Born November 20, 1974, Brad Andrew Williams is an Australian cricketer who was primarily a right-arm fast bowler. Williams bowled at a menacing speed and this quality of his stood him out from his imminent peers. On his birthday, Suraj Choudhari pens down 10 interesting facts about the Australian bowler whose career was hampered by injuries.

1. Early debut

Williams made his First-Class debut for Victoria at a tender age of 19 in the 1994-95 season. He kept on putting consistent performances with the ball.

2. Domestic performance sculpted his place in the national side

Like many other cricketers, Williams too was called in to the One-Day International (ODI) side after a series of impressive performances in the domestic cricket. His fine run for Warriors in 1999-2000, where he picked 50 wickets saw him earning a spot in the Australian limited-overs side.  

3. Short international stint

Williams didn’t manage to be a mainstay in the international circuit as his stint only lasted for three years. He made his international debut in an ODI against New Zealand at Melbourne in January 2002 and played his final game against Zimbabwe in May 2004.

4. Finest performance

Williams had two five-wicket hauls in his 25 ODIs. His finest performance in ODIs came against Zimbabwe in the second match of the VB series in 2004. He had five scalps to his name and gave away just 22 runs while defending a target of 226.  

5. Overshadowed by other greats of the game

Williams could have done wonders if born in a different era. The Australian side at that time enough ammunition in their bowling with the likes of Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillsepie.

6. Not a test material

Williams although proved his prowess with the ball in ODI cricket but did not manage to survive the Test format. He just played four Tests and claimed nine wickets at an average of 45.11.

7. Injures hindered

Injuries didn’t let Williams achieve greater dividends. His cricketing career often witnessed incessant injuries in knee, shoulder and back.   

8. County stint

Williams played for Durham in the English County Cricket. He was brought in as a replacement for Mick Lewis in August 2005.

9. Suspension

Williams was reportedly dropped from the Warriors side for a Pura Cup game against Tasmania in November 2005. He retaliated by not attending a training session and withdrew himself from the side for an ING One-Day match against Tasmania. This move by Williams was perceived as a breach of contract by the West Australia Cricket Association (WACA) and was suspended for the remainder of the series.

10. Cricketer to painter

After his playing days were over, Williams shifted to Queensland’s Gold Coast, where he worked as a house painter.  

(Suraj Choudhari is a reporter with Criclife and CricketCountry. He is an avid follower of the game, and plays the sport at club level. He has a radical understanding about the subtle nuances and intricacies of cricket, and tries to express it through paper and pen.)