Andy Bichel

Country: Australia
Born: August 27, 1970, Laidley, Queensland
Height: 1.82 m
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Andy Bichel Bio

Andrew John Bichel, also known as Andy Bichel, is a former Australian cricket player known for his all-round skills, particularly his fast bowling. Despite facing setbacks in his career, Bichel’s determination and talent allowed him to make a lasting impact on the sport.

Born on August 27, 1970, in Laidley, Queensland, Australia, Bichel’s love for cricket was evident from a young age. He made his debut for Queensland in the 1992-93 season and quickly established himself as a valuable member of the team. Bichel’s breakthrough came during the 1994-95 season when he played a crucial role in Queensland’s drought-breaking Sheffield Shield win. Forming a formidable bowling partnership with Michael Kasprowicz, Bichel contributed significantly to Queensland’s success for over a decade.

Bichel’s international career began in 1997 when he made his Test debut against England. Although he faced constant selection changes, Bichel’s unwavering positivity and work ethic saw him don the Australian jersey in 19 Tests. Renowned for his gutsy fast bowling, Bichel claimed an impressive 58 wickets and recorded his best figures of 5 for 60 against the West Indies in Melbourne during the 2000-01 series. Notably, Bichel dismissed West Indies legend Brian Lara seven times during the 2003 tour, establishing himself as a formidable opponent for Lara.

While cementing his position in the Test team proved elusive, Bichel had a successful stint in One Day Internationals (ODIs) from 2002 to 2004. His performance in the 2003 World Cup was particularly outstanding. In a group match against England, Bichel produced a mesmerizing bowling spell, taking 7 for 20, which remains one of the best performances by an Australian bowler in ODIs. Not only did Bichel excel with the ball, but he also played a vital role with the bat, sharing a match-winning partnership with Michael Bevan to secure victory against England.

Despite his heroics in the World Cup, Bichel’s contract was not renewed in 2004, leading him to return to the domestic cricket scene in Australia. Determined to prove his worth as an all-rounder, Bichel showcased his batting skills, earning the title of Pura Cup Player of the Year in the 2005-06 season. In that season, he scored an impressive 452 runs and took 50 wickets, including a match-winning performance that sealed the trophy for Queensland.

In 2007, Bichel suffered a severe shoulder injury, limiting his appearances in the following seasons. After undergoing surgery, he attempted a comeback but found the journey too arduous, ultimately announcing his retirement in the subsequent season. Bichel finished his first-class career with an impressive 430 wickets for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.

Following his retirement, Bichel remained actively involved in cricket. He served as the coach of Papua New Guinea in 2009 before joining Australia’s selection panel in 2011. His valuable insights and extensive experience continue to contribute to the development of the sport in Australia.

Andy Bichel’s cricketing career is a testament to his resilience, skill, and unwavering passion for the game. From his impressive performances in domestic cricket to his memorable moments in international matches, Bichel remains a well-regarded figure in Australian cricket history.

Andy Bichel Career Stats

Andy Bichel Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 19 22 1 355 71 16.9 552 64.31 0 1 51 2 16 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 67 36 13 471 64 20.47 600 78.5 0 1 33 10 19 0
FC 186 247 26 5860 148 26.51 - - 9 23 - - 91 0
List A 235 161 40 2491 100 20.58 - - 1 5 - - 73 0
T20s 29 22 7 364 58* 24.26 285 127.71 0 1 29 17 11 0

Andy Bichel Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 19 37 3337 1870 58 5/60 6/125 32.24 3.36 57.5 3 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 67 66 3257 2463 78 7/20 7/20 31.57 4.53 41.7 1 2 0
FC 186 - 37197 19986 769 9/93 - 25.98 3.22 48.3 - 36 7
List A 235 - 11433 8362 320 7/20 7/20 26.13 4.38 35.7 7 4 0
T20s 29 29 619 822 33 4/23 4/23 24.9 7.96 18.7 1 0 0

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