Michael Kasprowicz

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Michael Kasprowicz
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Personal information
Full nameMichael Scott Kasprowicz
Born (1972-02-10) 10 February 1972 (age 47)
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.

Australia national cricket team National sports team

The Australian men's national cricket team represents Australia in international cricket. As one of the oldest teams in Test cricket history, playing in the first ever Test match in 1877, the team also plays One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket, participating in both the first ODI, against England in the 1970–71 season and the first T20I, against New Zealand in the 2004–05 season, winning both games. The team draws its players from teams playing in the Australian domestic competitions – the Sheffield Shield, the Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament and the Big Bash League.


Personal life

A past student of Brisbane State High School, Kasprowicz is the older brother of former professional rugby union player Simon Kasprowicz. [2] He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland. [3] [4] Kasprowicz is also a father to 3 children.

Brisbane State High School state secondary school in Queensland, Australia

Brisbane State High School is a partially selective, co-educational, state secondary school, located in South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is a member of the Great Public Schools Association of Queensland, and the Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association. The school excels on the sporting field and in academic subjects with high Overall Position results. It was the first state secondary school established in Brisbane, as well as the first academic state high school to be founded in Queensland. The school employs a variety of selection criteria for prospective students, maintaining a quota for local area enrolments, however also using academic, sporting, cultural and artistic talents as means of determining the annual intake.

Simon Kasprowicz is a former Australian professional rugby union player who has played for the New South Wales Waratahs and Mitsubishi Sagamihara DynaBoars in Japan. He primarily played at flanker.

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]

The Australian Cricket Academy was founded in 1987 as a joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Australian Cricket Board (ACB). It was initially located at Henley Beach in Adelaide before moving to the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Queensland in 2004 and renamed the "Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence".

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]

Damien Martyn cricketer

Damien Richard Martyn is an Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs. He played for the national team sporadically in 1992–1994 before becoming a regular ODI player in 1999–2000 and a regular Test player in 2001 until his retirement in late 2006. He was primarily a right-handed middle-order batsman with a 'classical' technique, known in particular for his elegant strokemaking square of the wicket on the off-side and through the covers.

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]

Mumbai Champs was one of the nine teams played in the defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL). The team is based in Mumbai, India and its captain is former New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle.

The Indian Cricket League (ICL) was a private cricket league funded by Zee Entertainment Enterprises that operated between 2007 and 2009 in India. Its two seasons included tournaments between four international teams and nine domestic teams notionally located in major Indian cities as well as Lahore, Pakistan and Dhaka Warriors based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The matches were played in the Twenty20 format. There was also a planned domestic 50-over tournament, but this did not eventuate. While its establishment pre-dated the Indian Premier League, the ICL folded in 2009. Aside from commercial factors, the ICL lacked the support of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and International Cricket Council.

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.

Test cricket The longest form of cricket

Test cricket is the form of the sport of cricket with the longest match duration, and is considered the game's highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams that have been granted ‘Test status’, as determined and conferred by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The term Test stems from the fact that the long, gruelling matches are mentally and physically testing. Two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days. It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team's endurance and ability.

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]

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