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Cricinfo staff

December 11, 2007

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Luke Pomersbach reflects on a extraordinary turn of events which handed him his Australia debut © Getty Images
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Luke Pomersbach made one of cricket's more unusual international debuts when summoned to stand in for Brad Hodge, who hurt his back in the dressing room, in the minutes before the start of Australia's Twenty20 clash with New Zealand in Perth.

Pomersbach, a middle-order batsman from Western Australia, was parking his car when he got a call from Australia's team manager. "I don't think I locked my car and my brother had to drop my stuff off," Pomersbach told Nine before he batted. "I'm still shaking, I can't believe it. I thought it was one of my mates having a joke ... I asked him whether he was joking, and he said 'no mate get yourself to the rooms as quick as you can'."

He had no kit so had to borrow some until his brother Gavin was able to rush his own to the ground. Pomersbach settled himself with a couple of singles, launched a fierce six over midwicket and picked up 15 off seven balls before falling from the third-last ball.

What is more remarkable is that Pomersbach is currently suspended by his state after breaking a curfew on a trip to South Australia last month and going out on a drinking session. He is not eligible to resume playing for Western Australia until December 14.

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