Australian ODI & T20 tour of England

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Australian ODI, T20 tour of England: Late call-up Michael Neser relishing chance on big stage

MAY 29, 2018

MICHAEL Neser was planning to go fishing this week but the next baited hooks he delivers will now be outside off-stump in England.

South African-born Neser, 28, has been called into the Australia 50-over team to play five matches in England after Josh Hazlewood was ruled out with a back complaint just hours before the plane departed Brisbane on Monday.

Neser spent Tuesday rushing around Brisbane - and mowing his lawn - as he prepared for a night flight to London.

His selection is a just reward for a memorable season in which he won the Big Bash with the Adelaide Strikers and the Sheffield Shield with Queensland, becoming the Bulls Duke of Hazard when the competition reverted to using the lively English Dukes balls after Christmas.

Neser’s summer tally of 39 Shield wickets (at 21 apiece) with his wily swingers and seamers was bettered only by Victoria’s Chris Tremain.

“I was planning on going fishing but now I have better things to do,’’ Neser said.

“I am ecstatic. It was my girlfriend Olivia’s birthday yesterday so I have had two great things happen in the one day.

“I think England will suit my style of bowling and I am hoping down the track they may look at me for red ball cricket.

“I feel ready because the last few years I have learnt a lot about my game. I have put a lot of consistent games together and been very fortunate to have some great coaches around me who have given me a lot of good advice. There is no substitute for hard work. I have put many hours into my physical fitness and my skills.’’

Neser has much to strive for given the World Cup and Ashes will be held in England next year. Australia has kicked itself for not taking more genuine swing bowlers on the four Ashes series it has lost in a row in England so someone of Neser’s ilk may be a beneficiary of a revised plan next year.

Neser’s mother was in tears as the family celebrated a surprise selection which was the culmination of a move from South Africa to the Gold Coast when Michael was 10.

“I thought I was coming to Australia for a holiday. Just by chance I was surrounded by a lot of good people on the Gold Coast and it really helped me and my family so it was not that hard to fit into Australian culture. Australia is the best country in the world.’’

As a boy Neser idolised South Africa’s action man Jonty Rhodes and dreaded the sight of Shane Warne tormenting South Africa’s middle order batsmen before his loyalties changed as he joined the Australian system.

While in South Africa his family were involved in a car accident returning from holidays and while Neser was asleep in the back at the time of the crash he vividly recalls it.

He remembers the family car being struck by someone who went through a set of lights and the Neser’s car was robbed as they attempted to compose themselves after the collision. The incident was a trigger point for the family to consider moving to Australia.

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ODI squad:

Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye

T20 squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth

Qantas Tour of England

June 7: Warm-up v Sussex, Hove (D/N)
June 9: Warm-up v Middlesex, Lord's
June 13: First ODI, The Oval (D/N)
June 16: Second ODI, Cardiff
June 19: Third ODI, Trent Bridge (D/N)
June 21: Fourth ODI, Durham (D/N)
June 24: Fifth ODI, Old Trafford
June 27: Only T20, Edgbaston (D/N)

Qantas T20I tri-series Tour of Zimbabwe

Sunday, July 1: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Monday, July 2: Pakistan vs Australia
Tuesday, July 3: Australia vs Zimbabwe
Wednesday, July 4: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Thursday, July 5: Pakistan vs Australia
Friday, July 6: Australia vs Zimbabwe
Sunday, July 8: Final
Just saw the result of last night’s game...well...that escalated quickly.

How embarrassing.