December 23, 2007

Australian cricket

Bollywood fever hits acting Aussies

Peter English
Brett Lee is ecstatic after nailing Brendon McCullum, Australia v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Sydney, December 16, 2007
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“Actor” will be added to the resumes of four of Australia’s cricketers in the next couple of weeks. Crowd scenes for the Bollywood film Victory will be filmed at the MCG and Brett Lee, Michael Hussey, Stuart Clark and Shaun Tait will make their debuts, according to the Age’s Chloe Saltau.

Lee will appear as himself in what his manager Neil Maxwell described as "a glorified cameo". It will take two days to film when the leader of the Australian pace attack has a break between matches.

Malcolm Conn writes in the Australian Brad Hogg is likely to play at the MCG and Tait is favourite to be 12th man.

In the same paper Peter Lalor looks at the difference in lifestyles for the Indian players when they are away from home.

Peter Roebuck says in the Sydney Morning Herald the game must spread “otherwise it will spend the next 20 years talking to itself”.

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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