If circumstances were different, Bond University Bachelor of Property student Matt Kuhnemann would have been dusting off a dinner suit ahead of tonight’s Bond University Blues Gala.
Instead, he will today make his Australian Test cricket debut for Australia against India at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
A little over a week ago the 25-year-old was toiling away in front a crowd of mostly of seagulls as his Queensland Bulls were soundly beaten by Victoria in their Sheffield Shield game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
But a phone call on the morning of day three of that clash confirmed he would join the Australian touring squad as a replacement for fellow Queenslander Mitch Swepson who was returning to Australia for the birth of his first child.
Kuhnemann will be experiencing his first ever test match - the second of four in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series - with fellow Bondy, Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja, a 56-test veteran, enrolled in a Master of Business Administration at Bond University late last year.
Matt Kuhnemann is an ADCO Sports Excellence Scholarship Holder, a 2019 Bond University Blue recipient and became Bond University’s first ever Australian cricketer after he appeared for Australia’s ODI side last year. He was the best performed spin bowler in Australian domestic first-class cricket last season.