FROM BUSH TO THE BAGGY GREEN says it all. Andy Bichel is the archetypal bush cricketer who made it to the Big Time. But it was a long and often disappointing journey, and he spent dispiriting periods out of the Australian Test and One-Day teams. However, whenever he was selected he gave 110% with both bat and ball, causing skipper Steve Waugh to write: 'You've inspired many people, including myself, with your attitude and dedication to the team, and the x-factor that you bring to each and every team you've played for.' Together with leading ABC sports commentator Gerry Collins, Andy Bichel describes his inspirational journey to the very top of Australian cricket, and the mix of elation, pride, disbelief, satisfaction, and indebtedness to his family and fellow cricketers, he felt when first selected to play Test cricket for Australia. His recollection of capturing five West Indian wickets, including Brian Lara's, in front of a huge Boxing Day crowd a the MCG is electric.
Regarded as Mr 110%, and highly respected by his colleagues, in particular such cricket superstars as Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor, and coach John Buchanan, Andy Bichel never loses sight of the bush beginnings that influenced both his character and cricketing life.