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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 January 2006, 14:32 GMT
Australia's name game
Jason Gillespie
Diz (Jason) Gillespie will play for South Australia
Innovation, mixed with a dash of humour, has been at the heart of Twenty20 planning, ever since the concept was invented.

And Australia have taken the next step for their inaugural Big Bash.

When the competition gets under way on 6 January, you will be able to watch Diz running in to bowl for South Australia to Queensland's Mahbo.

If you are wondering who Diz is, he is better known as Jason Gillespie.

Mahbo, meanwhile, normally appears on the scoreboard as Jimmy Maher.

After Twenty20 competitions in England, New Zealand, South Africa Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Australia gets in on the act with a two-week inter-state event.

FIRST-TEAM NICKNAMES
Australia team for Monday's Twenty20 international v South Africa:

Punter - Ricky Ponting (Capt)
BJ - Brad Haddin (Wkt)
Marto - Damien Martyn
Mr Cricket - Mike Hussey
Billy - Mick Lewis
Roy - Andrew Symonds
Pup - Michael Clarke
Sarfraz - Stuart Clark
Kat - Simon Katich
Catfish - James Hopes
Bracks - Nathan Bracken
Midge - Mitchell Johnson
And they have decided to use nicknames on the players' kits by way of adding to the fun and entertainment nature of the shortest form of the game.

Some of them are fairly straightforward like Hunky for Western Australia's Brett Dorey - Hunky Dorey, geddit? - and Buck for his team-mate Chris Rogers.

But others are more baffling including Stickers (Victoria's Shane Harwood), Cheese (Tasmania's Xavier Doherty) and Catfish (Maher's Queensland team-mate James Hopes).

If England, which launched Twenty20 cricket three years ago, gets in on the act there could be some interesting names adorning players shirts.

Somerset's Marcus Trescothick is known by many as Banger, while Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash goes by the name Bloodaxe.

There could be a problem, however, for Middlesex and England batsman Andrew Strauss.

At the last count, he had six nicknames - Straussy, Johann, Levi, Muppet, Mare Man and Lord Brocket.

That's going to mean one very big shirt!


SEE ALSO
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