Full name Jason John Krejza
Born January 14, 1983, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 32 years 198 days
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Leicestershire, New South Wales, Tasmania
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 1.84 m
|Test debut||India v Australia at Nagpur, Nov 6-10, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v South Africa at Perth, Dec 17-21, 2008 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Perth, Feb 6, 2011 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Australia at Ahmedabad, Mar 24, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Queensland v New South Wales at Brisbane, Oct 15-18, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Western Australia v Tasmania at Perth, Feb 21-24, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||New South Wales v Tasmania at Newcastle, Oct 24, 2004 scorecard|
|Last List A||Tasmania v New South Wales at Hobart, Feb 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Western Australia v Tasmania at Perth, Dec 31, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat at Hobart, Jan 12, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|36, 23*, 0/64||Tasmania||v West Aust||Perth||21 Feb 2013||FC|
|0/30, 7||Tasmania||v NSW||Hobart||11 Feb 2013||LA|
|118*, 2/112, 11, 0/4||Tasmania||v NSW||Hobart||6 Feb 2013||FC|
|0/31||Hurricanes||v Heat||Hobart||12 Jan 2013||T20|
|0/31||Hurricanes||v Scorchers||Hobart||1 Jan 2013||T20|
|0/26||Hurricanes||v Syd Sixers||Sydney||26 Dec 2012||T20|
|5, 0/20||Hurricanes||v Melb Reneg||Melbourne (Docklands)||19 Dec 2012||T20|
|13||Tasmania||v West Aust||Burnie||1 Dec 2012||LA|
|13, 3/68, 24, 2/45||Tas U23s||v WA U23s||Hobart||19 Nov 2012||Other|
|2, 1/58||Tasmania||v Queensland||Hobart||14 Nov 2012||LA|
In Test cricket, there are very few bowlers who have taken eight or more wickets in an innings. Jason Krejza is one of them. After a poor first outing for an Australian touring team, in which he gave up 199 runs in 31 overs, Krejza's chances of playing a Test on the 2008-09 tour of India seemed bleak. But when he was finally picked ahead of Stuart Clark for the deciding Test in Nagpur, Krejza collected staggering debut innings figures of 8 for 215. It was a bittersweet debut, however, as Krejza also conceded more runs than anyone in their maiden Test performance. He went on to finish with 12 victims for the game; of Australian players only Bob Massie ended his debut Test with better figures.
It was a brilliant way for Krejza to round out a 12-month period that had started in ignominy. A year before his Test call-up, Krejza was caught drink-driving and speeding, and lost his licence for seven months. Tasmania imposed their own punishment on him - he was suspended from their pre-season training and banned from alcohol for the whole summer. He rewarded the state with a solid, if not spectacular, Pura Cup season that brought him 18 wickets at 47.11 from seven games. That was enough for an Australia A call-up and then the higher honour as the national selectors scoured the country for the next Test spinner, and it also justified Krejza's decision to head south during 2006-07. He had squeezed out of a tight queue of New South Wales slow bowlers and transferred to Tasmania, where the line was much shorter. Stuck behind Stuart MacGill with the Blues' new imports, Nathan Hauritz and Beau Casson, Krejza had three productive one-day outings before his mid-season departure but his lack of first-class action was the sealer. In Tasmania it was the other way around; Xavier Doherty was the established one-day spinner but Krejza was given Pura Cup opportunities.
An offspinner who is willing to flight the ball and can extract decent turn, Krejza's debut season at New South Wales raised eyebrows as he picked up Michael Bevan, a more than handy player of spin who spent years at the SCG, three times. The summer ended with nine Pura Cup matches and 12 wickets. The following campaign was less productive as Steve O'Keefe and Aaron O'Brien were also employed, before Hauritz and Casson swelled the stocks further. Until he burst onto the Test scene, Krejza did not have a first-class five-wicket haul to his name but his resume did include solid batting - he has four first-class half-centuries. Krejza spends his time away from the game singing and playing guitar, and he has an interesting family history; his father is a footballer from Czechoslovakia and his mother is from Poland.
Cricinfo staff November 2008
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