Michael Swart

Michael Swart
Personal information
Full name Michael Richard Swart
Born (1982-10-01) 1 October 1982
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-hand off spin
Role Batting all-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 51) 28 June 2011 v Scotland
Last ODI 28 January 2014 v Canada
T20I debut (cap 24) 13 March 2012 v Canada
Last T20I 21 March 2014 v Ireland
Domestic team information
2010–2011 Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 12 18 14 53
Runs scored 197 446 664 1,002
Batting average 19.70 27.87 26.56 20.04
100s/50s 0/1 0/3 1/4 1/5
Top score 52 89 104 102
Balls bowled 366 282 216 1,559
Wickets 3 12 5 30
Bowling average 102.00 26.41 29.80 45.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/21 2/8 1/0 4/40
Catches/stumpings 5/ 3/– 5/– 19/-
Source: CricketArchive, 29 June 2015

Michael Richard Swart (born 1 October 1982) is a professional cricketer who is the current vice-captain of the Dutch national side and has represented them at both One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) level. Born in Australia, he formerly played for Western Australia in Australian domestic matches.

From Perth, Swart was a member of the WA state under-19 teams in 2000 and 2001 that were captained by Brett Jones and Shaun Marsh, respectively.[1][2] However, he did not make his senior debut for the Warriors until January 2010, despite years of scoring heavily for his grade-cricket side Joondalup.[3] While he made a duck in his first List A game, a few weeks later he made an impressive 83 in his debut Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.[4] In May 2010, he was awarded a contract with the Warriors for the 2010–11 season.[5] He scored his maiden century in October 2010 against Victoria at the WACA Ground.[6]

In February 2011, it was reported that Swart was to be called up to represent the Netherlands at the 2011 Cricket World Cup following an injury to the team's captain Peter Borren.[7] His father was born in the Netherlands, enabling Swart to hold a Dutch passport and being eligible to represent the country. He had previously rejected an offer to join the team at the Twenty20 World Cup, preferring to concentrate on maintaining his position in the Western Warriors team.[8] However, in the following days it appeared that he was unlikely to play at the World Cup, with both Borren's injury being less severe than first thought and a Dutch selector denying that Swart had been approached.[9]

The previous week Swart had been dropped from the Warriors squad after being charged with assaulting an opponent,[10] Billy Godleman, in a grade cricket match between Joondalup and Bayswater-Morley. He was later found guilty by the WACA tribunal and suspended for three matches,[9] with the tribunal rejecting his defence that he was only acting in self-defence.[11] The following week the conviction and suspension was overturned upon appeal.[12]

Swart's contract with the Warriors was not renewed for the 2011/2012 season,[13] instead signing with Bootle Cricket Club in England [14]


  1. ACB 2000–01 Under-19 championship gets underway | Cricket News | Global. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  2. Western Australia Under-19s squad for Newcastle announced | Australia Cricket News. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  3. Warriors late bloomer gets his shot – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Abc.net.au (2010-01-28). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  4. Tasmania secure crucial win over WA. Perth Now (2010-02-23). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  5. Western Australia like imported Michael Beer | Cricket News | Global. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  6. Vics on target after Pattinson heroics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Abc.net.au (2010-10-12). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  7. Warrior Swart answers Dutch SOS. Wwos.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  8. Swart's World Cup bid stalled – The West Australian. Au.news.yahoo.com (2011-02-17). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  9. 1 2 Confusion over Swart's Cup bid – Cricket – Sportal Australia. Sportal.com.au (2011-02-17). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  10. Warriors give kids a go – The West Australian. Au.news.yahoo.com (2011-02-09). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  11. Banned Swart 'hung out to dry' by Warriors – The West Australian. Au.news.yahoo.com (2011-02-19). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  12. Swart's Warriors reprieve after ban lifted
  13. Mickey Arthur has wasted no time clearing the decks after his first season as Western Australia's coach, cutting six players including Aaron Heal and David Bandy from the squad
  14. Cricket: Clubs get ready for start of new season
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