Born on 4 May 1983 in New South Wales, Australia, Dan Christian is a powerful right-hand batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler. Described by EspnCricinfo as a “natural all-rounder” and “a global T20 gun-for-hire”, Christian has played for 16 different franchises, appeared in 11 T20 finals and won an impressive seven titles. He has also put in some outstanding performances, including ‘Player of the Match’ in the 2018-19 Big Bash League Final for the Melbourne Renegades.
A naturally gifted sportsman, Christian could have pursued a career in rugby league. His father had played for the Newtown Jets and Dan was a key member of the St Gregory’s College XIII in New South Wales, playing in their 2000 national championships team. His rugby injuries – including two broken legs – and a call-up to the Australian Under-19 cricket side led to a shift in sporting focus.
Having joined the Australian Cricket Academy in 2003, Christian started playing List A cricket for New South Wales in 2006 before moving to South Australia in 2007 and making his First-Class debut. Dan captained the Indigenous Australian teams on their tours of the UK in 2009 and 2018, the latter to mark the 150th anniversary of the first international tour by an Aboriginal cricket team in 1868. In 2010 he broke into Australia’s T20 team and his ODI debut followed in 2012.
Dan is a familiar face in England, having appeared for Hampshire (First-Class, List A and T20 champions in 2010), Gloucestershire (First-Class and T20 in 2013) and Middlesex (T20 in 2014).
Dan joined Notts as a red-ball player in 2015 before playing all formats – and becoming the T20 Captain – in 2016. Since 2017 he has concentrated on T20 matches, and in that year he led the Outlaws to their first victory on T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston. Under his leadership the Outlaws have also reached one Quarter-Final and two Semi-Finals, while in his 63 T20 matches for the Green and Golds have seen Dan score 1,346 runs with a highest score of 113* and an average of 36.37; he has also taken 35 wickets at a strike rate of 19.88.