The Best of Bevan: The World's Finest One-Day Cricketer by Michael Bevan, Geoff Armstrong

By Michael Bevan, Geoff Armstrong

Michael Bevan is one among Australia's most fun and skilful batsmen, and a wearing hero to tens of millions. His uncanny knack of having the ability to paintings the ball into even the narrowest of gaps within the box; to determine many innings via to their end with out wasting his wicket; and to amass runs with not less than fuss, has noticeable Bevan dubbed the world's most sensible limited-overs batsman. In a profession which has taken him to almost each nook of the cricketing global, Bevan has been an crucial member of the Australian one-day staff and has been a key issue at the back of innumerable overseas wins. He was once part of the country's effective 1999 global Cup facet, and in January 2002, pulled Australia again from an "impossible position" to win opposed to New Zealand within the Tri countries one-day sequence with a masterful, calculated innings of 102 runs. This compilation deals a image of greater than forty of Michael's favorite cricket fits and stories, but in addition covers very own thoughts and concepts in regards to the online game, his staff buddies (including Adam Gilchrist and the Waugh brothers) and numerous revered competitors (including Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Cairns), and the highlights and lowpoints of a colorful profession. The e-book is released to coincide with the 2002 international Cup One-Day Cricket sequence.

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Maybe I didn’t truly believe that I was good enough to score a Test century. —but that was the way I was thinking, even though it might not have been apparent to those watching. In The Age, Greg Baum wrote of this innings: ‘The mainstay was Bevan. ’ Still, my experiences at the batting crease in this series and since have led me to the conclusion that in your mind, subconsciously, you set yourself a level at which you think you are. And it can be extremely hard to climb above that level, hard to ‘believe in yourself ’, if your gut feeling is that you’re not quite good enough.

Early in that series I got out to a ‘throat’ ball from Darren Gough and played a few other short ones ordinarily as well. Immediately, I was reading and hearing through the media and elsewhere that I couldn’t play the short ball, to the point that I thought, ‘OK, I’ve got a problem with the short ball’. I didn’t really have a problem with the short ball at all—for the previous few years I’d coped with quick bowling pretty well, and in Pakistan I’d scored a few runs against Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis—but for the next three years I practised against the short ball, tried different things against the short ball, had heaps of short balls thrown at me, did hours with a bowling machine, was tagged as susceptible to the short ball, and focused on the wrong things.

I reckon that if they’d aimed at my legs, or concentrated on the ‘corridor of uncertainty’, that would have worked as well, because I wasn’t mentally strong and that’s why I was getting out. That’s what I needed to fix—and then the short ball wouldn’t have been a problem any more. I’ve been asked whether the Australian team set-up let me down? Why didn’t someone—the captain? QX5 5/12/07 3:03 AM Page 39 problem was? My view is that, as they say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

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