Full name Alan Bruce Shiell
Born April 25, 1945, St Peters, Adelaide, South Australia
Current age 71 years 269 days
Major teams South Australia
Also known as Sheff
Batting style Right-hand bat
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education Gilles St Primary School, Adelaide, Campbelltown High School, Adelaide
|First-class span||1964/65 - 1966/67|
Alan Shiell had played 23 first-class matches as a batsman for South Australia when he was confronted with a choice: did he continue to play cricket, or would he take up a cricket correspondent's job? Either way he would get to be involved in the game, and he chose the latter, reasoning that it would be the longer career, with an option to go on overseas tours, too. And so it proved. He started with the Adelaide Advertiser, and he is still writing nearly 40 years later, now for the Sportal website. Known as Sheff (a play on Sheffield Shield), the highlight of his playing career was a double hundred at his home ground, the Adelaide Oval, against an England touring side.
Jenny Thompson November 2007
Some of the reactions on Twitter to Virat Kohli's record-equalling hundred during India's chase in Pune
Stats highlights from the first ODI between India and England in Pune
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Australia's selectors are set to announce the squad for the Test series in India on Sunday
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The shot Shakib Al Hasan played to be dismissed on day five at Basin Reserve defies explanation. It also prompts a few questions
Kohli's India were unstoppable, so were Faf's South Africa