Mike Veletta - Australia - Test cricket profile 1987-1990

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Date: 18 May 1989

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      Right Hand Bat, Wicket-keeper
      Wednesday, 30 October 1963
      Subiaco, Perth, Australia
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Mike VELETTA - Australia - Test cricket profile 1987-1990

 Mike Veletta was one of the young Australians singled out by Allan Border and Bobby Simpson for their rebuilding programme after the Ashes defeat of 1985 but, after a successful World Cup, he failed to deal with the West Indian fast bowlers in 1988-89 and was discarded on the return of Dean Jones. He made his debut for Western Australia in 1983-84 and toured Zimbabwe in 1985-86 with a Young Australia side which also included Jones, Steve Waugh, Bruce Reid, Tony Dodemaide and Dave Gilbert.


Veletta played an important part in Australia's World Cup win in 1987, scoring 43 not out against Zimbabwe at Cuttack, 48 in the semi-final against Pakistan in Lahore and 45 not out against England in the final. He made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1987-88, scoring 31 and 39 at the MCG. He played against England in the Bicentenary Test, scoring 22. He batted pluckily against Marshall, Patterson, Ambrose and Walsh the following season but could not keep his place. In England in 1989 he broke a finger and missed the second half of the tour.


Although he did not make the Test side he played in two of the three ODIs and scored 134 not out and 83 against Glamorgan at Swansea. In Australia's World Series competition he made 68 not out against Sri Lanka at Sydney and 57 not out in a final against New Zealand. In the late 1990s he was chosen to captain the Australian Capital Territory in its first foray into top class cricket in Australia's domestic one day competition. (Bob Harragan)