Alex Keath

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Alex Keath
Alex Keath 2019.2.jpg
Keath in June 2019
Personal information
Full name Alexander Robin Keath
Date of birth (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth Shepparton, Victoria
Original team(s) Shepparton Bears/Murray U18
Draft No. 58, 2016 Rookie Draft
Height 198 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 97 kg (214 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Western Bulldogs
Number 42
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2016–2019 Adelaide 30 (1)
2020– Western Bulldogs 0 (0)
Total 30 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Alexander Keath
Personal information
Full nameAlexander Robin Keath
Born (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 28)
Shepparton, Victoria
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleAllrounder
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2010–2016Victoria
2013–2015Melbourne Stars
2016Adelaide Strikers
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 7 16 5
Runs scored 174 250 40
Batting average 17.40 19.23 13.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 46 55 30
Balls bowled 126 138 6
Wickets 4 3 0
Bowling average 18.25 32.66 n/a
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/2 2/15 0/27
Catches/stumpings 5/- 15/- 2/-
Source: Cricinfo, 19 October 2015

Alexander Robin Keath (born 20 January 1992) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League. He formerly played professional cricket for Victoria in Australian domestic cricket.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Shepparton in northern Victoria, Keath completed his schooling at Goulburn Valley Grammar School and Melbourne Grammar School.[2][3] He was a talented junior in both football and cricket, and drew the attention of professional recruiters from both sports. In 2009, after excelling at under-18s football for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup, he was recruited by the newly established Gold Coast Suns football club, which at that time was recruiting twelve 17-year-olds in a separate draft before it entered the Australian Football League in 2011. At the same time, Keath had excelled as a junior cricketer, and represented Australia in their successful 2010 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and was offered a three-year Cricket Victoria contract.[4]

Cricket career[edit]

In April 2010, Keath chose to proceed with cricket, accepting his Cricket Victoria contract. An all rounder who bowled medium pace,[5] Keath made his first-class cricket debut against the touring England team in December 2010 making 46.[6] Over the following five years, he failed to earn a regular spot in the Victorian team, playing a total of seven first-class matches and sixteen List A matches, averaging less than twenty with the bat in both formats, as well as five Twenty20 matches for the Melbourne Stars.[7] He played premier cricket for Melbourne during that time, scoring 2101 runs at 35.01 and taking 79 wickets at 19.62.[8]

At the end of the 2014-15 season, Keath lost his Cricket Victoria contract.[9] He spent the 2015 season playing in England in the Birmingham Premier League, and upon his return to Australia signed for South Australian Grade Cricket club Prospect.[10] On 8 December 2015 Keath was signed by the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League[11] but was not offered a first class contract with the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA).[12]

Football career[edit]

Despite being drafted to the Gold Coast Suns in 2009, Keath was eligible to be drafted as a Category B rookie from 2013 as he had not played for an Australian rules football club at any level for three years. His shift to South Australian grade cricket attracted the attention of football recruiters, and in October 2015 he was signed by the Adelaide Football Club as a Category B rookie. Despite being on the football club's list, cricket initially remained Keath's primary focus season, with Adelaide's recruitment of him in the hope that he would switch to football at the end of the 2015-16 summer season.[13] After he failed to earn a SACA contract, he began playing SANFL football for the Adelaide reserves in the 2016 winter season. In 2017, Keath was named co-captain of the Adelaide Crows SANFL team.

Keath made his debut for the Adelaide Crows AFL side against the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on 21 July 2017, filling in for the injured Jake Lever and Kyle Hartigan.[14]

At the end of the 2019 AFL season Keath officially requested a trade to the Western Bulldogs. The trade was finalised on 16 October.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where are they now?: Australia's last Under-19 Cricket World Cup winners from 2010 all grown up". The West Australian. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Warner, Michael (9 March 2010). "VFL for teen ace Alex Keath". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Alexander Keath". Australia/Players. ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  4. ^ Michael Warner (9 March 2010). "VFL for teen ace Alex Keath". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  5. ^ Brydon Coverdale (29 April 2010). "Alex Keath chooses cricket over AFL". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Victoria v England XI: England in Australia 2010/11". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Alex Keath". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  8. ^ "VCA 1st XI Career records 1889-90 to 2014-15, I-M" (PDF). Cricket Victoria. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  9. ^ Emma Quayle (30 April 2015). "AFL clubs keen to speak to discarded cricketer Alex Keath". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  10. ^ Andrew Capel (17 October 2015). "Former Victorian Bushranger Alex Keath prepared to 'earn his stripes' in pursuit of Redbacks spot". The Advertiser. Adelaide, SA. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  11. ^ AFL rookie Alex Keath signs with BBL
  12. ^ Andrew Capel (18 April 2016). "Rory Sloane says Adelaide will show Hawthorn it is a better team than last year". The Advertiser. Adelaide, SA. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  13. ^ Courtney Walsh (29 October 2015). "Crows keen on luring cricketer Alex Keath back to AFL". The Australian. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  14. ^ Gaskin, Lee (22 July 2017). "Pyke praises mid for playing with facial fracture". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/AFL_House/status/1184381868411514881

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