Full name Michael Robert John Veletta
Born October 30, 1963, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
Current age 51 years 274 days
Major teams Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|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|
|ODI debut||Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 3, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Lord's, May 29, 1989 scorecard|
|First-class span||1983/84 - 1994/95|
|List A span||1983/84 - 1998/99|
|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|
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.
Western Australia: 1983-84 to 1994-95, Coach 2001 to 2003. Club: Weston Creek.
Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?
On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career
Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar
The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad
Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?
Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average
Death of a Gentleman exposes how neo-liberal economics threatens the game, while also hinting at worse lying beneath the surface, leaving you feeling disillusioned and angry
Should he be dropped from the one-day squad to Zimbabwe, it will be the latest chapter in the wicketkeeper's strained relations with the authorities in particular
There's currency in the idea that a captain's failure with the bat dulls his decision-making powers and creates a destructive atmosphere in the dressing room
The mauling at Lord's means once again England are being reactive in terms of who bats at one-drop. It also means they are likely to shed their new-found aggression