With George Bailey seemingly mounting a iron clad case for Ashes selection through his performances as the finisher in the one day team it raise the question will Bailey be the next Mike Hussey (all format hero) or the next Michael Bevan (one day only maestro) ?
Here’s an XI of perhaps the more obscure players who have made it into the Australian One Day side but not progressed onto the Test team.
1. Michael Di Venuto (9 games, 1997)
After Australia lost the 1996 World Cup final to Sri Lanka it was decided a dasher at the top of the order was required so Tasmania’s Michael Di Venuto was brought into the team for the one day component of the 1997 tour of South Africa – a 7 game series in which Australia had 3 different captains: Mark Taylor, Ian Healy and Steve Waugh. Di Venuto manged a highest score of 89 in 6 games in South Africa and later that same year padded up for three games pre Christmas in the triangular ODI series against South Africa and New Zealand. However, despite scoring a 77, Di Venuto was dropped never to be picked again. He is currently Australia’s batting coach.
2. Ryan Campbell (2 games, 2002)
Ryan Campbell played the agressor to Mike Hussey’s straight man as the opening pair for WA in one day cricket for many years and after Adam Gilchrist was called up to the Australian set up donned the keeping gloves for WA in all formats. His two appearances for Australia came as a fill in for Gilchrist to take some R&R. His claim to fame? Being the first guy to play the ramp shot in Australia as best I can remember.
3. Mark Cosgrove (3 games, 2006)
The big guy is still making runs for Tasmania but in 2006 “Mini Boof” made it into the Australian ODI team for the 3rd and final game of Australia’s first tour of Bangladesh in April 2006. Cosgrove stroked an impressive half century opening the batting on debut, rolled his arm over for 4 overs and was talked up as a prospect for the 2007 World Cup. He played just 2 more games in the cricket hotbed of Malaysia in September 2006. Cosgrove is currently 29 years old but his papers may well have been stamped: “Not to play for Australia again.”
4. Jimmy Maher (26 games, 1998 – 2003)
Australia’s Mr Fixit, wherever a gap in the batting order needed filling JImmy Maher was called upon, used and then dispatched again. His time in and around the Australian set up can best be summed up by his role in the 2003 World Cup. Selected in the sqaud as the back up keeper, despite very limited keeping appearances for Queensland, Maher played just two games for the tournament. The first was against Pakistan as a middle order replacement for Darren Lehmann and in the second Maher took the gloves and opened the batting against the Netherlands to give Adam Gilchrist a rest.
5. Jamie Siddons (1 game, 1988)
A brilliant domestic career that resulted in just one appearance for Australia: A one day international in Pakistan in 1988 where he made 32. On the same tour he was struck down by a debilitating stomach bug that took the best part of a year to overcome scuppering further international honours. Siddons played for Victoria and South Australia for 16 seasons amassing over 10,000 Sheffield Shield runs ( a record at the time and still 3rd on the all time list) and claiming 189 catches a record that still stands, shared with John Inverarity. He also played two games of VFL for Sydney in 1984. After succesful coaching stints in Australia and New Zealand, Siddons is now coach of Bangladesh.
6. Shane Lee (45 games, 1995- 2001)
Brett Lee’s older brother Shane, a bustling all rounder, was a member of both the World Cup squads in 1996 and 1999 and played some group stage games but he didn’t make the team when it mattered most, missing out on playing in both World Cup finals. The brothers Lee appeared in a number of ODIs together in 2000 but Shane Lee is perhaps best known for being part of Six & Out, the band formed by NSW teammates Gavin Robertson, Richard Chee Quee, Brad McNamara and Brett Lee, or perhaps not.
7. Brad Young (6 games, 1998-2003)
Brad Young was a left arm orthodox spinner for South Australia in the mid 1990’s. He earned only 6 ODI caps for Australia but represented Australia on more occasions as he was part of the Australia team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpa where cricket was an exhibition sport. With the West Indies split into countries none of the games were given international status, so Young’s hat trick against New Zealand did not make it onto his ODI record – unlucky. Young’s last ODI finished with him not batting or bowling after he slid into an advertising sign on the boundary of the SCG and damaged his knee.
8. Mick Lewis (7 games, 2005-2006)
Mick Lewis owns a ODI record: the most runs conceded by a bowler. It occurred at Johannesburg in March 2006 when South Africa successfully chased 434. Lewis was brought into the Aussie line up as an expert death bowler (and did deliver in an ODI v New Zealand in 2005) but 7 wickets at an average of 55 and nearly 7 runs per over suggested otherwise. Lewis wasn’t picked again after his ‘century’ in Jo’burg.
9. Brett Geeves (2 games, 2008-2009)
The most interesting thing Brett Geeves ever did was write a thoroughly entertaining blog on the Cricket Australia website a few years back. He also managed to squeeze in a couple of one dayers, the first was against Bangladesh on the last “Top End Tour” in Darwin. This tour was notable for two bits of Cricket Australia brilliance 1. The tour was suppose to be for 2 Tests and 3 ODIs but the Test component was dropped a few months before hand as Cricket Australia realised the Tests would clash with the Olympic Games…. in Beijing. I hate how they fixture those Olympic Games at the last minute! 2. Andrew Symonds was sacked for going fishing instead of attending an optional team meeting.
10. Anthony Stuart (3 games, 1997)
Life doesn’t get much better than claiming a hatrick in your third ODI. Unfortunately for NSW’s Anthony Stuart it was also his last ODI as his career was derailed by injury.
11. Brett Dorey (4 games, 2006)
A player whose career is remembered for one story. The story goes Dorey was living in London working as a body guard for a Russian billionaire (the truth could be closer to he was pulling pints at the Shepherds Bush Walkabout – we shall never know) anyway bored with body guarding Dorey, at 203cm tall, decided to move back to Perth and pursue a safer career option – fast bowling. Selected for four one dayers in 2006, commentators were want to bang on about Dorey’s similarities to Glenn McGrath. The statisitics, “Honky” Dorey took 2 wickets at an average of 73, suggested the only similarities between “John” Dorey and McGrath was their batting average – both were below four.
Take your pick from a trio of fast bowlers who really put the one day in one day cricket by only representing Australia once
Ashley Noffke (1 game, 2008)
Former Queenslander and Western Australian Noffke played 1 T20 & 1 ODI against India in 2008, 7 years after being a squad member on the 2001 Ashes tour. His state career ended when he decided to retire from four day cricket after the first Shield match of the season to play limited over cricket only for WA. New WACA coach Mickey Arthur was having none of that so sacked Noffke one game into the season.
Shane Harwood ( 1 game, 2009)
Shane Harwood looked like Wal Footrot but when finally lured from Ballarat to Melbourne bowled fast for Victoria and Australia. In a couple of T20s and his only one dayer in South Africa. Harwood was nicknamed “Stickers” for his collection of tattoos.
Dirk Nannes (1 game, 2009)
Dirk Nannes is probably the best known of the trio being a T20 dual international (Netherlands, Australia) with his sole ODI coming on the 2009 AShes tour against Scotland. Should a game against an Associate member even count?