Friday 23 February 2018 / 05:44 AM


The focus will be solely on the five-day format when England arrive Down Under for the Ashes series, but we can’t resist highlighting one of our favourite individual performances by an Australian at the Poms’ expense.

Too Good Tuesday is revisiting a phenomenal individual performance that made us put down our FHM magazines and turn down ‘Seven Nation Army’ momentarily in 2003.

Lionhearted Queenslander Andy Bichel enjoyed one of his finest hours at the ’03 World Cup in South Africa, ripping through England’s batting line-up with 7/20 off 10 overs.

England had made a bright start to be 66 without loss in the 10th over, but Bichel’s devastating opening spell of 4/10 had the underdogs on the ropes. The veteran seamer returned later to terrorise the lower order as England reached a modest 8/204.

Australia almost crumbled in the chase, left reeling at 8/135, but the mercurial Michael Bevan (74 not out) and that man again Bichel (34 not out) guided the eventual champs to a two-wicket victory with two balls to spare.

Bichel’s figures are the second-best in World Cup history, behind only teammate Glenn McGrath, who took 7/15 against the lowly Netherlands just three days earlier.

Bichel claimed 78 wickets in 67 ODIs from 1997-2004, while he collected 58 Test scalps in just 19 matches  from 1997-2003 – including 10 wickets in three Ashes appearances during the 2002-03 series on home soil.

[YouTube – Hugh Rigney]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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