.
From the miserly all-rounders to the top order aggressors, it is hard to miss someone who racks up runs or takes lots of wickets.
Luke Pomersbach is one such top order batsman who has begun to make a new life for himself in Queensland, after circumstances forced him to take a break from all cricket in 2011.
Victoria’s Aaron Finch in a way is a partner in crime; same sort of height, build, and style.
Starting his career a month into the 2006/2007 domestic season, Pomersbach’s talent as a batsman came against the touring England XI at the WACA. Scoring 101 was just the start of a small run of form, as he accumulated 137 runs against Tasmania in a first class game a few weeks later.
For all the success Pomersbach has had, his life as a top level cricketer has been peppered by a number of incidents that have limited his chances at both state and international level.
A debut as an Australian Twenty20 player has gone down in the history books as one of the more unusual. While still suspended from the Western Australia Warriors, Pomersbach was plucked from the crowd to replace an injured Brad Hodge. Making 15 from seven deliveries, it was Pomersbach’s first taste of the international scene.
That venture remains his only time in the green and gold. Amassing 743 runs at an average of almost 62 in 2007-2008 has been the left-handers most prolific season to date.
Despite all the flourishing early in his domestic tenure, Pomersbach had to face time on the sidelines in 2009, and this was the turning point during his time at the Warriors.
In what was a fluctuating next two years, Pomersbach returned to the Warriors side in 2010, but never quite found the spark that made him a short-form regular.
Queensland beckoned for a change of pace, and Pomersbach shone for the Brisbane heat in BBL|02, scoring almost 400 runs at an average of more than 44. Pivotal to the Heat success was a masterful 112 not out from Pomersbach in the semi final against the Melbourne Renegades.
The way Finch stands tall against bowling attacks around the world and bludgeons them to all parts of the ground has made people turn heads.
Having smashed a record-breaking 156 against England in August of 2013, Finch’s short form career has continued to be his greatest asset to both the Victoria Bushrangers and Australia.
Where Finch has excelled in the one-day arena, the concern has been in the Sheffield Shield. Just two centuries from 37 first-class matches has been coupled with spells of low scores across the season.
Maturity comes at different paces and times for each cricketer. For Finch, it was a waiting game before he got his chance. Last year, in an interview with The Weekly Review, the intent was to continue to strive for a baggy green.
“I want to play Test cricket for Australia…I think that is the ultimate goal. The bar has been set high, and hopefully I can set it a bit higher,” said Finch in December of 2012.
Important to Finch’s development has been his shot repertoire. Key to securing a place in his state Sheffield Shield side is using and implementing the leadership skills as skipper of Big Bash League side the Melbourne Renegades.
Making the transition to the first-class arena will continue to be the area that Finch must work the hardest. However, a 97 against South Australia in a recent Sheffield Shield match is a great indication that the Victorian can knuckle down and play out a long innings.
It has not been easy for either batsman to punch their way into the national side, and at times their own state squad.
Finch’s success has come in the recent 12 months, and the statement he made in England meant that it was not just Australia who took notice. The sheer power that Finch has makes him so destructive.
Experience plays a critical part in a reliable cricket team, and there is little doubt of the knowledge that Finch brings with his time at the crease, to help mentor and develop younger players.
Pomersbach has endured hardships not just inside the boundary rope, but also outside. A re-ignition came from being picked up by both Queensland and the Brisbane Heat, under now Australian coach Darren Lehmann.
A former Bradman Young Player of the Year, his first class average hovers around the 40 mark. Before the commencement of the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL), Pomersbach declared that he wanted to put controversy behind him and focus on cricket.
Either player still has a chance to play at the top level again. It is simply a matter of biding time and making themselves noticed.