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Michael Gertges Neser (born 29 March 1990) is an Australian cricketer who plays for the national team. In domestic cricket, he represents Queensland and plays for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

Michael Neser
Personal information
Full nameMichael Gertges Neser
Born (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 29)
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
RoleBowling all-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 225)13 June 2018 v England
Last ODI21 June 2018 v England
Domestic team information
2011–2012Brisbane Heat
2012–presentAdelaide Strikers
2013Kings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA T20
Matches 2 51 53 61
Runs scored 8 1,669 623 358
Batting average 4.00 25.28 23.07 14.91
100s/50s 0/0 0/11 1/1 0/0
Top score 6 77 122 40*
Balls bowled 100 8,700 2,455 1,180
Wickets 2 163 59 61
Bowling average 60.00 26.40 37.00 27.57
5 wickets in innings 0 3 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/46 6/57 4/41 3/24
Catches/stumpings 0/– 22/– 17/– 27/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 November 2019

Early lifeEdit

Neser was born in Pretoria in South Africa[1] but his family moved to the Gold Coast in Australia when he was 10 years old.[1] He played cricket there for Gold Coast District Cricket Club[2] and over time improved enough to get noticed by state selectors in Queensland. In the 2008–09 season he became a part of Queensland's under-19 team,[1] and in 2010 he was given a rookie contract with Queensland's state team.[3]

Domestic careerEdit

In the 2010–11 summer, Neser made both his first-class and List A cricket debuts in the Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup respectively, both for Queensland.[1] On his first-class debut against Western Australia, Neser took an impressive four wickets on the opening day.[4] In 2011 Neser was upgraded from a rookie contract to a full contract with Queensland,[5] and though he was performing well, regular injuries made it difficult for Neser to lock down a permanent spot in Queensland's team.[1]

In the inaugural season of the Big Bash League, Australia's new Twenty20 tournament, Neser played for Queensland's new team, the Brisbane Heat. He was impressive enough during the tournament that he was selected to play for the Prime Minister's XI in a Twenty20 tour match against Sri Lanka.[6] He changed clubs from the Heat to the Adelaide Strikers for future BBL seasons.[7]

As a result of his form for the Heat in BBL|01 and the Strikers in BBL|02, Neser was given a shock contract with the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.[2] He made his IPL debut in May 2013, but the game did not go well for him. In his four overs Neser conceded 62 runs without taking a wicket, falling one run short of the most expensive bowling figures in IPL history.[8] Nonetheless, Neser's form in Australia remained strong, and in the 2013–14 summer he was strong in both of the shorter forms of the game. In the 2013–14 Ryobi One-Day Cup he was the equal-highest wicket taker for Queensland with 10 wickets at an average of 27.40,[1] and in BBL|03 he was named the Strikers' Most Valuable Player[2] after taking 10 wickets at an average of 19.90.[1]

Because of Neser's career-best form in both one-day and Twenty20 cricket, he was given the opportunity to play for Australia's second team, Australia A, in a series of matches against South Africa A late in the 2014 winter.[1][2][9] A back injury ruled Neser out of the entirety of BBL|04, and Neser hasn't reached his top form since.[10]

In March 2018, Cricket Australia named Neser in their Sheffield Shield team of the year.[11] In October 2019 he signed as an overseas player for Surrey for the first half of the 2020 season.[12]

International careerEdit

In May 2018, he was added to Australia's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England, replacing Josh Hazlewood.[13] He made his ODI debut on 13 June 2018, against England.[14]

In September 2018, he was named in Australia's Test squad for their series against Pakistan, but he did not play.[15][16]

In July 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Ashes series in England.[17][18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Michael Neser | Australia Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Michael Neser". Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Symonds signs Twenty20 contract with Queensland". ESPNcricinfo. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Debutant Neser impresses for Queensland". ESPNcricinfo. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Carseldine, Simpson cut by Queensland". ESPNcricinfo. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  6. ^ Hogan, Jesse (19 January 2012). "Warne gives Haddin thumbs up". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Watson leaves Sixers, joins Brisbane Heat". ESPNcricinfo. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ Moonda, Firdose (6 May 2013). "Kohli gets a mouthful, Neser gets a welcome". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Stoinis, Neser, Wade and Sandhu join Australia A". ESPNcricinfo. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Michael Neser ruled out and replacement named". 11 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Our Sheffield Shield team of the year". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Michael Neser: Surrey sign Australia seamer for first half of 2020 season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Michael Neser replaces injured Josh Hazlewood in Australia's squad for England tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  14. ^ "1st ODI (D/N), Australia tour of England at London, Jun 13 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Maxwell out as Bulls, Finch bolt into Test squad". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Australia Test squad for UAE: The newcomers". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Australia name 17-man Ashes squad". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Bancroft, Wade and Mitchell Marsh earn Ashes call-ups". ESPN Cricinfo. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.

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