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Michael Di Venuto

Di Venuto likes to attack from the off, with the hook, pull and square cut his favourite methods of scoring.

The top-order batsman originates from Tasmania and made his first-class debut in 1991/92, becoming an instant crowd favourite.

He has been capped nine times by Australia in one-day internationals and was awarded the man-of-the-match accolade for his fine performance against South Africa in 1997 - when he scored 89.

Di Venuto made his county debut for Sussex in 1999 before moving to Derbyshire in 2000.

He was joint Derbyshire player of the year in 2002, alongside Kevin Dean, and in 2003 he was the first batsman to reach 1,000 championship runs.

His batting was one of the few bright points of a hugely disappointing 2005 season that saw Derbyshire finish bottom of the County Championship.

He top-scored with 1,133 runs, averaging more than 50, and was named as vice-captain to Graeme Welch in 2006.

Di Venuto enjoyed another prolific season in 2006 but was released by Derbyshire at the end of the season and signed a one-year deal with Durham.

That one year saw him average a magnificent 66.45 as he made 1,329 runs in 13 matches to help Durham to second spot in the County Championship table. He also helped them with the Friends Provident Trophy.

Durham went one better in the championship in 2008 as Di Venuto enjoyed another fine season, chalking up over 1,000 first-class runs.

However his performances in 2009 surpassed all expectations as he bludgeoned 1,601 runs at an incredible average of 80. He also became the first batsman to score two double hundreds in a season for Durham.

The second of those, a free-flowing 219 against Nottinghamshire, helped secure the title on home soil while he also cracked an unbeaten 254 against Sussex.

Despite his advancing years, Di Venuto continued to prosper in 2010 and once again passed the 1,000-run mark in four-day cricket before falling narrowly short the following season.

Father Time eventually caught up with Di Venuto in 2012, though, as the opener called time on his cricketing career having represented Italy in the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament earlier that year.