Douglas Erwin Bollinger
July 24, 1981, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Left hand Bat
Left arm Fast medium
A left-arm fast bowler more suited to cold beer than high-quality champagne, Doug Bollinger added plenty of character to Australia's Test side during his two years around the group in 2009 and 2010. Nicknamed "Doug the Rug", after receiving some help in manufacturing hair from a previously barren crown, Bollinger promised to give 150,000% on his Test debut at his SCG home ground. Over the next two years, Bollinger was a semi-regular member of the side and picked up 50 Test wickets, irritating opposing batsmen with his angle and swing. Bollinger is known for making team-mates laugh, often on purpose, but at times by accident as well, as when he took a wicket in a Test against New Zealand and grabbed his shirt, wanting to kiss the national coat of arms, but slobbered on the sponsor's beer logo instead.
It took Bollinger until his mid-20s to develop into one of the country's best bowlers after being happy running around in Sydney park cricket. A raw action took time to develop but he quickly learned, and picked up Test five-fors against West Indies and New Zealand. Bollinger also became a useful member of the ODI side, appearing in 39 matches between 2009 and 2011. In 2010 he was named in the ICC's Test and ODI teams of the year, but by the end the year had been dropped from Australia's Test team. He continued to be a productive bowler for New South Wales and returned to international cricket in 2014, when he played seven T20 internationals and was part of Australia's squad at the World T20 in Bangladesh.
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