Cricketers in the bizarro world
John Bracewell heads the unusual list. He was a gravedigger. Talk about a dead end job! The burly Zimbabwean, Eddo Brandes thrived on his reputation as a chicken farmer whilst collecting opposition ducks during the 1992 World Cup. Geoff Boycott certainly would not have flashed too many smiles whilst clocking in for the Yorkshire Electricity Board. The fearsome West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts would have cut a far more serene figure as a fisherman than trying to knock blocks off. His fellow assassin, Colin Croft, was an air traffic controller and a pilot. Joel Garner sent the odd message to batsmen in his heyday but would have been less venomous in his intent as a telegraph operator.
It will be no surprise to anyone to hear that the eccentric Colin Miller was a barman or perhaps that Fred Trueman was a coal miner. Former New Zealand captain Geoff Howarth used to pump out the runs for his country and also the petrol for his company. Michael Holding was a garage owner as well as a computer programmer and many a batsman wished he had continued that way.
John Bracewell however has a rival as the most bizarre employment. Australia's latest addition to the national one-day squad is a bloke named Brett Dorey who happens to stand 6'7". He boasts an intriguing past. Three years ago he was involved in a severe snowboarding accident in Austria that left him unable to run and thinking a sporting career was burned. But the real story even started before that. After an initial crack at cricket as a fast bowler, he ditched the game due to lack of interest and success and opted to travel around Europe.
He is about to make his debut for his country, which I think you will all agree is a far cry from being a menacing dark sunglasses clad two metre tall bodyguard for a Russian businessman!
Labels: Andy Roberts, Bizarro World, Brett Dorey, Colin Croft, Colin Miller, Eddo Brandes, Fred Trueman, Geoff Boycott, Geoff Howarth, Joel Garner, John Bracewell, Links to opinion pieces, Micheal Holding, Mike Haysman