Michael Slater is a former Australian cricketer. Born on February 21, 1970, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia and nicknamed ‘Slats’, he was an aggressive right-handed batsman.
Slater’s family was always involved in the sport and it was natural for him to play any game from an early age. During his school time, he was selected for state hockey team at Under-12, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 teams.
As cricket and hockey began to overlap in his early teenage years, he selected cricket to move on with and was chosen as captain for the New South Wales Under-16 team.
However, he was forced to stop playing cricket because of some injuries. He made a comeback and was selected in the Under–19 state team for the national championships.
He was a part of Australian Cricket Academy before making debut for New South Wales in 1991. Slater made his international test debut when he was just 23 years old, on 3 June 1993, against England during Ashes tour of England.
In his debut match, he scored a half-century, followed by a maiden century at Lord’s. His good form was continued in later matches too.
Slater made his ODI debut on 9 December 1993 against South Africa but was not able to perform well in ODI’s.
Rise to Glory
In 1994-1995 Ashes series, Slater was the leading run-scorer in the series with 623 runs. He also scored his first double-century, against Sri Lanka at the WACA in Perth in following season.
In 1998-1999 Ashes series, he scored the match-winning 123 runs against England which was 66.84 percent of his team's entire total.
Throughout his career, Slater was infamous for his susceptibility to the "nervous nineties": he was dismissed in the nineties nine out of the 23 times.
Slater was dropped from the team after the Test played during 2001 Ashes tour in Oval. In January 2006, Slater joined Nine's Wide World of Sports cricket commentary team and in 2009, he was announced as a Sunday sports presenter for the Nine Network's Weekend Today and remained until 2010. He has now built up a career as a commentator and is a part of the Channel 9 commentary team.