|Full name||Andrew John Bichel|
27 August 1970 |
Laidley, Queensland, Australia
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Test debut (cap 371)||25 January 1997 v West Indies|
|Last Test||12 December 2003 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 130)||5 January 1997 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||1 February 2004 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 13 May 2010|
Bichel played 19 Test matches and 67 One Day Internationals for Australia between 1997 and 2004, and represented Queensland in the Australian domestic competitions. He also played for Worcestershire, Hampshire and Essex in English county cricket.
Background and career
Bichel made his Test debut for the Australian Cricket Team in Adelaide in 1996 in a match against the West Indies, and his One-day International Debut in Brisbane, also against the West Indies. As well as Queensland's state team, he has played for the English Counties Essex, Hampshire and Worcestershire.
Unfortunately, his rise to prominence coincided with the appearance of a young Brett Lee, with whom he was often in a battle for a third fast-bowler spot in the lineup behind Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie holding the other two positions. As the younger and pacier Lee was often selected ahead of him, Bichel now holds the test match record of being Twelfth Man for Australia on 19 occasions. He has recently made comments that he believes his bowling suffered during these times, as he missed out on the valuable match practice that he could have earned either playing for Australia or Queensland.
2003 Cricket World Cup
A highlight of Bichel's career was Australia's 2003 World Cup campaign. He was initially back up to Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath. He played his first game against Netherlands making a good impression with the ball and after injury had ended Gillespie's World Cup campaign he took over his position in the side. Bichel retrieved Australia from serious trouble on more than one occasion, most notably his 7-20 against England, then he went on with Michael Bevan to score an unbeaten 73-run 9th wicket partnership to ease Australia to victory which saw him hit 34 not out. In the Super Six stage, he came in against New Zealand at 84-7. He and Michael Bevan again saved Australia with his highest score of 64 as Australia put up a winning total batting first. In the semi-final against Sri Lanka, he bowled tightly conceding 0-18 in 10 overs but his pressure caused the spectacular run out of Aravinda de Silva as he picked up spun around and threw down the stumps to prevent a tight single off his own bowling. In the final against India, he picked up one wicket bowling Rahul Dravid as Australia won, completing an undefeated campaign.
Injury and retirement
At the start of the 2004–05 Australian summer, Bichel was not offered a contract by the Australian Cricket Board, an indication that the Board did not believe he would represent Australia in that season. His performances in the domestic competition, however, continued to be at the same high standards as before and it was clear that he wanted to make another return to the international scene. Bichel's performances at State level during the 2004–05 domestic season earned him the Domestic Player of the Year award at the 2005 Australian cricket awards. Bichel's absence from the international arena had earned him 'cult' status with some fans in Australia. Fans often come to games with banners calling for Bichel to be brought back into the Australian team, and a 'Bring Back Bichel' campaign has also occurred.
However, he announced his retirement on 9 February 2009, saying he never fully recovered from his shoulder injury.
He is currently the coach of Papua New Guinea.
On 11 November 2011 it was announced that Andy Bichel would join the Cricket Australia selection panel.
- "Smiling assassin Bichel calls it a day". ABC online. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
- "Tangalooma appoints former Aussie cricketer, Andy Bichel as brand ambassador for India". Travelbizmonitor.com. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.