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Chris Sabburg

Chris Sabburg
Personal information
Full name
Christopher John Martin Sabburg
Born (1990-01-02) 2 January 1990 (age 34)
Gatton, Queensland, Australia
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleBatting all-rounder
Domestic team information
2012–2014Brisbane Heat (squad no. 22)
2022Perth Scorchers (squad no. 24)
Twenty20 debut12 January 2013 Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes
Last Twenty2011 January 2014 Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars
Career statistics
Competition T20
Matches 12
Runs scored 69
Batting average 13.80
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 19*
Balls bowled 6
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 8/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 22 October 2022

Christopher John Martin Sabburg (born 2 January 1990) is an Australian cricketer. He played two seasons for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League in 2012 to 2014,[1] before being added to the Perth Scorchers squad in 2022 as a COVID-19 replacement player.[2]

Born to parents of German ancestry,[3] Sabburg was considered one of the best fieldsman in Queensland[4] even though he wasn't a full-time cricketer. He still managed to impress Brisbane Heat coach to earn a spot in the team for two seasons. He never got to bowl or bat in his first season, but he took five catches and played his part in Brisbane Heat's winning campaign in 2012–13 Big Bash League.[5]

Sabburg made his debut for Perth Scorchers in January 2022, when Colin Munro was ruled out after testing positive to COVID-19.[2] He came in to bat with Perth needing eight runs to win, and scored seven runs from only three balls, including the winning runs.[6]

He first became a notable player after he took a successful catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen on the 4th day of the first Test between England and Australia in 2013.[7][8] Sabburg was fielding at fine leg for only two deliveries when Ryan Harris left the field for a short time.[9] Pietersen hit a short ball from Mitchell Johnson towards fine leg where it was caught by Sabburg sprinting from the boundary to secure a catch. Pietersen was dismissed for 26 and Australia went on to win the game by 381 runs.[10] Sabburg said after the game: "It wasn't a very hard catch, to be honest. I just had to do the simple things and catch it. All the boys got around so it was pretty awesome. I was hoping 'Harry' was going to stay off … I wanted to stay on." It also was not the first time substitute fielders were notably used in a Test between England and Australia. In 2005 at Trent Bridge England's substitute fielder Gary Pratt famously ran out Ricky Ponting.[9]

Sabburg is formally an uncapped Test player – his brief moment on the field during a Test match does not count towards official records and he is not officially recognized as an international cricketer.[11]


  1. ^ "Sabburg back for Heat". Brisbane Heat. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Wanneroo skipper gets nod for Scorchers debut". The West Australian. 9 January 2022. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Test Cricketers with German Origins".
  4. ^ Barrett, Chris (24 November 2013). "Super Sub Chris Sabburg grabs moment of glory to dismiss England's Kevin Pietersen". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  5. ^ Garry, Chris (20 January 2013). "From minimum wage, Brisbane Heat cricketer Chris Sabburg is now in line for a share of the Indian Champions League loot". Courier-Mail. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Turner's 69 helps Perth surge past Sixers". 7NEWS. 9 January 2022. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  7. ^ "England in Australia Test Series – 1st Test Scorecard". ESPNCricInfo. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Chris Sabburg steadies himself under the catch to remove Kevin Pietersen". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b Dorries, Ben (24 November 2013). "Specialist Fieldsman Chris Sabburg Takes Catch To Dismiss Kevin Pietersen In Ashes". Courier-Mail. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  10. ^ "England suffer crushing defeat". BBC Sport.
  11. ^ Ramsey, Andrew. "Renshaw re-ignites concussion discussion". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 14 January 2017..
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