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Former Australia bowler to contest federal election

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Former Australian bowler Nathan Bracken has today revealed on Twitter that he will contest the federal election as an independent candidate for the seat of Dobell in New South Wales, Australia. 

Bracken, 35, will take on MP Craig Thomson, who stood down from the Labour Party in May following a series of allegations surrounding misuse of the union credit card and prostitution. 

The former fast bowler retired from international cricket in 2011 due to a knee injury. He is currently suing Cricket Australia, for a reported $1million, over the way in which they handled his injury.

Bracken said, having come to the Central Coast as an outsider, he had fallen in love with the place: "It's somewhere I want to stay and raise a family and live a long happy life," he told FoxSports.com.

The former cricketer has admitted that his political ambitions came about working with his father-in-law in a medium-sized business in the region.

"I've always been interested in politics and through playing sport and travelling the world I've sen some of the best and the worst the world has to offer," Bracken said.

After moving to the Central Coast with wife Hayley, he said: "Unfortunately it's hard here. We have 17 per cent unemployment in my electorate and many young people are having to travel to Sydney and Newcastle for work.

"The hospitals need improving, the roads need improving and, as a region, we are forgotten."

Despite declining to place himself on the political spectrum, Bracken has ruled out joining a major party and said he has no interest in that.

In a six-year international career, and representing Australia in all-forms of the game, he claimed 174 wickets at an average of 24.36 in 116 one-day internationals.

He was also a member of Ricky Ponting's 2007 World Cup winning squad. 

 

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