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Red-hot Bevan back at the SCG

By Steve Jancetic 14/12/2004 06:43:44 PM Comments (0)

Michael Bevan returns to the Sydney Cricket Ground this week having found a new lease of life with Tasmania and NSW's greatest ever runscorer credits the change in scenery for his recent batting bonanza.

Bevan, who for much of the 1990s was considered amongst the best one-day batsmen in the world, left the Blues to take up a player/assistant coach deal with the Tigers this season after his Australian contract was not renewed.

The move to the Apple Isle sparked a return to career-best form, prompting some calls for a recall to the Australian one-day outfit.

"It's almost like you have to prove yourself again, especially given the situation, being released from contract ... it's a bit of a new era for me," Bevan said at the SCG nets ahead of Thursday's Pura Cup match against NSW.

"I had to start again, both with playing and coaching."

He has scored 496 runs in four Pura Cup matches at the Bradmanesque average of 99.2, which included three centuries in three consecutive innings against Victoria and South Australia.

He has also scored 310 runs at an average of 62 in the limited-overs ING Cup, but says he is not driven by an ambition to again represent Australia.

"I've probably set myself new goals and new challenges," Bevan said.

"If (Australian selection) happens to arise as a part of those then that would be great, but it's not something that I'll be focusing on or concentrating on."

But being out of the international arena still hurts the man who scored 6912 runs at an average of 53.58 for Australia in 232 one-day internationals.

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