Rocchiccioli's 'Flu Game' Performance Seals WA's Shield Hat-Trick

Rocchiccioli's 'Flu Game' Performance Seals WA's Shield Hat-Trick

Corey Rocchiccioli's heroic performance in the Sheffield Shield final, despite battling a fever and cramps, has cemented his status as a rising star in Australian cricket.

Despite waking up with a fever on the first day of the final, Rocchiccioli refused to let his illness sideline him. He took his place in the Western Australia team and bowled 22 overs on day two, claiming two crucial wickets that thwarted Tasmania's momentum.

Rocchiccioli's determination was even more remarkable considering he was also battling cramps in both calves. "It was pretty hard at times," he said. "But playing in a Shield final, you've got no excuses."

His efforts helped WA gain a decisive 161-run first-innings lead. Rocchiccioli finished with 4 for 48 from 28 overs, a performance that has drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan's famous "flu game" in basketball.

On day four, Rocchiccioli tore through Tasmania's lower order, finishing with 3 for 55 to help WA clinch their third straight title. His performance has put him in contention to succeed Nathan Lyon in the Test team.

Rocchiccioli's rise has been meteoric. He has become a WACA specialist, utilizing his height and canny drift to generate awkward bounce and deceive batters. His performances have caught the attention of national selectors, who were in attendance during the final.

While Rocchiccioli remains humble about his chances of playing for Australia, his outstanding performances have consigned left-arm spinner Ashton Agar to the outer for WA. Rocchiccioli paid tribute to Agar, his club cricket teammate and close friend, for his support and guidance.

Rocchiccioli's success is a testament to his determination and resilience. Despite not coming through WA's strong pathway program, he has worked tirelessly to establish himself as one of the most promising young spinners in the country.

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