Speakers Profile - Michael Bevan

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"The best Batsman that ever played One Day Cricket" – so says Steve Waugh former Australian Captain. Michael Bevan's career has
gone from strength to strength, boasting achievements in the sport
some of the greats cannot comprehend nor come close to.

In 1990 he commenced his first class cricket career for New South Wales and made his debut in the Australian Test side versus Pakistan in 1994. Michael has played 18 Test matches, scoring 785 runs at an average of 29.07 and also taken 29 wickets. He is one of four Australian players to have taken 10 wickets and scored a half-century in a Test Match (6/82 & 4/31 plus 85 not out Vs West Indies in Adelaide, January 1997).

Michael has represented Australia in almost 100 One-Day Internationals scoring more than 3,000 runs including 22 half centuries, 3 centuries and taken 30 wickets. He boasts the highest batting average of any player in the history of One-Day International cricket, currently over 60.00. Many people consider Michael Bevan the best One-Day Cricketer in the world.

Michael has played 159 first class games and scored over 11,000 runs including 38 centuries and has an astonishing average of 53.04. In the 1997/98 season he was voted NSW player of the year whilst balancing his Test and One Day career. Also in 1998 he was a member of the Commonwealth Games team in Kuala Lumpur that won a Silver Medal. He is expected to play a key role for Australia in their bid to win the 1999 World Cup in England.

You may remember Michael on January 1, 1996 at the SCG for "That Shot". Playing for Australia against the West Indies at his home ground, Australia needed seven runs off the last over of the match for victory. West Indian Roger Harper was bowling. Dot ball, Wide, Run Out, single, single, dot ball then with one ball remaining, Australia needing 4 Runs to take the match, Michael Bevan hits the ball over the bowlers head down the field to win the game cementing him as an Australian cricketing legend.

Described as "One of the most marketable sporting personalities in the country", by advertising guru John Singleton, Michael was also selected as one of Who Weekly's 25 Most Beautiful People. His sporting ability and good looks certainly have positioned Michael as a favourite among all Australians.

Michael lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches with his wife Tracy and daughter Olivia and maintains his happiness being a champion sportsman, husband, father and a reluctant sex symbol.