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Guess who I saw at Indoor-Cricket . . .

In 1984 I umpired a game at the Australian National Indoor-Cricket championships. It was in Perth, Western Australia, at the Lord's Indoor-Cricket Centre in Subiaco. It was the Grand Final of the National Indoor Cricket Open Championships. The favourites, New South Wales, were taking on a team of young upstarts from Victoria. In an outstanding game, the young upstarts won by one run.

Despite losing the Grand Final, N.S.W. had in their midst two young players of exceptional ability. They were twins. Their names were Mark and Steve ... Mark and Steve Waugh. They are perhaps Indoor-Cricket's most famous sons.

Other former Australian Test players had significant involvement with Indoor-Cricket. Dougie Walters, Max Walker, Dennis Lillee and Bruce Yardley were involved in the early formative years of the game especially.

During the 2002 Indoor Cricket World Cup, one of the umpires, Marc Nickl from Australia, decided to compile a list of players who had represented their country in both Indoor and Outdoor cricket. The criteria was players who had played Test or One-Day Internationals for their country, plus indoor cricket games at an international level (including in the Masters division).

In consultation with Bob Manca, Ric Smith, Paul Walter, Paul Botterill, Robbie Kerr, Ross Collins, Brad Zeller, Ross Gregory and Hiran De Mel, the following eleven men were identified (thanks again to Marc Nickl for his work in compiling this list):

PLAYER COUNTRY INDOOR RECORD/DATE OUTDOOR RECORD OUTDOOR CAREER DATES
MIKE GATTING (ENG) 2 GAMES OPEN 1991 79 TESTS, 92 ODI 1977-95
CHRIS HARRIS (NZ) 4 GAMES OPEN 87-89 23 TESTS, 216 ODI 1990--
SIMON DOULL (NZ) 6 GAMES OPEN 89-92 32 TESTS, 42 ODI 1992-2000
ROGER WOOLEY (AUS) 5 GAMES OPEN 1990 2 TESTS, 4 ODI 1982-84
TERTIUS BOSCH (S. AFRICA) 3 GAMES OPEN 1993 1 TEST, 2 ODI 1991-92
SCOTT STYRIS (NZ) 9 GAMES OPEN 1995 1 TEST, 47 ODI 1999--
ANDREW HALL (S. AFRICA) 19 GAMES OPEN 1995-98 1 TEST, 20 ODI 1998--
ANDRE ADAMS (NZ) 3 GAMES OPEN 1998 1 TEST, 16 ODI 2000--
KIM BARNETT (ENG) 4 GAMES O/35s 2000 4 TESTS, 1 ODI 1988-89
NIROSHAN BANDARATILLEKE (S. LANKA) 3 GAMES OPEN 2000 7 TESTS, 3 ODI 1997--
BRUCE REID (AUS) 4 GAMES O/35s 2001 27 TESTS, 61 ODI 1985-93

Apologies for any omissions, and if anyone has any further information, please let us know. We'll keep this record updated as we receive new information.

Marc also began looking at women players as above, but found there were so many that the chances of getting even a slightly accurate list was going to be impossible. Therefore, we are calling for any information on women players who qualify as above. As we gain information we'll publish it here.

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