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Full name John Desmond Robson
Born October 23, 1962, Gladstone, Queensland
Current age 52 years 56 days
Major teams Australian Capital Territory, Australian Country XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|List A span||1999-2000|
His club cricket is with Tuggeranong. He commenced his representative cricket in Gladstone, playing for The Glen as a middle order batsman and wicket keeper. In 1981-82 he appeared for North Queensland Under 19 against South Queensland Under 19 but he failed to gain selection in the Queensland Country Under 19 team. However he was included in the Country Colts team for the annual match against Metropolitan Colts. In the following season he appeared for North Queensland Colts and was again selected to represent Country Colts against Metropolitan Colts but in neither season was he able to make the Queensland Colts team, Peter Anderson being the preferred wicket keeper. He moved to Canberra in 1989 and was on the verge of selection for ACT when he decided to go to Ottawa in Canada. In his four years in that country he played for Bel Air CC and in 1995 appeared for an Ontario-Quebec combination against a West Indian team. He returned to Canberra in 1997 and gained his first selection for the ACT when nominated as captain of their team for the National Country Championships hosted in Canberra in January 2000. His club form had been very good and he was called into the Comets team for their one day domestic competition match against Western Australia. He made three appearances in the Country Championships performing well with both bat and ball and has continued to hold his place in the Comets team. He has represented Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Australia at indoor cricket. He was educated at the Gladstone High School. He works in the furniture sales industry. (Warwick Torrens, January 2000)
Australian Country XI 2000/01
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From the bouncer that struck him on the badge of his helmet to the bouncer that dismissed him, Virat Kohli's century, and his duel with Mitchell Johnson, made for compelling human drama
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test