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Ian Joseph Harvey (born 10 July 1972, Wonthaggimarker, Victoria, Australiamarker) is an Australian cricketer. He is an all-rounder with a knack for making things happen in the game with his fielding, batting or bowling. He has a few nicknames, including "Freak", "Harvs" and "The Great Man". He was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2004.

Australian Career

Harvey started his first-class cricket career with Victoriamarker in the Sheffield Shield in 1993 as an all-rounder. He was called up to the Australian one day cricket team in 1997 and has played 73 One Day Internationals. Harvey is bowls tightly at the end of games equipped with a well disguised slower ball as well as being a big hitting late order batsman, however he did not hit an ODI half-century. This was a reason (as well as the emergence of Shane Watson) why he was dropped from the Australian ODI side. He appeared for Australia in the 2003 World Cup in Southern Africa as a replacement for the injured Watson. Harvey has the record of playing the most One Day Internationals (73) without ever appearing in a Test match.

English Career

Harvey played for Gloucestershire from 1999-2003 in the English County Championship and domestic one day competitions . He was an integral part of the team that won a number of one day trophies, including four one day finals in a row. Harvey also scored the first Twenty20 cricket century in 2003, and has scored 3 T20 centuries in all. In 2004 he switched counties to play for Yorkshire.

For 2006 he returned to play for Gloucestershire in English County Championship and Victoria in the Pura Cup. He signed to play for Derbyshire in 2007, but did not play a full season as his clearance to play as an English-qualified player was not received from the Home Office. Approval was delayed as a result of a drink-driving conviction, a decision which upset Derbyshire chief executive John Sears.Derbyshire County Cricket Club allowed Ian to play for Middleton Cricket Club for a weekend as a temporary replacement for their professional.

South African Career

For the 2005/06 season, Harvey played with the South African provincial side Nashua-Western Province Boland, where he also coached and commentated, sometimes doing two or all three at once.


Harvey excelled in the then-new Twenty20 format in 2003 scoring the first century, and has since scored three more T20 centuries. This record eventually led him to being picked to play in the first Indian Cricket League competition in 2007 for Chennai Superstars. He played in the Chennai team that won the inaugural league. He won both the man of the match award for the final and player of the tournament award.

Being a specialist Twenty20 player, he has signed short term deals especially for the Twenty20 with Hampshire Hawks in 2008 and Northamptonshire Steelbacks in 2009. On his debut for Northants, he scored 12 with the bat but starred with the ball taking 4-18 of 4 overs to help them to a 17 run win against Warwickshire Bears. Harvey contracted swine flu which meant he couldn't play in the quarter finals which Northamptonshire Steelbacks won. But he will be back to play in the finals day of the competition.


  1. Chennai Superstars win ICL 2007 ICL Blog
  2. Northants sign Harvey for Twenty20 cup Sky Sports
  3. Harvey turns game for Northants BBC Sport
  4. Harvey ruled out with 'swine flu' BBC Sport

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