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Former Australia pacer Bracken throws hat into political rink

cricket Updated: Aug 13, 2013 02:43 IST
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Former Australian test cricketer Nathan Bracken on Monday said he will stand in next month’s national elections, where he will be joined by a one-time A-League football coach.

The lanky pace bowler will run as an independent in the New South Wales seat of Dobell north of Sydney which is currently held by Craig Thomson, a disgraced former Labor party member accused of misusing trade union credit cards to pay for prostitutes.

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As an Independent
“I will be running as an independent for the seat of Dobell for the election and Lawrie McKinna will run in Robertson as an independent,” Bracken, who played five Tests and 116 one-day internationals, tweeted on Monday.

Bracken and McKinna are being bankrolled by advertising guru John Singleton who said he was doing it “because I feel I should, I can afford it, it can do no harm, and it can only do good”.

Both Dobell and Robertson are considered marginal seats in the September 7 polls, at which every seat will matter for Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Bracken, 35, who is suing Cricket Australia for failing to adequately deal with a knee injury which ended his career, said he wanted to focus on local issues such as unemployment.