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Matthew Nicholson
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Matthew Nicholson

Australia
Matthew Nicholson

INTL CAREER: 1998 - 1998

Full Name

Matthew James Nicholson

Born

October 02, 1974, St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales

Age

47y 62d

Nicknames

Nicho

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

Height

1.97 m

TEAMS

A right-arm fast bowler and capable lower-order batsman, Matthew Nicholson learned his cricket in New South Wales, where he was a schoolboy star and the country's under-19 player of the year in 1992-93. During those years he developed what was a lilting run-up, a whippy, open-chested action, and a tendency to generate disarming bounce from his 6'6" height. But, for all of his early successes, Nicholson found it difficult to break into a strong New South Wales side and decided he would be better served by a shift to Western Australia. Initially, the relocation brought no change in fortune, but he made his first-class debut against West Indies in 1996-97 and illustrated substantial promise, only to miss the entire 1997-98 season with chronic fatigue syndrome, which was an after-effect of glandular fever. He was eventually able to control the disease through a diet free of alcohol, dairy and meat products and following 18 months on the sidelines signalled his return with a sizzling performance against England at the start of 1998-99. He supplemented 7 for 77 in the first innings with a maiden half-century, and subsequent success in the Sheffield Shield resulted in a surprise call-up to the Australian team for the fourth Test at Melbourne.

He claimed four wickets for the match after taking 3 for 56 in the second innings, but did not hold his place. A combination of further injuries and an occasional tendency to bowl with too much width ensured the 1999 tour of Zimbabwe was his last with the senior national team. A switch back to New South Wales came in 2003-04 and he picked up 39 Pura Cup wickets and Australia A selection. The following season he formed a brutal combination with Nathan Bracken and Stuart Clark, adding 47 first-class victims, including seven in the Pura Cup final victory over Queensland. A quieter 2005-06 followed and he was cut for the ING Cup final before proving he was still potent with 46 wickets at 31.97 to top Northamptonshire's tally for the season. It was a strong English summer all-round for Nicholson, who made 454 runs and belted 106 from 93 balls against Derbyshire. He remained a valuable performer for the Blues, including stints as captain, until his retirement in 2007-08, missing a home farewell in the Pura Cup final victory when the national bowlers returned. His final first-class action came with a second season at Surrey, but he left the county early, returning to Australia to become a New South Wales selector.
Cricinfo staff September 2008

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test1201497.004729.78000000
FC12417134325813323.7846700
List A79471548557*15.1501190
T2024947620*15.2065116.92003350
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1215011543/564/11528.754.6037.5000
FC12423366121474067/6229.913.1157.5110
List A7935303123853/233/2336.745.3041.5000
T202424457608283/123/1221.717.9816.3000
Matt Nicholson in action for Surrey
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Surrey vs Kent21/6202-Sep-2008The OvalList A
Surrey vs Sussex0 & 271/45 & 1/1120-Aug-2008The OvalFC
Surrey vs Northants152/2017-Aug-2008The OvalList A
Surrey vs Somerset430/6112-Aug-2008TauntonFC
Surrey vs Essex--1/1405-Aug-2008ChelmsfordList A

Photos


Matthew Nicholson rests his limbs
Matthew Nicholson bowls in his final Pura Cup match
Matthew Nicholson sends down a delivery
Matthew Nicholson acknowledges the applause after he made 106 not out
Matthew Nicholson sends down a ball
Scott Styris is cleaned up by Matthew Nicholson