Former Aussie cricket stars announced to play in Ararat

Posted Monday 5 February, 01:55pm

Andy Bichel, Julia Price and Greg Matthews headline a list of seven former Australian players announced to tour Ararat for the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Masters tour.

The squad so far boasts talent whose Australian careers spanned across four decades.

ACA Masters squad so far:

Player Representation Domestic Matches International Matches
Julie Price Australia, TAS, QLD 129 94
Brett Geeves Australia, TAS 127 3
Greg Matthews Australia, NSW 312 92
Julien Wiener Australia, VIC 93 13
Peter Sleep Aus, SA 208 14
Andy Bichel Aus, QLD 450 86
Mark Cosgrove Australia, SA, TAS, Sydney Sixes 452 3

Andy Bichel played 86 internationals for Australia over a seven-year period. He took 58 wickets in 19 tests for Australia and was a valued member of the ODI team. Bichel was a star during Australia’s 2003 World Cup winning campaign, finishing the tournament with 16 wickets at 12.31.

A legend of the game, Julia Price played over 90 games as a wicket-keeper batter for Australia for the best part of a decade. She was also a member of Australia’s World Cup winning campaign in 1997, also finishing as runner up in 2000.

Greg Matthews is one of the great characters of the game and one of Australia’s greatest-ever off spinners. ‘Mo’ claimed 118 wickets for his country and is the ACA Masters’ all-time leading wicket taker. Also dangerous with bat in hand, Matthews averaged an impressive 41.08 at Test level.

More player announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

The tour will also include in2CRICKET coaching clinics, community visits from the players and a sportsman’s function the night before the game.

Prior to the game, there will be a Grampians Cricket Association All-Abilities curtain raiser commencing at 4.30pm.

The tour is supported by the Ararat Rural City Council and the Grampians Cricket Association.

The Masters Program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present players. It has been primarily funded by the current first-class and Australian players as part of their commitment to developing the game in regional Australia and engaging with local communities.

Match details:

Friday 23 February, 5.15pm

Alexandra Oval, Waratah Avenue,

Ararat.

Sportsman’s Night

Thursday 22 February, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

Alexandra Oval Community Centre,

Ararat.