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Frost on 500 not out

The bruise on his thigh is long gone, but ACT stalwart Michael Frost clearly remembers the day a dodgy lbw decision saw him fall victim to Pakistan legend Imran Khan.

On the eve of his record-breaking 500th game for Queanbeyan this weekend, the long-serving batsman recalled perhaps his proudest moment - facing up to a star-studded Pakistan team at Manuka Oval.

While speed king Waqar Younis was a late scratching, left-arm quick Wasim Akram and all-rounder Khan spearheaded the tourist's attack.

Frost's day came to a premature end, out lbw to Khan in the third over of the day before he had a chance to face Akram.

How he wished he could have Hawkeye technology to overturn the decision.

''I know to this day it hit me in the thigh and Imran Khan came up after the game and apologised,'' Frost said.


''I was pretty dirty at the time, but the umpire apologised to me after the game and said he got caught up in the moment, so that was fair enough.''

It's that same happy-go-lucky attitude Frost has carried through his glittering 34-year career with Queanbeyan.

A proud one-club man through and through, Frost made his debut in grade cricket as a 12-year-old in 1979.

Staggering then to think he's since compiled nearly 12,000 runs for the Bluebags, with almost 7000 of those coming in first-grade.

That's where the 45-year-old made his name, featuring prominently in Queanbeyan's era of dominance in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Queanbeyan won five of the six premierships on offer from 1985-86 to 1991-92, missing out only in 1988-89.

He became a regular in the Canberra representative team, playing a part in two victorious National Country Championship campaigns.

Now he's gone full circle.

He's no longer the young pup scurrying around in the outfield, soaking up every piece of advice from his older teammates. Frost is now the one nurturing the next generation.

He beams when speaking about a 15-year-old who carried his bat in a recent third-grade game to win the match.

As for when he closes his own innings, Frost says if his body holds up he's got another five or 10 years left in the tank.

But he would love nothing more than sharing the field with his 10-year-old son Sam before he calls stumps.

''Over the last 34 years I've enjoyed every minute of it,'' Frost said.

''We try to balance our side with a bunch of kids.

''If we can try and impart a bit of knowledge and help them out a little bit, that's great.''