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Merv has been with AST since the beginning in 1999 and his 10 year international playing career coupled with his 5 year tenure as an Australian Selector between 2005 - 2010 provides tour members with a unique insight into the workings of the Australian Cricket Team. The former great fast bowler offers great entertainment on tour from his late night poker sessions to his charismatic guest speaking - Merv has been a hit on many tours including the following;

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2015 - Ashes
2002, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 - South Africa
2003, 2007, 2011 - ICC Cricket World Cup (South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka & India)
2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 - West Indies
2003, 2004 - Darwin (Bangladesh & Sri Lanka)
2004, 2008, 2013, 2017 - India
2005, 2010 - New Zealand
2004, 2011, 2016 - Sri Lanka
2010 - Pakistan (Series played in England)
2010 - Australia (Ashes reunion functions)
2014 - Pakistan (Series played in UAE)


A former Australian leg spinner and now key member of the ABC Radio Commentary team, Kerry O'Keeffe played for Australia in the golden era of the 70s, and was also involved in the World Series Cricket revolution. "Skull" is a respected analyst whose entertaining observations have seen him develop a cult following in the Australian Cricket public. His regular morning briefings have been singled out by many tour members as the "highlight of the tour". Kerry has hosted the following successful AST Tours;

2005, 2010/11 - Members Reunion functions
2006 - South Africa
2007 - ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies
2008 - West Indies
2008 - Bledisloe Cup functions
2009, 2013, 2015 - Ashes


Australia's finest ever swing bowler, Terry Alderman is an Ashes legend who still holds the record for the most wickets ever taken in an Ashes Series. His domination of the English batting, timed with the fall from power of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1989, prompted the tabloid headline - "Thatcher Out!... LBW Alderman". Now a respected media personality "Clem's" keen cricket brain and easy going and friendly nature has proved a real hit with tour members in England and South Africa.

2005, 2009, 2013, 2015 - Ashes
2006 - South Africa
2010 - Ashes reunion function (Perth)


Widely regarded as the fastest bowler to ever play cricket, Jeff Thomsonís unusual slinging action and aggressive approach terrorised batsmen around the world in the 70s and 80s. Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh kept wicket to Thomson for most of his Test career, and who saw first hand incidents of Thomsonís deliveries going over his head and hitting the WACA sightscreen on the full, claimed that Thomson bowled upwards of 180 km/h. He created further attention during a television interview during the 1974/75 Ashes series when he said, "I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out. I like to see blood on the pitch". As a commentator and pundit, Thommo is renowned for his forthright opinions on the modern day game and its players.

2013 - Ashes


Australia's longest ever serving captain, "AB" retired in 1993 as a living legend of Australian cricket. Inheriting the captaincy during Australia's lowest ebb in the mid 80's, Border rebuilt the team in his own image and instilled a ruthless "never say die" attitude which saw his teams win the 1987 World Cup and emphatically regain the Ashes in England in 1989. Just the second man in history to reach 10,000 Test runs, Border's wicket was the most prized in International cricket during the 80s and 90s. Now a pundit on Fox Sports, AB is a deep thinker of the game while remaining one the most loved figures in Australian cricket.

2013, 2015 - Ashes


Kepler provides a unique insight into Australian and South African cricket like no other. After opening the batting for Australia for 24 tests, he was then South Africa's first Test captain following their reinstatement to International cricket in 1991. A member of Kerry Packer's Australian World Series Cricket in the 70s, as well as Australian Rebel Tours to South Africa in the 80s, Kepler Wessels possesses a unique cricketing resume unmatched in the history of the game. An AST Legend, Kepler has so far hosted the following tours;

2002 - South Africa
2003 - Cricket World Cup South Africa
2006 - South Africa
2009, 2011, 2014 - South Africa (Guest speaker)

Other Hosts and Guest Speakers featured on AST Tours

Curtly Ambrose, Russell Arnold, Ian Bishop, Greg Blewett, Harsha Bogle, Doug Bollinger, David Boon, Chris Cairns, Michael Clarke, Angus Fraser, Joel Garner, Adam Gilchrist, Larry Gomes, Graham Gooch, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Matthew Hayden, Desmond Haynes, Brad Hodge, Rodney Hogg, Justin Langer, Darren Lehmann, Stuart MacGill, Graham Manou, Colin Miller, Tom Moody, Tim Nielsen, Graham Pollock, Manoj Prabhaker, Derek Pringle, Clive Rice, Richie Richardson, Ravi Shastri, Peter Siddle, Gladstone Small, Ian Smith, Shaun Tait, Mark Waugh and Jim Maxwell

Jude Bolton, Dermott Brereton, Billy Brownless, Richard Champion, Robert Dipierdomenico, Doug Hawkins, Tony Shaw, Terry Wallace

Rugby League
Chris Anderson, Danny Buderus, David Gallop, Paul Harragon, Brett Kimmorley and Mal Meninga

Rugby Union
Owen Finegan

Brett Emerton, Craig Johnston and Lucas Neill

John Newcombe

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