Stars' Cars: Damien Fleming and Andrew Symonds
WITH the Big Bash cricket in full swing we're looking forward to plenty of big-hitting action over the holidays.
We expect colourful expert commentary to go along with it, and Channel 10 has a stellar line-up this season, including Australian Test and ODI favourites Damien Fleming and Andrew Symonds behind the microphones.
We threw Flemo and Roy a few searching motoring questions to discover their car life past and present.
What was your first car?
Damien Fleming: A broken down 1982 Datsun Bluebird. It had a good stereo to be fair though, cranking out some Def Leppard and Motley Crue.
Andrew Symonds: A Subaru Brumby 4WD.
What are you driving now?
DF: A black BMW X3 in the "Corridor of Coolness".
AS: A Toyota LandCruiser ute.
What car did your family have growing up?
DF: It was a big day for the Flemings when, I believe, we bought our only new car: a Honda Civic.
AS: A Holden Jackaroo.
What is your greatest frustration on the road?
DF: People driving slow in the right hand lane. It's like blocking in a T20 match!
AS: People that speed up when there is an overtaking lane and then slow down when it ends.
Where's your favourite place in the world to drive?
DF: Any road or freeway when I shot under my golf handicap. The Great Ocean Road is hard to beat.
AS: Gulf Country in Far North Queensland.
Any preferred driving music?
DF: 1980s hard rock.. "We're half way there... Livin' on a prayer".
AS: Country music.
Who would be your ideal road trip companion?
DF: My old Victorian teammate, Big Merv Hughes. Plenty of laughs; the trip would go very quickly.
AS: Good mates with some good banter and good tunes.
What's your dream car?
DF: The flying cars from the Jetsons cartoon... no one blocking the right hand lane!
AS: A Toyota LandCruiser ute with all the bells and whistles.
Who: Damien Fleming.
Born: April 24 1970, Bentley, WA.
Resume: The swing bowl expert made his debut for Victoria in 1989, then his international ODI debut for Australia against South Africa in 1994. The same year he made his Test debut against Pakistan, and is one of only three men to have taken a hat-trick on Test debut.
An important part the all-conquering Australian teams under Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, he retired with Test career figures of 75 wickets at an average of 25.89 with a career best of 5/30. Represented his country 88 times at ODI level, including in two World Cup finals, taking 134 wickets at an average of 25.38.
See him: As KFC Big Bash League expert commentator, Network Ten, throughout summer.
Who: Andrew Symonds.
Born: June 9 1975, Birmingham, England.
Resume: The two-time Cricket World Cup winner (2003, 2007) made his state cricket debut for Queensland in the 1994-5 season, going on to score more than 5000 runs and take more than 100 wickets for his state. Played for Gloucestershire and broke world records for most sixes hit during a first-class innings (16) and during a first-class match (20) at just 20 years old.
Made his one-day international debut for Australia in the 1998-99 season, with best bowling figures of 5/18 against Bangladesh in 2005, and best ODI score of 156 against New Zealand in 2005. Made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2003-4, and through his career returned best Test bowling figures of 3/50 against South Africa in 2005 and best Test score of 162 not out against India in 2008.
See him: As KFC Big Bash League Special Guest Commentator, Network Ten throughout summer.