The Best of Bevan: The World's Finest One-Day Cricketer Recalls His Most Memorable Matches

The Best of Bevan: The World's Finest One-Day Cricketer Recalls His Most Memorable Matches

Michael Bevan, Geoff Armstrong

Language: English

Pages: 220

ISBN: 2:00123936

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Best of Bevan: The World's Finest One-Day Cricketer Recalls His Most Memorable Matches

Michael Bevan, Geoff Armstrong

Language: English

Pages: 220

ISBN: 2:00123936

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Michael Bevan is one of Australia's most exciting and skilful batsmen, and a sporting hero to tens of thousands. His uncanny knack of being able to work the ball into even the narrowest of gaps in the field; to see many innings through to their conclusion without losing his wicket; and to accumulate runs with a minimum of fuss, has seen Bevan dubbed the world's best limited-overs batsman. In a career which has taken him to virtually every corner of the cricketing world, Bevan has been an integral member of the Australian one-day team and has been a key factor behind innumerable international wins. He was a part of the country's victorious 1999 World Cup side, and in January 2002, pulled Australia back from an "impossible position" to win against New Zealand in the Tri Nations one-day series with a masterful, calculated innings of 102 runs. This compilation offers a snapshot of more than 40 of Michael's favourite cricket matches and memories, but also covers very personal memories and thoughts about the game, his team mates (including Adam Gilchrist and the Waugh brothers) and various respected opponents (including Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Cairns), and the highlights and lowpoints of a colourful career. The book is published to coincide with the 2002 World Cup One-Day Cricket Series.

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straightaway face Wasim Akram at his fastest, and then Waqar Younis and the leggie Mushtaq as well, was one of the better innings of my life. When I got out there, Wasim had the ball swinging ‘Irish’ in a way I had not encountered before (in the good old days, a ball would stop swinging once it lost its shine, but then some bowlers—reputedly Imran Khan was the first—discovered that if you roughed one side of the ball, and soaked it with sweat, you could make it swing again). Soon after, Mark

I could THE BEST OF BEVAN 111 Bh0642M-PressProofs.QX5 5/12/07 3:03 AM Page 112 never understand why a batsman such as the former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga would rarely run hard between the wickets. Then I realised that he was probably just reflecting the circumstances in which he played most of his cricket; if you end up batting for any length of time, it’s so hard over there to maintain your concentration if you’re constantly fighting fatigue and dizziness. The fact we are

and we were gone. But we beat India and Zimbabwe fairly comfortably, to give us four wins on the trot, and set up what was for us a sudden-death Super Six game against South Africa at Headingley. What a match this turned out to be, made famous for Steve Waugh’s great innings, which took us to one of the finest victories I have ever been involved in, achieved against an outstanding side who were very confident and in impressive form. The biggest thing we had in our favour going into the game was a

Harare on this brief 1999 tour. So I haven’t seen too much of Andy Flower, but what I have seen has impressed me. He has put up some amazing numbers in Test cricket over the past couple of years. His Test batting average is well above 50 (at 30 June 2002 it was 52.30, his having scored 4655 runs in 61 Tests since his debut in Zimbabwe’s first ever Test match appearance, in 1992), which is especially good for a bloke who has also often kept wicket. Indeed, he is one of only four men to score more

to the oneday game that will become more popular in the seasons ahead. As teams search for an advantage, they’ll rehearse unusual moves, teach themselves rare skills that will give them an edge, not just tinker briefly with radical ideas, but work on them and constantly modify them until they’ve got them right. The ‘principles’ will always stay the same. There is never a need to complicate things unnecessarily. But there can be times in a one-day match where you need to try something different,

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