The skier who would play cricket

Dirk Nannes made his one day international debut for Australia against Scotland overnight.  While neither the match, nor Nannes’ performance were remarkable, Nannes himself is a fairly remarkable chap.

In a previous life, Nannes was a World Cup mogul skier and narrowly missed selection in the Australian team for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.  Nannes no longer skis competitively but he owns a snow tour operation.

Nannes is also a handy musician and has studied saxophone at university.

With all that skiing, Nannes has been somewhat of a late bloomer as a cricketer (he is now 33).  I guess it is more a case of being a later starter.  Nannes has played just 22 first class games of cricket but had an impressive last season for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL and represented The Netherlands in the T20 World Cup earlier this year.

Nannes does not have a Cricket Australia contract but I think it is great to see someone who is obviously talented and determined with a great zest for life, having some success on the international cricket stage.

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