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Full name Avril Joy Fahey
Born June 24, 1974, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
Current age 40 years 69 days
Major teams Australia Women, Western Australia Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||New Zealand Women v Australia Women at Christchurch, Feb 28-Mar 3, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||England Women v Australia Women at Leeds, Jul 6-8, 2001 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia Women v Pakistan Women at Melbourne, Feb 7, 1997 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Ireland Women v Australia Women at Dublin, Jul 15, 2001 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|15||WA Women||v Qld Women||Brisbane||8 Jan 2012||Other T20|
|-||WA Women||v Qld Women||Brisbane||7 Jan 2012||Other OD|
|16||WA Women||v Qld Women||Brisbane||6 Jan 2012||Other T20|
|6||WA Women||v ACT Women||Perth||18 Dec 2011||Other T20|
|4||WA Women||v ACT Women||Perth||17 Dec 2011||Other OD|
|9||WA Women||v ACT Women||Perth||16 Dec 2011||Other T20|
|3||WA Women||v Tas Women||Hobart||4 Dec 2011||Other T20|
|49||WA Women||v Tas Women||Hobart||3 Dec 2011||Other OD|
|12||WA Women||v Tas Women||Hobart||2 Dec 2011||Other T20|
|6||WA Women||v SAust Women||Adelaide||27 Nov 2011||Other T20|
Avril Fahey played international cricket for five years, and managed to squeeze two World Cups into that time. She was part of the Australia squad for two years from 1995 before finally making her debut in February 1997. Later that year she won the World Cup in India, and was part of the side who lost against New Zealand in 2000.
Fahey, a right-arm offspinner, had made her debut for Western Australia in 1992-93, and she is still their captain. In 2000/01 she took 6 wickets with best figures of 3/18, and chipped in with 3 catches, all of which helped to propel her into the national side. She proved herself to be a tough competitor and valuable middle order batsman at state level. For Australia she was required to bat in just nine of the 40 ODIs she played, testament to their strong batting. And in that 40-match career she was on the losing side just three times.
But her biggest challenge is perhaps yet to come. She and team-mate Angele Gray are riding across Australia to raise money for diabetes work. In 2003, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and is now determined "to prove that people with diabetes can achieve anything they want, crazy or otherwise!" She has taken time out from her work as an occupational therapist to do the ride, although her dream job is to be a restaurant critic.
Jenny Thompson June 2007
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?