Bevan may seek solace in English Counties

Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2004, 21:47 [IST]
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Sydney:Discarded Australian One-day International cricketer Michael Bevan may be off to play in England after his shock failure to receive a Cricket Australia (CA) contract.

The international career of the prolific-scoring 33-year-old Bevan looked finished on Tuesday when he was left off the list of Cricket Australia contracted players for 2004/05.

Bevan's manager Robert Joske said he would meet his client on Thursday to discuss their options and hope to have some positive news early next week.

Joske said he would look at all options for Bevan but expected a England County stint would be high on the priority list and he would be keen to talk to any interested county.

Bevan has enjoyed productive playing stints with Yorkshire (1995/96), Sussex (1998/2000) and Leicestershire (2002).

While virtually all the Counties have finalised their two import spots for the season starting later this month, most have also signed back-up players in case their first choices are required for international duty during the season which runs until September.

While few opportunities for a full season stint would appear available to Bevan, he could end up deputising for one of many compatriots who might be required for international duty against Zimbabwe in May or Sri Lanka the following month.

Among the CA contracted players attached to counties this season are Shane Warne and Michael Clarke (Hampshire), Andrew Symonds (Kent), Michael Kasprowicz and Matthew Elliott (Glamorgan), Damien Martin and Stuart MacGill (Nottinghamshire), Darren Lehmann and Ian Harvey (Yorkshire) and Brad Hodge (Leicestershire).

Joske said he recognised Bevan might have to settle for a stint as a replacement.

"At this late stage, beggars can't be choosers, but we were already looking at a short term stint for him on the basis that he would be playing for Australia," Joske said Wednesday.

"I'm keen now to continue looking at that and also to find out if there is any opportunity for a full term stint."

"We will meet tomorrow and discuss the various options available for him and what he wants for his career and his family."

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