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Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

Luke Wright was the Su­per­man of last year’s Big Bash derby at the MCG, smash­ing 109 off 63 balls. But af­ter six sum­mers in Mel­bourne can the 31-year-old Stars hero pass his lat­est test, and be­come an hon­orary Aussie?

Sun or snow on Christ­mas Day?

Snow. I’m still get­ting used to Christ­mas Day be­ing so hot. Once Christ­mas Day is over, I like it, be­cause it’s done and you can get back in the sun, but I do miss the Bri­tish ver­sion. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 2/5

If a fly landed on your snag at a BBQ, would you still eat it?

Yeah. Even if I dropped it on the floor, I’d still prob­a­bly take it on. So a fly, def­i­nitely. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 5/5

Do you still glow pink on your first out­ing to the beach?

I’ve been com­ing for six years and if I could move here, I ac­tu­ally would — my wife’s par­ents are in New Zealand — but it’s just not been able to work out with our English sum­mer be­ing so long. It does feel like a sec­ond home, but I’m still pink ev­ery time I go out. And I go home just as pale. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 1/5

Do you pack long pants for a trip Down Un­der?

I just put the shorts in. But I should know by now that I should put more trousers in for Mel­bourne. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 3/5

Cold VB or a warm pint of bit­ter?

A cold VB ev­ery time. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 5/5

Do you still think sharks are hot shots in the fi­nan­cial world?

No, we take the kids (Joshua, 5, and Olivia, 2½) to beaches and I’m well aware of the sharks so I just go out up to my an­kles. I’m very scared of sharks. Although I swam with them once, in South Africa, but I was in a cage. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 3/5

Have you ever wo­ken up in the mid­dle of the night and shouted “Bowled, Warnie!”?

I think while Warnie was play­ing with the Stars, I prob­a­bly did quite a bit. And he prob­a­bly did it to me in the nets quite a lot. He bowled me a lot. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 4/5

Are you a “have a go, you mug”, or a “jolly good shot” type in the field?

Some­where in-be­tween. Prob­a­bly more “jolly good shot”, I’d still say. Just. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 2/5

What will be the Ashes score­line next sum­mer?

I think Eng­land will just nick it, 2-1. AUSSIE RAT­ING: 1/5

The hero of last year’s Big Bash derby, Mel­bourne Stars English­man Luke Wright. Pic­ture: CHRISTO­PHER CHAN

PA­TRICK DANGERFIELD, BROWNLOW MEDAL­LIST

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