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Interview with former Australian leg spinner Kristen Beams

Interview with former Australian leg spinner Kristen Beams

April 30, 2020

Kristen Beams was one of the first female cricketers to take the plunge and move states to pursue her dream of playing at the highest level. She would go on to represent Australia with distinction as a leg spinner across all three formats of the game. 

We will hear how Kristen found a home at the Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club experiencing some of her fondest cricket memories including breaking a premiership winning drought at the club.

Kristen reflects on her time playing for Victoria, winning three consecutive T20 titles taking 6-20 including a hat trick as well as breaking into the Australian team.

She shares the significance behind her choice of the number 14 shirt for Australia, her memories of playing a Test Match as well as giving us insights into the 2017 World Cup.

We ask Kristen about captaining the Melbourne Stars, commentating on ABC Grandstand and the Australian team winning the 2020 World Cup in front of over 86000 fans at the MCG.

Needless to say we will also find out which three people Kristen would most like to join her in the nets. Without giving too much away, we can reveal a Tasmanian icon rates a mention.

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Cricket - Peter George Interview

Cricket - Peter George Interview

April 21, 2020

Peter George always had a dream of wearing the Baggy Green and this would become a reality for him as progressed through the ranks at the West Torrens cricket club and playing for South Australia at u-19 level.

He made an early impression with the ball on debut for South Australia in November 2008 claiming 4-56 against Tasmania including the wicket of current Australian captain Tim Paine. He had further success in the 2009/10 summer taking career best figures of 8-84 against Tasmania and finishing equal second on the wicket takers list for the season with 36 wickets at 30.44.

This lead to him being on standby for Ryan Harris with the Australian team in New Zealand, representing Australia A against Sri Lanka and touring England for the Test series against Pakistan in 2010.

Peter would eventually get his opportunity to put on the Baggy Green in Bangalore and joining an elite club of bowlers who have dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in their first Test Match.

In this episode of the Cricket Library Podcast, we ask Peter about where his passion for cricket began, his journey to the Baggy Green, losing his contract at South Australia and moving to Queensland without a contract.

Peter shares about his current pursuits inventing the My Call No Ball Technology that you can also find more about by visiting his website www.mycallnoball.com 

The episode would not be complete without us asking about his dream net session and we have a former Australian Prime Minister and an actor make their way onto his list as well as someone who has a set of nets named in their honour.

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Cricket - Nathan Hauritz Interview

Cricket - Nathan Hauritz Interview

April 8, 2020

Nathan Hauritz burst onto the International Cricket scene receiving a call up to the Australian team as a 20 year old after making an early impression playing for Queensland and Australia at u-19 level where he played alongside the likes of Michael Clarke, Ed Cowan, Mitch Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson and Andrew McDonald.

He went on to represent Australia in 17 Test Matches claiming 63 wickets with career best figures of 5-53. Nathan also played 58 ODI's also picking up 63 wickets with best figures of 4-29.

Hauritz was also more than handy with the bat scoring three half centuries for Australia and had a highest First Class score of 146 for NSW against South Australia in 2010.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, we relive some highlights from Nathan's career as well as exploring some of the challenges he faced in addition to the difficulties associated with transitioning out of cricket.

As always, we ask who Nathan would most like to have a net with and he provides us with three excellent candidates including the first time a WWE Superstar gains a nomination.

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