Xavier Doherty is a professional Australian cricketer, born on 22nd November 1982 in the city of Scottsdale, Tasmania. He performs as a left slow-arm orthodox bowler, and as a left-handed batsman down the order.
Doherty’s exceptional performances in domestic ODIs at a very young age attracted the country’s attention, giving him the opportunity to play at an international level.
Over the years, he represented he has been a part of Australia A team, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades and Tasmania.
Doherty was named Tasmania’s ODI Player of the Year in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Doherty’s Test debut was against England at The Gabba on November 25th, 2010, while his ODI debut was against Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 3rd, 2010.
His Test career lasted for two years while his ODI career lasted for almost four years.
Rise to Glory
In 2010, Doherty picked up four crucial wickets in a match against Sri Lanka producing amazing stats. Although the outcome was palpably expected to be in their favor, Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga turned an impossible situation around and led the Sri Lankan team to victory.
In 2010, during two Test matches, he took just three wickets and conceded 306 runs. He was still promised a place in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. However, a back injury made him skip the tournament.
Doherty played his last Test against India at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on March 14th, 2013. He played his last ODI against Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 8th, 2015.
He is currently preparing to get back in the ODI team since, despite his bad matches in the past, he is one of the best bowlers of Australia.
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