- Mike Whitney
Mike Whitney Personal information Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium Domestic team information Years Team 1980–1993 New South Wales 1981 Gloucestershire Career statistics Competition Tests ODIs Matches 12 38 Runs scored 68 40 Batting average 6.18 6.66 100s/50s -/- -/- Top score 13 9* Balls bowled 2672 2106 Wickets 39 46 Bowling average 33.97 27.15 5 wickets in innings 2 - 10 wickets in match 1 n/a Best bowling 7/27 4/34 Catches/stumpings 2/- 11/- Source: Cricinfo, 12 December 2005
Fast bowler Michael Whitney was a favourite among Australian and NSW cricket fans for both his sense of humour and whole-hearted approach to the game. He made his Test debut in 1981 at Old Trafford against England, when he was called on by the Australian touring party due to injuries while playing for Gloucestershire. However, he was then overlooked for six years afterwards and played almost all of his matches for Australia in the late 1980s and early '90s. He could be considered unlucky not to have played more than 12 Tests over his long career. He was Australia's most economical bowler in the 1992 World Cup and in the same season took 17 wickets in three Tests against India.
Since retiring from cricket, he has worked in the media, most prominently as the host of Who Dares Wins (made in Australia, the show has been seen in America on cable's Game Show Network). He has also been a referee on the Australian version of TV game show Gladiators and continues to host a variety of travel programs. He is also the director of a computer graphics company and spokesperson for the Road Transport Forum's "Today's Truckies Giving 100%" campaign.
Mike is currently hosting Sydney Weekender, a show airing only in New South Wales. He is also host of the new show Last Chance Learners. He officially endorses Hamish and Andy's greyhound, Fred Basset.
Mike is also part of the Indian Cricket League commentary team. On 8 of March 2009 Mike Whitney was inducted as a life member by the South Sydney Rabbitohs for his contribution in being a Director on the Football Club Board in the critical period during the Club’s battle for reinstatement to the competition between 1999 and 2001. He also played a decisive role in attracting fellow Life Member Kerry Stokes to the Club as a major sponsor upon its readmission to the competition in 2002, a coup that ensured the Club’s ability to make its triumphant return to the NRL competition.
Whitney was the star of a one minute television advertisement for Tooheys Draught Beer during the mid 1980s. In this advertisement, a fictional touring match between New South Wales and The West Indies comes down to the final ball. With three runs needed to win, and with Joel Garner bowling, Whitney, a tail ender, manages to hit a cover drive towards the boundary. As he comes back for the third run, the fielder, Viv Richards, throws the ball back to the bowler's stumps where it breaks the wicket. Whitney, however, has just made it past the crease and the umpire says not out. New South Wales have won the match by the tightest margin (one wicket), and the crowd cheers as Whitney, hugged by fellow batsman Steve Rixon, makes his way back, holding and drinking a Toohey's.
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