Michael Kasprowicz

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Michael Kasprowicz
Personal information
Full nameMichael Scott Kasprowicz
Born (1972-02-10) 10 February 1972 (age 46)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nickname Kasper [1]
Height6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  369)22 November 1996 v  West Indies
Last Test4 April 2006 v  South Africa
ODI debut (cap  125)19 December 1995 v  West Indies
Last ODI12 July 2005 v  England
T20I debut (cap  5)17 February 2005 v  New Zealand
Last T20I13 June 2005 v  England
Domestic team information
1989/90–2007/08 Queensland
1994 Essex
1999 Leicestershire
2002–2004 Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Runs scored445744,342955
Batting average 10.5918.5017.7214.46
Top score2528* 9240
Balls bowled7,1402,22548,55210,790
Wickets 11367944293
Bowling average 32.8824.9826.5226.51
5 wickets in innings 42513
10 wickets in match0060
Best bowling7/365/459/365/45
Catches/stumpings 16/–13/–95/–47/–
Source: Cricinfo, 13 September 2017

Michael Scott Kasprowicz (born 10 February 1972) is a former Australian international cricketer, who played all formats of the game. He is a right arm fast bowler. He represented Queensland and played in the English county scene at first class level.


Personal life

Kasprowicz is the older brother of former professional rugby union player Simon Kasprowicz. Their father is from Poland. [2] He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland. [3] [4] Kasprowicz is also a father to 3 children.

Domestic career

He made his debut for Queensland as a seventeen-year-old in the 1989–1990 domestic season. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1990–1991. [5]

In 1991, Kasprowicz played for the Australian Under 19 team which was captained by Damien Martyn. [2] By the 1991/92 season, Kasprowicz became the youngest Australia to take 50 first class wickets. [2]

Kasprowicz represented Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League. Kasprowicz's name was not added to the list of national contract awardees announced by the ACB on 1 May 2007. [6]

International career

His solid performances for Queensland earned him a Test debut against West Indies in his native Brisbane in November 1996. However, he would go through his first two Test matches for Australia wicketless.

Kasprowicz played in all the Tests on the tours of Sri Lanka and India in 2004, which were won 3–0 and 2–1. After being in and out of the side since his debut, Kasprowicz returned in 2004 to hold down a regular spot ahead of Brett Lee.

In the 2005 Ashes, Kasprowicz almost pulled off an escape for the Australian team in the second test at Edgbaston. On the final day England needed one last wicket with Kasprowicz and Brett Lee at the crease. However the two batsmen had edged Australia to within two runs of England. But then Kasprowicz gloved a Steve Harmison ball to Geraint Jones and England won. Though TV replays showed the dismissal should not have been given as Kasprowicz took his lower hand off the bat before ball hit glove. [7] After the 2005 Ashes loss to England, Kasprowicz was dropped from the Australian team and his Cricket Australia contract was not extended. However, he had a successful 2005/06 domestic season with Queensland, taking 44 wickets. This effort earned him a tenth recall to the national side to replace Glenn McGrath as Brett Lee's new ball partner.

On 8 February 2008 he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket effective 16 February. [8] Kasprowicz's best Test batting score of 25 was made against India, Kolkata, 1997–1998. His best Test bowling figures of 7 for 36 came against England, The Oval, 1997. Kasprowicz's best ODI Batting score of 28 not out was made against England, Lord's, 1997. His best ODI bowling figures of 5 for 45 came against Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2003–2004.


Kasprowicz is a director at Cricket Australia since 2011 but briefly resigned in 2016 to serve as interim CEO of Queensland Cricket. [3]


  1. "Cricinfo profile". Content.cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  2. 1 2 3 https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket-gentle-giant-with-a-need-for-rhythm-essex-needed-a-bowler-they-chose-the-highly-recommended-1435951.html
  3. 1 2 http://www.qldcricket.com.au/blog/2016/05/18/michael-kasprowicz-appointed-interim-ceo/
  4. jspasaro. "FEATURE: Michael Kasprowicz goes from bowling to business". Queensland Times. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  5. Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002.
  6. Cricinfo – Gillespie keeps his national contract
  7. "England clinch thrilling victory". BBC. 7 August 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. Kasprowicz announces retirement BBC News retrieved 8 February 2008