Sport Cricket Meet Australian sport’s new cult figure

Meet Australian sport’s new cult figure

Substitute fieldsman Mickey Edwards
From one cult hero to another, sub fielder Mickey Edwards gets advice from Nathan Lyon. Photo: AAP
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Australians love a cult hero on the sports field and that’s exactly what they unearthed on the final day of the third Test against Pakistan at the SCG.

With his flowing blond hair protruding from underneath his cap, Manly-Warringah fast bowler Mickey Edwards quickly proved a crowd favourite when he came on as a substitute fieldsman.

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell, calling the match for broadcaster Channel Nine, was initially unsure of Edwards’ identity and chuckled that he might be a mate of the fans in the outer, who cheered whenever the 198-centimetre sub fielded the ball.

“Mickey Edwards apparently,” Chappell chortled. “They might have dragged him out of the Brewongle Stand!”

Which prompted a cutting reply from his co-commentator Bill Lawry: ”Well, they didn’t drag him out of the barber’s. Nice head of hair.”

From behind, the fringe Sydney Sixers bowler resembled former Hey Hey It’s Saturday cult figure Dicky Knee, but it was only a few days ago that he was dressed as another television star while watching from the stands at the MCG.

Edwards received raucous cheers whenever he went near the ball or had his image flashed on the giant scoreboard at the SCG.

There was even a boo when the 22 year old had to leave the field to be replaced by popular vice-captain David Warner.

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