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No Canberrans whatsoever involved in first ashes test

By 21 July 2005 6

This is a travesty. However, it will not stop me from going down to the club, drinking some cold schooners and watching us beat the bejesus out of the Poms once again.

The only vague links to Canberra I could come up with are that Michael Bevan played for Australia in test cricket and came from Canberra, Brad Haddin (ex Comet) toured with the one day side and is in the squad, and I once played against Merv Hughes (now Australian selector) in Victoria when he was a young tearaway fast bowler with no mo but lots of hair when he was about 16.

Live coverage on, of all stations, SBS at about 1930.

Or for those stuck in front of a computer, live ball by ball scores here at Cricinfo.

And although he won’t play, Brad Haddin’s career is here.

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6 Responses to No Canberrans whatsoever involved in first ashes test
#1
Vic Bitterman8:50 pm, 21 Jul 05

Jason Gillespie’s brother and family live here in Canberra… I’m good mates with em! :-)

(Refer last Saturday’s Canberra Times…. Jase became an uncle again!)

#2
Vic Bitterman8:53 pm, 21 Jul 05

Oh yeah…. you mentioned legend Merv…. I used to live a street away from him in Melbourne, and he was a member of the golf course I used to work at.

Yes, it’s true, big Merv likes a beer or two… I have pulled him many a VB at the golf club!!!!

So there ya go – there *is* a Canberra connection to the Ashes!

There’s got to be others apart from me – c’mon peoples, spill it!!!!

#3
Thumper11:47 pm, 21 Jul 05

I also had the pleasure of being bowled by Simon O’Donnell, after I had cut him for two boundaries…

And I caught him at gully when he batted for Assumption College.

Geez, that was a long time ago….

#4
bulldog9:15 am, 22 Jul 05

I like watching the Poms cop a pasting and I live in Canberra. How’s that for a connection?

#5
el2:49 pm, 22 Jul 05

I thought Bevan had only played in the one day side(?)

#6
Thumper2:53 pm, 22 Jul 05

No,

Bevo played a handful of tests back in the 90s but his lunging front foot technique was sorely tested by quick bowlers around the world and he only managed to average around 30 or so with a highest of about 85.

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