Travis Birt

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Travis Birt
Tasmanian Cricketer Travis Birt - NSW v Tasmania, Hurstville Oval. Saturday 29 November 2008..jpg
Personal information
Full name Travis Rodney Birt
Born (1981-12-09) 9 December 1981 (age 35)
Sale, Victoria,
Australia
Nickname Edgar, Turtle, Ernie
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Batsman
International information
National side
T20I debut (cap 42) 5 February 2010 v Pakistan
Last T20I 3 February 2012 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2003–2011 Tasmania
2006–2007 Derbyshire
2010–2013 Wellington Firebirds
2011 Delhi Daredevils
2011–2012 Western Australia
2011–2014 Hobart Hurricanes
2012 Nagenahira Nagas
2013 Khulna Royal Bengals
2015 -2016 Perth Scorchers
Career statistics
Competition T20I FC LA T20
Matches 4 88 119 88
Runs scored 31 5,223 3,222 1,842
Batting average 10.33 34.58 30.39 23.61
100s/50s 0/0 9/32 2/21 0/7
Top score 17 181 145 94*
Balls bowled n/a 220 91 n/a
Wickets n/a 2 5 n/a
Bowling average n/a 98.00 17.80 n/a
5 wickets in innings n/a 0 0 n/a
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling n/a 1/24 2/15 n/a
Catches/stumpings 1/- 62/- 42/1 21/-
Source: CricketArchive, 29 January 2014

Travis Rodney Birt (born 9 December 1981) is an Australian cricketer currently contracted domestically to the Perth Scorchers as a replacement player. A left-handed batsman, Birt represented the Australian national under-19 team before making his debut for Tasmania during the 2003–04 season. Strong form at state level led to his selection for Australia A during the 2006 off-season, as well as a two-year stint with Derbyshire in English county cricket. Birt transferred to Western Australia for the 2011–12 season, but has found more success in the Twenty20 format, variously representing the Wellington Firebirds, Delhi Daredevils, Nagenahira Nagas, and Khulna Royal Bengals in New Zealand, Indian, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi domestic tournaments, respectively. Birt made his Twenty20 International debut for Australia in February 2010, and has played a total of four matches for the team, with his last international match coming in February 2012.

In December 2015 Travis Birt was selected in the Perths Scorchers squad against Brisbane Heat in BBL 5. He was selected as a local replacement player for Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Early cricket career[edit]

Birt secured a reputation for brutal strokeplay when he posted 145 against South Australia in 2004–05, the highest score in Tasmania's one-day history. He made his first-class debut in the same season but had to wait until the following year to feel at ease at the next level. After an outstanding 2005–06 season in which he was selected for the Australia A cricket team, Birt produced a couple of consistent if unexceptional seasons for Tasmania. His main problem has been an inability to turn starts into first-class centuries. In 2006–07 he was part of the [Tasmania triumphant Pura Cup side and made 736 runs at 38.73 with one hundred, and the next season he collected 565 runs at 31.38 without once reaching triple-figures. A former Academy and Australia Under-19 player who relocated from country Victoria, Birt has spent time playing with Derbyshire but did not return there in 2008 and instead had hip surgery during the off-season.

International debut[edit]

On 5 February 2010, Birt made his Twenty20 International, and subsequent international debut for Australia, against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He failed to make an impact, scoring only one run before being bowled by acting Pakistani captain Shoaib Malik. Birt was retained in the side for the second and final Twenty20 match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart—his home ground. However, he could only manage 13 from ten balls, as Australia completed a 2–0 sweep.

Despite being dropped for the First Twenty20 International against New Zealand in Wellington, Birt was recalled for the Second match where he did not bat. At the end of both innings' the scores were tied, before New Zealand won courtesy of a super-over, levelling the series 1–1.

Move to Western Australia[edit]

In 2011, Birt moved to Western Australia.[1] He had also signed up to play for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.

In 2015 Birt was given a BBL recall after a few strong performances in the WACA statewide 20/20 competition for Claremont Nedlands Cricket Club. In the second round of the qualifying Birt hit 136 off just 53 deliveries as Claremont Nedlands defeated Scarborough by 104 runs with a team that included Andrew Tye. [2]

Career highlights[edit]

In 2012, in the KFC Big Bash match between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars, Birt scored the fastest 50 in Australian Domestic T20 Cricket. In this match, Birt struck 50 runs off 22 balls, eclipsing the mark set earlier in the same match by Luke Wright of the Melbourne Stars who scored 50 runs off 23 balls.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birt moves to WA
  2. ^ Stubbs, Brett. "Birt blows in for Big Bash". The Mercury. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Fastest BBL ton at the Wright time for Stars

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