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    January 17, 2007

    Bye Bevo

    Michael Bevan (ODI avg. 53.58, runs per inning 35.26, strike rate 74.16) announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He thus becomes eligible for a spot in the All-Star Book Cricket XI.

    Unfortunately, there's no way he's going to get into a test side ahead of middle-order batsmen like Hussain, Martyn and Thorpe. Bevan was coolness personified in the one-day game, no target beyond him. Try arguing with 4510 runs from positions 5, 6 and 7 from 138 innings and 1725 runs from 45 innings in successful chases! In fact, Bevan was quite successful at #4 where Australia tried him at that position between 2000 and 2001. I wonder why they pushed him back to #5 or #6 after that. Bevan's poor showing in the 2003/04 VB Series involving India and Zimbabwe where he only made 195 runs, most of them against Zimbabwe, was perhaps the main reason he got dropped a series later.

    But there's absolutely no way he's going to miss out on a spot in the one-day side which would probably read: Craig Wishart, Michael Slater/Nasser Hussain, Damien Martyn, Graham Thorpe, Michael Bevan (c), Chris Cairns, Heath Streak, Phil DeFreitas, Ridley Jacobs (wk), Venkatesh Prasad and Allan Donald.

    That's a pathetic opening pair. I'm sure we'll see this side become much better after the 2007 World Cup.

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    Hussey once said that it helped him what Bavan was doing. As when he started finishing up matches for Australia, there was no confusion as to what he was doing. They simply said he is doing the 'Bevan act'.

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