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Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 7:16 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Nathan Michael Hauritz


Born October 18, 1981, Wondai, Queensland


Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Queensland


Nickname Ritzy


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Height 1.82 m

Nathan Michael Hauritz

Nathan Hauritz has been Australia's most improved player of the past couple of years on the way to becoming the country's leading slow bowler. Hauritz gained an unlikely second chance at international level in 2008-09, but quickly grew into an offspinner who could mix attack and defence successfully. He really showed his value last summer when he took 18 wickets in three Tests against Pakistan batsmen who usually cause severe damage to slow bowlers.


The haul followed 11 breakthroughs against West Indies and 10 in the opening three Tests of the 2009 Ashes series, when he started strongly but was left out for the final two matches. While a heel injury stopped him from being part of the series against Pakistan in England, he remains a key part of Australia's medium-term plans. During the past two years he also became a regular contributor in the one-day team, although he is less fancied as a Twenty20 operator.


Hauritz surprised himself with his season in 2008-09 as he leapfrogged a host of fringe spinners to finish the season as the only specialist slow bowler with a Cricket Australia contract. It was a stunning turnaround for an offie who was cut loose following his first Test in 2004. Having watched Beau Casson, Jason Krejza, Cameron White and Bryce McGain take preference following Stuart MacGill's retirement in 2008, Hauritz was picked for the second Test against New Zealand in Adelaide despite not playing for New South Wales the previous week. In three matches at home he took nine wickets and appeared in his first ODI for six years, but was kept in the dressing room for the Tests in South Africa. After four breakthroughs in the opening one-dayer against the Proteas, he was chosen in every 50-over contest over two series, leading Australia's wicket-takers in the United Arab Emirates.


Hauritz, an Australian Under-19 captain, made his ODI debut at 20 and was a surprise selection for the Test tour of India ahead of MacGill in 2004. Hauritz made his debut in the fourth Test, becoming Queensland's first slow-bowling representative since Trevor Hohns in 1989, and picked up Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman after opening the bowling in the second innings. His five match wickets were a distant memory on returning home, where he struggled in first-class games and was dropped towards the end of the 2004-05 season. In the next summer he also received limited opportunities with the Bulls and left for New South Wales.


He played three Pura Cup games - including the final loss to Tasmania - in his first season with the Blues and his four dismissals cost 63.50 each. However, his one-day form was excellent and he missed only one match, leading the state's wicket tally with 14 at 24. He appeared in only one first-class game the following summer, but was a fixture in the FR Cup and his seven wickets at 46.28 - and an economy rate of 4.83 - persuaded the national selectors to include him in the 30-man squad for the postponed version of the 2008 Champions Trophy. Further promotions followed quickly and he now carries big responsibilities.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:43 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Dirk Peter Nannes


Born May 16, 1976, Mount Waverley, Melbourne, Victoria


Major teams Australia, Netherlands, Canterbury, Delhi Daredevils, Middlesex, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Victoria


Nickname Diggler


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm fast


Height 1.88 m

Dirk Peter Nannes

A self-confessed "accidental cricketer", for most of Dirk Nannes' adult life, cricket has been an afterthought. He used to play a couple of club games at the start of the season, a handful at the end, and in between travel the world pursuing his other passion, skiing. He was no run-of-the-mill ski bum - he competed for several years in World Cup skiing events and narrowly missed selection for the Australian Winter Olympics team in the late 1990s. But when he started to take his cricket seriously, he quickly grabbed the attention of Victoria's selectors. It led to a first-class debut at 29 in 2005-06, and in his second game he suffered the group humiliation of watching Queensland storm to 6 for 900 declared in the Pura Cup final.


A persistent shoulder injury picked up during a stint in English club cricket limited him to one match the following summer, but in 2007-08 Nannes enjoyed his most productive season. A genuinely quick left-arm bowler who can swing the ball late, Nannes collected 22 Pura Cup wickets at 28.54, although he was again part of a demoralised, unsuccessful Victoria side in the decider. There was more joy in the Twenty20, where he was instrumental in the Bushrangers winning the title. Nannes destroyed Western Australia with 4 for 23 in the final, and his promising FR Cup season - 11 wickets at 20.54 - hinted that he would be a big part of Victoria's attack moving forward.


Nannes was Middlesex's spearhead when they won the domestic Twenty20 cup in 2008, and with his stock as a limited-overs bowler rising with every game, he was signed by the Delhi Daredevils before the 2009 edition of the IPL - and chose his franchise over Victoria, his state side, when both teams made it to the Champions League that year.


Nannes gave up hope of playing for Australia after being overlooked for the World Twenty20 in England in 2009. Instead, he turned out for Netherlands (he is the son of Dutch migrant parents and carries a Dutch passport) and was part of the side that shocked England in the tournament opener. Though he went wicketless in that game, he was soon on Australia's radar, making his debut in an ODI against Scotland at Edinburgh. Quickly establishing himself as one of Twenty20 cricket's leading bowlers in the international arena, Nannes was the leading wicket-taker at the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in May 2010, picking up 14 scalps at 13.07.


Despite picking up 93 wickets at a shade over 25 in less than three years of first-class cricket, Nannes decided to retire from the longer forms of the game in February 2010 and become a limited-overs specialist - a route that is becoming increasingly more common for fast bowlers. Unlike a typical fast bowler, however, Nannes speaks Japanese, studied the saxophone at university and runs a successful ski-travel company.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:39 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name David Andrew Warner


Born October 27, 1986, Paddington, New South Wales


Major teams Australia, Australia Under-19s, Delhi Daredevils, Durham, Middlesex, New South Wales, Northern Districts


Nickname Lloyd


Playing role Opening batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak


Height 1.70 m

David Andrew Warner

A diminutive and dangerous opening batsman, David Warner exploded onto the international scene in 2008-09. His breathtaking effort of 89 from 43 balls in his Twenty20 debut against South Africa at the MCG was all the more remarkable as he was the first man to walk out for Australia before playing first-class cricket since 1877. His call-up had been a surprise and it capped off an eventful couple of months in which he also earned an IPL contract with Delhi Daredevils and a deal to use a two-sided bat. The rewards had come after he began the summer in dynamic fashion with a then New South Wales one-day record of 165, and followed it with 97 from 54 balls in the FR Cup, proving his success was not a one-off. His 390 runs in that competition came at a strike-rate of 129 and an average of 55.71.


Promoted to the Australian one-day team, he struggled after a strong 69 in his second game and was dropped, but remained in the Twenty20 plans. Despite the attention of the national selectors, he could not convince the state panel that he was worthy of a Sheffield Shield debut until a late reshuffle enabled him to play the final match of the season. He picked up 42 off 48 balls in a satisfying start and then headed to South Africa as a Twenty20 specialist in Australia's squad. Shortly after he returned for the IPL and was named in the World Cup outfit. In the global Twenty20 tournament in England he scored 63 against West Indies, and followed up with 150 runs at strike-rate of 148 in the Caribbean a year later, when Australia reached the final.


He remains desperate to be considered in all forms and signed a three-year deal with the Blues in 2010 when there was the threat on an interstate move. Last summer he scored 89 runs in three Shield games and 195 in eight FR Cup appearances. It was again in the shortest form that he excelled and his strike-rate was an amazing 232.87 in five Twenty20 domestic fixtures, which came after he helped the Blues to the inaugural Champions League trophy in India.


Warner tasted state cricket for the first time in 2006-07 with two limited-overs and three Twenty20 appearances. An excellent fieldsman, Warner was used as a substitute in Australia's Test against South Africa in Perth in 2005-06. In the same season he was the leading run-scorer on the Australia Under-19 tour of India and went on to play at the Under-19 World Cup. A keen surfer, Warner completed his second year as a New South Wales rookie in 2007-08 after spending his winter at the Academy, a stint which ended early when he was sent home for general untidyness. He picked up an unbeaten 50 in his only FR Cup game that season, played four Twenty20 affairs and was promoted to a full deal following 760 grade runs at 54.29 with Easts.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:36 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name David John Hussey


Born July 15, 1977, Mt Lawley, Perth, Western Australia


Current age 33 years 321 days


Major teams Australia, Australia A, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Northern Districts, Nottinghamshire, Sussex Cricket Board, Victoria


Nickname Huss


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Height 1.80 m


Relation Brother - MEK Hussey

David John Hussey

As the younger brother of Michael, David Hussey has copied his sibling's talent for ridiculous scoring in the English county competition. Also like Michael, Hussey has been forced to pile up mountains of runs in Australia before gaining the confidence of the national selectors. It took his first 1000-run season in 2007-08 before he was finally chosen for a tour, the ODI series in the West Indies in 2008, and earned his first Cricket Australia contract. Earlier in that summer he made his Twenty20 international debut against India at the MCG. Hussey was one of the big surprises in the Indian Premier League auction when Kolkata paid $625,000 to secure him - far more than the sums offered for his brother and Ricky Ponting. Over the next couple of years he was a regular in Australia's Twenty20 team and a fringe ODI player. In 2009-10, Hussey topped the Sheffield Shield run tally with 970 at 57.05, including 168 in the final as he helped Victoria raise the trophy with victory over Queensland. But within a month Hussey had lost his CA contract as the selectors looked to younger men.


Despite his crash-and-bash style, Hussey is desperate not to be pigeon-holed as a Twenty20 player, although that appears to be where his international future lies. Still, he has been a standout first-class player in county cricket and for Victoria; only Simon Katich made more runs than him in the 2007-08 Sheffield Shield campaign. He only made two centuries and his best was 104 but his consistency was remarkable. Equally impressive was his 484 FR Cup runs at 44, including a 60-ball century - the second-fastest in Australia's domestic one-day history - that featured eight sixes. It was no surprise when Hussey was named Victoria's Player of the Year in all three formats. He had come off a prolific season at Nottinghamshire, where he made 1219 runs at 93.76, including 275 from 227 balls against Essex. The next summer he struggled in the Sheffield Shield before making an important century in the final win, and he held on to his national contract. That was soon followed by a brutal 88 from 44 balls in a Twenty20 international in Johannesburg, and his maiden ODI century came against Scotland in August 2009.


An aggressive batsman with a strong bottom-hand technique, Hussey hit a breathtaking, breakthrough 212 not out at nearly a run a ball in 2003-04, which was his first full-time season at first-class level. The innings came as Victoria chased a record-breaking 455 for a Pura Cup victory in Newcastle and Steve Waugh, the opposing captain, was impressed. The summer ended with 857 runs at 61 and was quickly followed by 1208 county runs in 2004. Repeating the local haul was difficult and despite starring for Australia A in one-day games - he hit a century against West Indies and a fifty against Pakistan - he was unable to hold his Pura Cup spot. The unhappy Hussey wanted a release to return to Western Australia, where he had played under-19 and 2nd XI games, but Cricket Victoria insisted he stay. Arriving in Nottingham he immediately fixed a minor technical problem and went on to gorge 1231 runs with a high of 232 not out as the county won the Championship. Another solid effort at Nottinghamshire in 2006 - he made 1103 runs at 50.13 - preceded his state-topping 911 Pura Cup runs at 53.58 in 2006-07, when he scored centuries in three consecutive matches.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:34 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Adam Charles Voges


Born October 4, 1979, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia


Major teams Australia, Australia A, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, Rajasthan Royals, Western Australia


Nickname Kenny, Hank


Playing role Top-order batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox


Height 1.85 m



Adam Charles Voges

Adam Voges is an attacking batsman who spent a lot of time on the fringes of Australia's limited-overs squads before breaking through in 2009. Since then he has been called on regularly without making the impact to guarantee his spot in every game. However, it is a run that he probably didn't expect after choosing to get married early in 2009 instead of joining the team on its tour of South Africa. He re-found favour, scored 697 first-class runs at 77.44 for Nottinghamshire, and was soon enjoying the best phase of his international career, including an ODI personal best of 72 against Scotland.


A strong hitter from Western Australia, Voges was originally most famous for his maiden one-day century in 2004-05, a 62-ball effort which was then the fastest in the country's domestic history. Not only did he break a record, he also clattered a sponsor's sign with one of seven sixes. Voges collected many plaudits for the innings and a $50,000 bonus for superb aim. His first Pura Cup hundred also came during that breakthrough summer and he finished with an eye-catching double of 362 four-day runs at 72.40 and 287 at 31.88 in the one-day competition. Backing up with another fine season, Voges picked up 512 runs in nine Pura Cup games in 2005-06 with a high of 178 against Queensland, and gathered three half-centuries and an average of almost 50 in the one-day event. His prize was a return to the Academy for a second stint after he captained the team on a development tour to India in 2004.


In 2006-07, he went from domestic attention-grabber to international newsmaker when, in the wake of Damien Martyn's unexpected retirement, he received a call to join Australia's squad for the third Test against England at the WACA. He wasn't needed and waited another two months for his international debut, which came at Hamilton in the Chappell-Hadlee Series. Voges almost didn't get a bat as Matthew Hayden dominated, but rushed to 16 not out off ten balls to finish the innings. He earned his first Cricket Australia contract in 2007 and made a pair of Twenty20 international appearances in 2007-08, when his domestic campaign consisted of 562 Pura Cup runs at 37.46 - a useful but not outstanding tally. Voges' one-day form was better and his 306 FR Cup runs at 51 helped him stay in the national frame. In 2008-09 he was recalled to the one-day squad for the Chappell-Hadlee Series, showing the selectors had not forgotten about him despite some modest returns.


He didn't have the impact he would have liked during his county stint with Nottinghamshire in 2008 and visited India with Australia A in September, having been overlooked for the ODI series against Bangladesh. A respected team leader, Voges captained Australia A in Pakistan in 2007 and has led Western Australia when Marcus North has been away.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:32 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Usman Tariq Khawaja


Born December 18, 1986, Islamabad, Pakistan


Major teams Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Australian Institute of Sports, Derbyshire, New South Wales


Nickname Usie


Playing role Top-order batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Height 1.75 m



Usman Tariq Khawaja

Born in Pakistan, Usman Khawaja moved to Australia when he was a young boy and achieved his dream of becoming the first Muslim to play for the country when he was picked for the final Ashes Test of the 2010-11 series at Sydney.


In a series that had brought plenty of gloom for Australia, Khawaja was a ray of hope. He replaced an injured and out-of-form Ricky Ponting and marked his arrival in style - pulling his second ball in Test cricket to the midwicket boundary. He only made 37 and and 21 in the match but his poise, temperament and charisma was enough for him to be hailed as Australia's top-order saviour.


A fine left-handed batsman who was a national under-19 representative, Khawaja delivered on the rave reviews during his second and third seasons with New South Wales. He collected three Sheffield Shield centuries in 2009-10 in a haul of 698 runs, following a return of 554 at 42.61 the previous summer.


New South Wales were in the desperate trouble of 4 for 88 at the Gabba when Khawaja stepped in with his maiden century and he followed his 112 with 172 not out in the final game of 2008-09. Khawaja was picked for three first-class games with New South Wales in 2007-08, impressing on debut with an 85 that almost earned first-innings points. He finished the summer with a state average of 32.33 and a growing reputation, which was enhanced by 1134 runs for the Randwick Petersham club. While cricket is his love, Khawaja is also a qualified pilot.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Peter Matthew Siddle


Born November 25, 1984, Traralgon, Victoria


Major teams Australia, Australia A, Victoria


Nickname Vicious, Dermie


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium


Height 1.87 m

Peter Matthew Siddle

With a charging run-up, powerful delivery, worrying bounce and elongated appeal, Peter Siddle made a lasting mark in 2008-09 as he stepped up from promising domestic bowler to a speedster who could be part of Australia's attack for years. But he soon suffered the fast man's curse and early in 2010 was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back that required a lengthy rehabilitation. The timing was poor, interrupting his career after 60 wickets in 17 Tests, and continued a long-running battle with his body.


Picked for the tour of India, he made his debut in Mohali and hit Gautam Gambhir in the head with his first ball. There were four wickets in that game, but he wasn't called on again until South Africa arrived in Perth and he struggled to worry the batsmen in their record win. Undeterred by the setback, he fought back immediately on his MCG home ground with 4 for 81 and confirmed his status with 5 for 59 and an eight-wicket match haul the following week in Sydney.


A nagging foot problem forced him to rest before the South Africa tour, where he displayed strength, courage and fire in picking up 12 wickets at 22.5 in the memorable series win. He didn't stay for the one-day series and went home for more rehabilitation on his foot ahead of the Ashes. He was a committed figure during that series - loud and brash on the field and calm off it - and a first-innings 5 for 21 at Leeds helped him to 20 wickets. Named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year in 2009, he followed up with a quiet home summer in Tests.


Before 2008-09 it was his shoulder that was the major problem. He had a reconstruction that sidelined him for most of 2006-07, then dislocated it at the beginning of 2007-08 before aggravating it towards the end of the summer. Another reconstruction came after he bowled through the pain of the shoulder - and a tooth abscess - to be Victoria's best quick in the Pura Cup final loss to New South Wales, with match figures of 9 for 167.


When fit Siddle, a right-armer with genuine pace and the ability to swing the ball, was the most threatening fast man in the attack, picking up 33 wickets at 15.75 from five matches three seasons ago. He destroyed South Australia early in the campaign with 5 for 27 as they were skittled for 77, rattled the Redbacks again later in the summer with 6 for 57 and collected 5 for 61 in a win over Tasmania. The consistent successes led to a visit to India with Australia A and it was followed by his Test promotion.


Siddle grew up in Morwell in rural Victoria and was already a promising competitive woodchopper when he eventually took up cricket at 14. He became a successful youth player whose honours included taking 11 for 47 in a state under-17 match, breaking the long-standing record of John Scholes, the late Victoria coach. He was bumped up from a rookie contract to a full Bushrangers deal in 2006-07 but his injury limited him to two Pura Cup games after his first-class career began the previous summer against the touring West Indians. He attended the Academy in 2004 and 2006, and was also offered a place in 2007.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:26 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Marcus James North


Born July 28, 1979, Pakenham, Melbourne, Victoria


Current age 31 years 308 days


Major teams Australia, Australia A, Derbyshire, Durham, Durham Cricket Board, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Western Australia


Nickname Snorks


Playing role Middle-order batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Height 1.86 m

Marcus James North

After years of being consistently on the fringes of the national set-up, Marcus North's chance came when he was picked in Australia's squad for the 2008-09 tour of South Africa, and he scored a century on debut in the first Test at the Wanderers. He had impressed the selectors with his ability to prosper on difficult pitches - his offspin also helped his cause - and it was just reward for one of Western Australia's most reliable performers. Having started with a vital 117 as Australia's batsmen struggled in the opening match, he scored another 38 runs in three innings and picked up two wickets to show his part-time bowling value. Instead of appearing in the third Test, he spent the opening day sick in hospital, but stayed for the one-day series when Adam Voges pulled out. He also went to the United Arab Emirates via Hampshire to cover for Shaun Marsh, failing twice in the ODIs against Pakistan.


The 2009 Ashes was the series for his most accomplished performances at Test level, which included an unbeaten 125 in Cardiff and back-to-back returns of 96 and 110 in Birmingham and Leeds. He also had five scores of 12 or less to highlight his strange hit-and-miss tendency, and his life was made harder by being the main spinner in the decider at The Oval. Back in Australia for his first local Test experience, North was soon struggling and his position was in doubt after only 207 runs in six Tests against West Indies and Pakistan.


Under immense pressure, he went to New Zealand, immediately fixed a damaging technical glitch and picked up 112, 9 and 90 in the two-Test series. "It was a pretty defining couple of innings for my career," he said. However, he faltered again with the bat in the series against Pakistan in England, although he managed to get on the honour boards at Lord's with 6 for 55 in the second innings.


A well-organised left-hander, North was afflicted by a casual attitude in his initial seasons with Western Australia as he made the transition from decorated youth player to senior squad member. He had significant success at under-age level, having been a member of several Academy and national junior sides and an elite scholar in 1998. He is particularly well remembered for a remarkable double of 200 and 134 at Sheikhupura during an Australian Youth team's tour of Pakistan in early 1997. His debut at first-class level came in 1998-99 on an Academy tour of Zimbabwe, and he quickly showcased his potential upon his elevation to senior interstate ranks the following season, hitting a brave 60 to help his team to a tense win over South Australia.


For several years he rode an outstanding form streak, which began in 2003-04 with 984 runs in the Pura Cup and a century against Zimbabwe for Australia A. He followed with Pura Cup tallies of 826, 712 and 680 before a knee problem struck. Often a dangerous one-day player as well, North blasted 115 from 85 balls in a limited-overs game against Tasmania in 2006-07. North's special talents were recognised by Western Australia when he was handed the state's captaincy for 2007-08, only to miss much of the season with a degenerative knee condition. It was January before he could actually take up the on-field leadership and his Pura Cup campaign was limited to 184 runs at 26.28 from four games. He had a strong county season with Gloucestershire and was picked for Australia A's tour of India in September 2008.



Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Andrew Barry McDonald


Born June 5, 1981, Wodonga, Victoria


Major teams Australia, Australia A, Delhi Daredevils, Leicestershire, Victoria


Nickname Ronnie


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium


Height 1.94 m


Relation Brother - BG McDonald

Andrew Barry McDonald

Andrew McDonald gave hope to all Sheffield Shield players in 2008-09 when he was a surprise pick for the Test team. He played four matches in a row against South Africa and was an energetic member of the Ashes squad without appearing in a major game. After heading back to the domestic ranks he had a useful home summer, held on to his national contract and went to England for a stint with Leicestershire.


A handy allrounder, McDonald does not have the star quality of Flintoff, Symonds or Watson, but he showed Ricky Ponting he could be an important role player with the ball. He started at the SCG batting at No. 6 and quickly lost his helmet - but not his head - after receiving a Morne Morkel bouncer. However, he did not score more than his initial 15 until the last act of the series in South Africa, where his 68 could not stop an innings defeat. More value was displayed in his medium pace, which rarely strayed and allowed pressure to be built while the main men attacked at the other end. There were three wickets on debut and he claimed at least one victim in the rest of his games.


On the state scene McDonald collected an impressive 28 first-class breakthroughs in 2009-10 to go with 433 runs, a haul which helped Victoria to the Sheffield Shield. The previous summer he scored 356 Sheffield Shield runs at 44.5 and took 22 wickets at 21.31, as well as being a key performer in the one-day side. There was also a consistent season in 2007-08 after enjoying a breakthrough campaign the previous summer.


He helped Victoria reach the Pura Cup final with 545 runs at 49.54 combined with 13 wickets at 37.92. McDonald added his second first-class century when he led a fightback with 139 against South Australia at the Junction Oval, after reaching triple-figures for the first time in 2006-07. That season he was exceptional, topping Victoria's Pura Cup wicket tally and finishing second to Brad Hodge in their batting averages. He came into the summer with one first-class half-century; he added six more and averaged 57.69. His 29 dismissals were invaluable in an injury-ravaged Bushrangers attack and his 6 for 34 against Queensland was a career-best.


His red hair and surname inevitably invited the nickname Ronnie, but there was no clowning around from McDonald in 2006-07, when he became only the fifth player in Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup history to make 750 runs and take 25 wickets in a season. Not surprisingly, he was Victoria's Pura Cup Player of the Year and earned a part-time Academy place for 2007, and was picked in the Australia A squad to tour Pakistan in September but had to pull out due to a shoulder injury.


A former Australia Under-19 player, McDonald was tipped for a bright future after picking up 32 wickets in ten games in 2003-04. Backed by a haul of 6 for 67 against Western Australia and another burst of 4 for 2 in 14 balls, he seemed ready to settle in the side. However, the following summer he had finger surgery and his appearances became less frequent. The 2005-06 campaign was subdued but he burst back and remains one of the keys to Victoria's chances of four-day and one-day success.


Posted by anccricket on October 22, 2008 at 7:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name James Redfern Hopes


Born October 24, 1978, Townsville, Queensland


Major teams Australia, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Queensland


Nickname Catfish


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Height 1.80 m

James Redfern Hopes

James Hopes was earmarked for higher honours in national youth teams, but took a few years to settle once graduating to the first-class level. Over the past four seasons he has been a regular with the limited-overs squads, chipping in as an evenly balanced allrounder. A brisk medium-pacer who shapes the ball, he is also an aggressive and versatile batsman who has been used at the top and lower reaches of the order. Throughout his career he has had to fight for international recognition, battling with Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds, Cameron White and Steven Smith for game time.


Hopes' most productive day at elite level came in 2010 when his 5 for 14 ensured Australia would not be embarrassed by Ireland in an ODI in Dublin. The career-best figures were a deserved reward for a low-key player who pops in to deliver handy overs or scramble late runs. His 57 off 26 balls against West Indies at Melbourne was one of three career half-centuries, coming after he had been an ODI fixture for most of 2009. In 31 matches he scored 501 runs at 25 and added 27 wickets.


In 2007-08 he experienced a busy campaign with 24 ODIs as he took part in all of Australia's one-day series. As well as useful batting contributions, there was usually a breakthrough in every game and his multi-purpose skills became highly valued by the team. The IPL franchise King's XI Punjab picked him up and he was a fine contributor in the opening season, but missed the second event to rest an injury, and was hurt in the lead-up to the third tournament.


If Watson had returned to Queensland from Tasmania a year earlier, Hopes could have spent 2004-05 pushing for a state place rather than impressing the Australia selectors and earning a one-day tour of New Zealand. He has five Pura Cup centuries for Queensland and two one-day hundreds, but bowling was his main weapon in the domestic competition in 2005-06. He collected 15 wickets at 18.33 in the ING Cup and 16 at 22.56 in the Pura Cup, but was unable to transfer his regular success into the international arena. Adding eight ODI appearances, he did not take more than a wicket in a match, although his batting showed promise with a top score of 43 against Sri Lanka.


Hopes was dropped from the squad at the end of the VB Series and missed the tour to South Africa, but when Watson suffered a calf problem in Bangladesh he was replaced by his Queensland team-mate. Despite the late-season promotion, Hopes was cut from the national contract list and told to re-impress in interstate competition. He did that for Queensland in 2006-07, scoring 553 runs and taking 21 wickets in the Pura Cup, and capturing a season-high 20 victims and a first one-day century in the FR Cup. When another Watson injury occurred Hopes was put on World Cup standby before regaining his Cricket Australia deal.


A regular sweater in the gym, Hopes would love to be a professional golfer, but instead drives powerfully through the covers. Hopes, who made his debut in 2001, is the Bulls' leading wicket-taker in the one-day competition and Stuart MacGill's record of 124 is under threat. In 2010-11 he was handed the state captaincy, replacing Chris Simpson. He began with Queensland's Emerging Players as a 13-year-old and played in the state's under-age sides before progressing to the Australia Under-19 team - he scored 105, 71 and 51 at the 1998 Youth World Cup - and the Academy.