Full Name

Colin Reid Miller

Born

February 06, 1964, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria

Age

57y 301d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium, Right arm offbreak

TEAMS

A consummate cricketing journeyman, Colin Miller made his mark with several teams in Australia, Europe and Asia as a spirited right arm bowler, belligerent lower order batsman, and wholehearted fieldsman. From his cricketing origins in Melbourne's western suburbs until the late 1990s, Miller's career was built on his reputation as a strongly built right arm paceman who could move the ball both ways and who had the capacity to vary his pace cleverly.

In the latter part of his career, however, he made a staggering transformation to his game which saw him rise from being a well-regarded state player to an Australian first-class record breaker and international surprise packet.

Almost unbelievably, Miller's decision in a Hobart club game to revert from bowling pace to off-spin (on account of a niggling ankle injury) and to thereafter mix both styles of bowling was the catalyst for an astonishing succession of events. Among the more notable of these were his haul of 12/119 against South Australia in January 1998 (an all-time record for a Tasmanian bowler in a Sheffield Shield match); his rewriting in 1997-98 of 'Chuck' Fleetwood-Smith's 63-year old record for the highest number of wickets taken in a Shield season; and his stunning emergence in his mid-30s as a tremendously reliable performer for Australia in the international arena. Whilst he surprised some observers by opening the bowling as a paceman and later returning to the crease as an off-spinner who extracted considerable bounce and turn, it must be noted that it would be difficult to identify many first-class bowlers who have struck with anywhere near the same degree of consistency as he did. That he was voted 'Test Player of the Year' for 2000-01 for a team which dominated world cricket tells its own tale about his effectiveness. It's not only for the frequent changes to the colour to his hair since January 2001 that Miller will therefore be renowned.

Miller announced his retirement from first-class cricket in July 2002. He will surely long be remembered as one of the more versatile players ever to represent Australia and one of the country's most amazing first-class success stories. (John Polack, August 2001. Updated July 2002.)

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test18243174438.2830856.49009860
FC1261503115336212.8803390
List A492972393210.8600100
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test183440911805695/3210/11326.152.6459.2231
FC12629183138154467/4930.972.8465.4163
List A4926531833494/364/3637.404.1454.1200
Colin Miller portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1985/86 - 2001/02
List A Matches
Span
1988/89 - 2000/01

Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
ACA Masters vs Act Inv XI--1/1330-Nov-2008CanberraOTHERT20
ACA Masters vs Aust Indig40/3116-Nov-2008BrisbaneOTHERT20

Photos


Colin Miller - Portrait October 2001
Colin Miller - portrait September 2001
Shane Lee and Colin Miller unveil the new ING Cup
Shane Lee and Colin Miller unveil the new ING Cup
Colin Miller dyes his hair in his hotel room
Colin Miller checks out his red hair