|Aaron Hardie Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||January 7, 1999|
Aaron Hardie is an Australian professional cricketer who has represented his country as an all-rounder in the shortest format of the sport (T20I). Before making his international debut for Australia in August 2023, he had been included in the country’s squad midway through the 2018 edition of the ICC (International Cricket Council – the global governing body of the sport) Under-19 Cricket World Cup – as an injury replacement. However, just before the tournament’s final (where Australia was defeated by 4th-time champion India), Aaron too suffered an injury and was withdrawn from the squad. In the Australian domestic circuit, he has played for Western Australia (2018-19-Present) across formats. He has also played domestic cricket outside of his home country, representing Surrey County Cricket Club (2022) in England. In franchise-based T20 leagues, Aaron has turned out for the Perth Scorchers (2018-19-Present) in the BBL (Big Bash League).
Aaron Mark Hardie
Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
- Siblings – Matthew Hardie (Younger Brother), Michael Hardie (Younger Brother)
- 20 – T20I
- 21 – Western Australia (Australian Domestic Cricket), Perth Scorchers (BBL)
- 15 – Surrey County Cricket Club (English Domestic Cricket)
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Aaron has dated –
- Anna Bodlovich (2017-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of British descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, side-parted hair
- Cheerful smile
- Clean-shaven look
He has been sponsored by Gray-Nicolls AUS/NZ, the Australasian subsidiary of Gray-Nicolls (an English cricket equipment and clothing brand).
Aaron Hardie Facts
- Born in Bournemouth, England, Aaron and his family moved to Australia when he was just about 2 years old. They settled down in Perth, Western Australia.
- He first came into the spotlight in March 2019 when he picked up 8 wickets (4/29 in 11.4 overs in the 1st innings and 4/33 in 13 overs in the 2nd innings) on his first-class debut for Western Australia – during the 2018-19 season of the Sheffield Shield (the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in Australia).
- Aaron was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his outstanding debut performance which helped Western Australia defeat Queensland by 136 runs in what was the 10th (and final) round of the season. Unfortunately, despite this win, Western Australia finished in 3rd place overall in the regular season and narrowly missed out on a berth in the grand final.
- In late March 2022, in the last round of the 2021-22 season of the Sheffield Shield, he bowled a spectacular spell of 4/24 in 12 overs to help Western Australia limit Victoria to a paltry total of 114 runs. Western Australia went on to win this match by an innings and 51 runs and this result played a vital role in helping the team finish the regular season in the 1st place.
- This meant that Western Australia would host the final of the Sheffield Shield for the first time since the 1997-98 season. In the final, Aaron’s spell of 3/54 in 24 overs helped Western Australia earn a crucial 80-run lead over Victoria in the first innings of the match. In the second innings of the match, Aaron recorded a mammoth knock of 174 runs not out (the then 3rd-highest score by a Western Australian batter in a Sheffield Shield final) as the match petered out into a draw.
- Western Australia were declared the winners of this final match (their 16th such title and first since the 1998-99 season) by virtue of having earned more bonus points (1.67 compared to Victoria’s 1.44) at the end of 100 overs of each team’s first innings.
- In the BBL (Big Bash League – Australia’s premier professional franchise-based T20 league), he broke through in the tournament’s 2022-23 edition (12th season) – finishing as the tournament’s highest run-getter overall. Representing the Perth Scorchers, Aaron scored 460 runs in 15 innings at a stellar average of 41.81 runs per inning and an excellent strike rate of 141.10 runs scored per 100 balls faced.
- He also struck 17 sixes in the tournament (the 5th most overall). His performances were vital in helping the Perth Scorchers clinch their record-extending 5th BBL title.
- In March 2023, Aaron won the Sheffield Shield title with Western Australia for the 2nd season in a row. This was Western Australia’s 17th such title – extending the team’s status as the competition’s 3rd most successful team.
- His nickname, Budge, was given to him after his teammates discovered that his packed lunch consisted of a bag of seeds that looked like ‘bird food’. Budgerigars, often called Budgies, are nomadic flock parakeets that are found in the wild throughout the drier parts of Australia.
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