Playing at the recently concluded Oman hosted ICC 2022 T20 Qualifier, his first-ever international tournament appearance in Canadian colours, Australian-born Matthew Spoors finished atop of both Team Canada’s batting and bowling averages.
Spoors’ chart topping 194 runs aggregate from 5 innings batted resulted in an average of 108 scored at a strike rate of 137.58. As a right-arm leg-break and googly bowler, Spoors’ solitary captured wicket for just 5 runs from 2 overs and at a 2.53 economy rate was also sufficient to have him placed at the top of the Canadian team’s
tournament’s bowling averages.
The now 22-year-old Spoors was born on May 6, 1999, to an Australian father and Canadian mother, hence his qualification to represent Canada at the Oman ICC Qualifier. He celebrated his first-ever appearance in Canadian colours in the best possible manner, scoring an unbeaten 108 in Canada’s opening match against
the Phillippines. In doing so he became just the third individual to
ever score a hundred on his T20I debut.
Prior to his Canadian team transition, Spoors had also represented
his native Australia at the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup. He had also
played for Western Australia at both the U23 and Second XI levels.