Remember Andy Bichel. The one with an elongated U-smile that linked both his ear lobes. With those narrow slits as eyes, one just needed to paint his naturally swollen nose red to make that former Aussie all-rounder pass off as a clown. But during the 2003 World Cup when he took field with a thick layer of sunscreen on his massive nose, he wasn’t the clown, but the joker in the pack.
Someone, who took seven wickets in a game against England. Someone, who was the most economical bowler of World Cup ’03 and at the same time didn’t compromise on his strike rate by taking 16 wickets in 8 games. Bichel was behind Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie in the bowling department hierarchy in 2003.
In a low scoring game against England played on a sluggish track, Bichel picked up 7/20, ending with the best bowling figures in a World Cup match featuring two Test playing nations.
That would have been enough on most days, except that Australia collapsed in their chase of 208, teetering at 135/8 when Bichel walked back out.
With the ever-reliable Michael Beaven at the other end, Bichel made an unbeaten 34 in a 73-run stand that led to the win. His efforts helped keep Australia’s run intact, as the side went on to complete 34 Cup matches undefeated between 1999 and 2011.