26 July, 2021

Big, Bigger, Bichel

An unassuming and hard-working player, Bichel is consistent. To the extent that in his ten overs against England, he did not bowl a single wide or no ball.

Big, Bigger, Bichel
Almost six years ago, Andy Bichel had to make a heart-breaking and lonely journey homewards from England after suffering a back injury five weeks into the 1996-97 Ashes tour. Ever since he kept waiting to play against England till he finally got that chance, when Nasser Hussain's side went Down Under this season. Bichel played three Tests and an important role with 10 wickets as Australia mauled the English. And last week in his biggest World Cup game ever—he had earlier played against Holland and Namibia—Bichel once again tore into Hussain's side with a performance that will take some effort to match.

No matter what the situation, every Aussie skipper believes that his team has a chance as long as Bevan is at the wicket. That was proved yet again the other day, when 'Bev' carried them home from a hopeless situation against England in their final league match in the World Cup in South Africa. But when Bevan came out and spoke, he had fulsome praise for Bichel, the man at the other end of the wicket. First, Bichel was handed the ball when the English batsmen were scoring...

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