Born: May 4, 1983, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Major Teams: Australia, Brisbane Heat, Deccan Chargers,Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hobart Hurricanes, Middlesex, New South Wales, Rising Pune Supergiant,Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Australia, Trinbago Knight Riders, Victoria
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Fast Medium
An allrounder who has played for three states, Daniel Christian has spent plenty of time in and around the Australia team without really earning a permanent place. An allrounder who can bat in the top six and provide a valuable extra seam option, Christian started at New South Wales, moved to South Australia and then shifted to Victoria ahead of the 2013-14 season. During that summer he was called into Australia's ODI and T20 sides and made the squad for the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh. Christian had made his T20 international debut four years earlier and has played for four county T20 teams and two IPL sides - he sold for $900,000 to Deccan Chargers in 2011.
At his best, Christian offers the complete package of clean-hitting with the bat, a wicket-taking knack with the ball and sharp work in the field. He was called into Australia's Test squad during the home series against India in 2011-12 but was not given a baggy green. The previous summer he had been South Australia's leading run scorer and second top wicket-taker in the Ryobi Cup, and he also filled in as the state's captain. His second move, to Victoria, came after a 2012-13 season in which he was suspended by South Australia after three outbursts in which he damaged change-rooms following his dismissals.
Christian is also notable as one of the few players of Aboriginal heritage to reach the elite level. A graduate of Cricket Australia's indigenous cricket program and captain of the national indigenous development squad during a tour of England in 2009, Christian is from the Wiradjuri tribe in New South Wales.