Popular Australian cricket player: Michael Slater
Michael Slater is to known to be a former cricket player for the Australian team who played from 1993 – 2001 and participated in 74 Tests and 42 One Day Internationals in his entire playing span. Today, he is a cricket commentator after his retirement in 2004.
With a right-hand batting style and right-arm medium bowling, Slater entered the cricket arena, representing New South Wales Blues in domestic cricket and played English County with Derbyshire. With his blustering demeanor, he was an opener batman in the Test series and hit a score of 5,312 runs at an average of 42 including 14 centuries and 21 fifties; however, he did not exhibit much of his strong-headed power in ODIs as he averaged around 24.07. Emerging from a dimension like the Australian Cricket Academy, he sure made a quick stride to the test team from where he was chosen for the tour of the Ashes in 1993. His highest test score was 219.
Some of his career highlights include 219 runs in 1995-96 when he played against Sri Lanka in Perth, his superbly performed home series in 1993-94 that he played against New Zealand wherein he acquired 305 at an average of 76.25 and his play against England in 1994-94 wherein he achieved 623 runs at an average of 62.30. Between the late 1999 and early 2011, Slater played in 16 matches during which Australia won a successive series of victory which was a milestone marked in the history of Test innings.
Michael Slater performed pretty well in test cricket but couldn’t show his magic in One Day International format. But each of his performances have been convincing throughout his test career. But his performance showed decline during 2001 where he decided to join the commentating field. This further reduced his appetite to play cricket and finally announced his retirement.
Slater today appears as a steady contributor to a sports-oriented program known as Dead Set Legends, is also co-hosting with Terry Kennedy on 2KY Big Sport Breakfast.