Billy Stanlake is expecting a number of the smaller English grounds to provide him with a stern challenge during this summer’s Vitality Blast. Thankfully, the Australian fast bowler is used to performing in such circumstances.

A week ago last Friday, the 23-year-old was involved in an incredible T20 international against New Zealand at the postage stamp Eden Park when 488 runs were scored in just 38.5 overs.

The Kiwis posted 243-6 before the Aussies replied with 245-5, winning with seven balls remaining.

In the circumstances, Stanlake’s 1-43 from four overs was pretty respectable.

“I’ve seen a few bits here and there of the Blast on TV and heard things from some boys who have been before,” said the Queenslander.

“The grounds seem to be a bit smaller than they are in Australia, but that will be a great challenge for me.

“I’ve had a bit of practice on small grounds over at Eden Park during the last week. That’s probably stood me in good stead. Hopefully we don’t see 240 against us at Yorkshire!

“Coming over there is going to be a good learning experience for me, and hopefully I get a lot out of it.”

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