Michael Kasprowicz

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Michael Kasprowicz
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Personal information
Full name Michael Scott Kasprowicz
Born (1972-02-10) 10 February 1972 (age 45)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nickname Kasper[1]
Height 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 369) 22 November 1996 v West Indies
Last Test 4 April 2006 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 125) 19 December 1995 v West Indies
Last ODI 12 July 2005 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1989–2008 Queensland
2002–2004 Glamorgan
1999 Leicestershire
1994 Essex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 38 43 237 220
Runs scored 445 74 4342 955
Batting average 10.59 18.50 17.72 14.46
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/11 0/0
Top score 25 28* 92 40
Balls bowled 7140 2225 48552 10790
Wickets 113 67 944 293
Bowling average 32.88 24.98 26.52 26.51
5 wickets in innings 4 2 51 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 6 n/a
Best bowling 7/36 5/45 9/36 5/45
Catches/stumpings 16/– 13/– 95/– 47/–
Source: Cricinfo, 13 September 2007

Michael Scott Kasprowicz (born 10 February 1972) is a former Australian international cricketer. He is a right arm fast bowler. He represented Queensland and played in the English county scene at first class level.


He made his debut for Queensland as a seventeen-year-old in the 1989–1990 domestic season. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1990-1991.[2]

In 1991, Kasprowicz played for the Australian Under 19 team which was captained by Damien Martyn. [3]

By the 1991/92 season, Kasprowicz became the youngest Australia to take 50 first class wickets. [3]

His solid performances for Queensland earned him a Test debut against West Indies in his native Brisbane in November 1996. However, he would go through his first two Test matches for Australia wicketless.

After being in and out of the side since his debut, Kasprowicz returned in 2004 to hold down a regular spot ahead of Brett Lee.

In the 2005 Ashes, Kasprowicz almost pulled off a escape for the Australian team in the second test at Edgbaston. On the final day England needed one last wicket with Kasprowicz and Brett Lee at the crease. However the two batsmen had edged Australia to within two runs of England. But then Kasprowicz gloved a Steve Harmison ball to Geraint Jones and England won. Though TV replays showed the dismissal should not have been given as Kasprowicz took his lower hand off the bat before ball hit glove.[4] After the 2005 Ashes loss to England, Kasprowicz was dropped from the Australian team and his Cricket Australia contract was not extended. However, he had a successful 2005/06 domestic season with Queensland, taking 44 wickets. This effort earned him a tenth recall to the national side to replace Glenn McGrath as Brett Lee's new ball partner.

Kasprowicz represents Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League. Kasprowicz's name was not added to the list of national contract awardees announced by the ACB on 1 May 2007,[5] and on 8 February 2008 he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket effective 16 February.[6]

Career highlights[edit]

Kasprowicz played in all the Tests on the tours of Sri Lanka and India in 2004, which were won 3–0 and 2–1.


  • Kasprowicz's best Test batting score of 25 was made against India, Kolkata, 1997–1998
  • His best Test bowling figures of 7 for 36 came against England, The Oval, 1997

One-day internationals[edit]

  • Kasprowicz's best ODI Batting score of 28 not out was made against England, Lord's, 1997
  • His best ODI bowling figures of 5 for 45 came against Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2003–2004

Personal life[edit]

Kasprowicz is the older brother of former professional rugby union player Simon Kasprowicz. Their father is from Poland. [3]

He holds a MBA. [7]

Post playing career[edit]

Kasprowicz was a director at Cricket Australia from 2011 to 2016 before becoming interim CEO of Queensland Cricket. [7]


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