A combative and wholehearted cricketer, Michael Slater (affectionately known as “Slats”) played many vital innings for New South Wales and as an Australian opener with his adventurous brand of strokeplay.
Following a stint at the Australian Cricket Academy, he made rapid strides, turning a place in the New South Wales Second XI at the start of the 1992-93 season into a berth in Australia's 1993 Ashes squad by the end of that summer.
After notching a half-century in the opening match of that series - alongside fellow New South Welshman, Mark Taylor - and complementing it with a brilliant century in the following encounter at Lord's, he soon became a regular in his nation's Test team.
Aside from the period between October 1996 and March 1998, Michael occupied a position at the top of the Australian Test batting line-up for close to a decade.
His signature trait of kissing his helmet whenever he reached three figures was seen 14 times, and he made scores in the nineties on a record-breaking nine occasions.
He was also one of only four players to have played in each of the 16 matches between late 1999 and early 2001 which delivered the then Australian team the greatest run of consecutive victories in the history of Test cricket.
Michael played his last Test against England in August 2001. He returned to State cricket and was a key member of the NSW team which won the Pura Cup and ING Cup Double in 2002-03. Slats was the leading First Class run scorer for NSW that season with 770 runs at 42.78 including 204 against Western Australia in Perth and 100 in the Pura Cup final against Queensland in Brisbane.
In 2004, Michael brought down the curtain on his dazzling career. He had been battling illness for some time and decided to announce his retirement. 2005 saw Michael put down the bat and pick up a microphone and began what has now turned into an extremely promising career as a sports commentator.
He was part of the Channel 4 commentary team to bring the world the historic 2005 Ashes Series in England, now widely thought of as one of the greatest cricketing test series in history. 2005 also saw Michael lend his commentary skills to SkyNZ and ABC Radio during the Australian summer cricket season. Also in 2005, Michael released his bestselling autobiography 'Slats – The Michael Slater Story' which followed his widely publicised appearance on Andrew Denton’s 'Enough Rope' program.
In 2006 Michael is continuing his rise through the media signing up with Triple M as part of The Cage and Dead Set Legends teams. He also joined the Nine Network's prestigious Wide World of Sports cricket commentary team and was soon earmarked as a possible future host of that illustrious team.
In 2008, Michael signed up with Sky Sports as a co-presenter on the hugely popular The Big Sports Breakfast where he talks all things sport between 5.30am and 9am Monday to Friday.
Further cementing his popularity in 2012 Michael signed on to co-host the NRL Footy Show alongside Paul Vautin as well as earning a trip to the 2012 London Olympics as a Ch 9 commentator on the Diving.