Bevan says he will continue playing first-class cricket

Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 22:33 [IST]
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Sydney:Australian Michael Bevan has said he will continue to play first-class cricket despite being dumped as a contracted Limited Overs International player.

Cricket Australia (CA) has decided not to offer Bevan a contract for the 2004/05 season, but he said he intended to continue to play first-class cricket in Australia and would seek a contract with an English County club for the 2005 season.

"I am still enjoying my cricket and having averaged 46 for Australia and nearly 100 for NSW last season, I believe I still have a lot to offer the game," Bevan said in a statement on Wednesday.

The left-handed batsman, who turns 34 next month, also hoped to change selectors' minds about his involvement in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

"I still think that I have room for improvement and my body is feeling great.

"My role has been to win matches when Australia is under pressure and the selectors have told me this role has been diminished in recent times. If this changes I will always be available."

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