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Mike Veletta      

Full name Michael Robert John Veletta

Born October 30, 1963, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Current age 50 years 272 days

Major teams Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Coach

Relation Brother-in-law - GM Wood, Nephew - CN Wood

Michael Robert John Veletta
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 8 11 0 207 39 18.81 634 32.64 0 0 15 0 12 0
ODIs 20 19 4 484 68* 32.26 642 75.38 0 2 29 0 8 0
First-class 151 251 26 8802 262 39.12 20 48 194 3
List A 92 87 15 2147 105* 29.81 1 14 43 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 20 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 151 18 12 0 - - - 4.00 - 0 0 0
List A 92 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane, Dec 4-7, 1987 scorecard
Last Test Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Feb 3-8, 1990 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 3, 1987 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Lord's, May 29, 1989 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1983-1995
List A span 1983-1999
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
- Aus Masters v NZ Masters Hamilton 24 Feb 2011 Other T20
0/11 WACA Pres v CA Chairman Perth 28 Nov 2008 Other OD
Profile

Mike Veletta is unlikely to figure in any Australian cricket Hall of Fame, but he did play a pivotal role in their seminal 1987 World Cup win. In the final against England he slammed 45 off only 31 balls, an innings that was ultimately decisive as Australia squeezed home by only seven runs. Such chicanery was slightly out of character for Veletta, the man with eyes like Errol Flynn's. He was ordinarily a dogged opener for Western Australia, and in the 1986-87 Sheffield Shield final he took them to victory with a 762-minute 266. He also had three opening partnerships of more than 300 with Geoff Marsh for WA, but at the top level Veletta never really cracked it. In eight Tests he got a number of starts, but failed to reach 50 and ended with an average of 18. He returned to WA as their coach on a three-year contract in 2001, but that was terminated a year early.
Martin Williamson

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Oct 23, 2001

Portrait of Mike Veletta, October 2001

Mike Veletta - Portrait October 2001

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1998

Mike Veletta

Mike Veletta

© Western Australian Cricket Association

Nov 4, 1987

Mike Veletta forces one on the on-side, Pakistan v Australia, World Cup, 1st semi-final, Lahore, November 4, 1987

Mike Veletta forces one on the on-side during his 48

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Notes

Western Australia: 1983-84 to 1994-95, Coach 2001 to 2003. Club: Weston Creek.

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