STAWELL - Former Australian pacemen Craig McDermott and Rodney Hogg, along with elegant left-hander Matthew Elliott will join the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) Masters team for their Northern Grampians tour in a few weeks.
The cricket greats will be in Stawell from October 24-26, the highlight of which will be an action-packed Twenty20 match on Friday, October 25 at Central Park against a Grampians Cricket Association (GCA) representative team.
The Tour is supported by the Northern Grampians Shire Council in conjunction with the GCA.
McDermott took 291 Test wickets as a spearhead of the Australian attack and more recently, has helped guide the next generation of quicks as the Aussies bowling coach. He is credited with the development of bowlers like Peter Siddle, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc.
Another fiery paceman, Hogg played 38 Tests and 71 ODIs for Australia, taking 208 wickets including six five-wicket hauls. He famously took 41 wickets at 12.85 in an Ashes series. He is now a popular radio personality.
A veteran of 214 first-class matches, Elliott played for both South Australia and Victoria, making 50 centuries at the level, including three tons in a 21-Test career.
An exquisite timer of the ball, Elliott combined elegant drives with deadly pulls and hooks. These were on display during his highest Test score of 199 against England during the 1997 Ashes series. He was named one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year in 1998.
Canadian World Cup representative John Davison will be hoping to repeat the heroics that saw him post what was the fastest hundred in World Cup history, while colourful former Australian and Tasmanian quick Brett Geeves has also been selected.
Former Queensland and Victorian left-hander Matthew Mott will also play. Mott, who was head coach at New South Wales for four years and is currently Head of Elite Performance with Glamorgan, scored seven first-class centuries in 66 matches.
The ACA Masters team is Terry Alderman, John Davison, Matthew Elliott, Brett Geeves, Rodney Hogg, Ben Johnson, Jimmy Maher, Greg Matthews, Craig McDermott, Matthew Mott and Peter Sleep.
There will be lots of opportunities to meet the players at events around the town, with the excitement of the main game to take place at Central Park from 5.30pm.
Entry is just $5, and kids under 15 admitted free.
A sportsman's night will be held on the Thursday evening before the game.
Coaching clinics and community visits will also form part of the tour.
The Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present players, and has been primarily funded by the current first-class and Australian players as part of their commitment to developing the game.