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When Brad commenced his first class career as a batsman at the age of 23 he had never bowled a ‘Chinaman’ delivery. Asked to bowl ‘Chinamen’ deliveries in the nets on his first appearance for W.A, due to the New South Wales selection of a ‘Chinaman’ bowler Fred Freedman, it instantly became apparent that there was an opportunity to add an extra dimension to his game.
Brad made his mark in the Australian One Day team replacing Shane Warne in 2003. He also represented Australia touring Sri Lanka and India in 1996, and then spent seven years in the wilderness, before returning to the team in 2003. No other Australian player has waited so long between matches.
Brad played in 123 One Day Internationals and 7 test matches for Australia, with the highlight being the ‘flipper’ that bowled Andy Flower in the 2003 World Cup game against Zimbabwe. In his book ‘Walking to Victory’ Adam Gilchrist described it as “one of the balls of the tournament.”
Brad also represented Western Australia from 1994 to 2008 and spent a season with Warwickshire in the 2004 County season in which they won the championship.
Brad enjoyed every moment of his cricketing career, having a beaming grin from ear to ear every time he was on the field. An excitable and likable character, Brad found it hard to stay quiet or sit down for more than 30 seconds seeing the humorous side in the majority of instances, hence known as the “Pest” in the change rooms.
Brad’s career had many highs and lows, but his persistence, work ethic and belief in himself won the respect of his peers. He is also a much sought after speaker for corporate and sporting events and his presentations ‘Enjoy the Challenge’ and “Cricket, A Lesson for Life’ will motivate, inspire and entertain any audience.