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Fine day at SCG blows Mickey's mind

Mickey Edwards' blond locks ensured he became an instant cult hero at the SCG on day five

A blond mop-headed substitute fielder sent social media into meltdown on Saturday as the Australian public briefly crowned a new cult hero at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

While Nathan Lyon has been the focus of much attention this summer due to Matthew Wade’s catchy ‘Nice Garry’ encouragement from behind the stumps, it was 22-year-old Mickey Edwards who was adored by the 17,583 in attendance on day five.

The 198cm Sydney Sixers quick came on to the field for an ill David Warner on the final day of the third Commonwealth Bank Test against Pakistan and once the crowd got a glimpse of his flowing golden locks every move he made drew a resounding roar and heavy applause.

"That was pretty scary," Edwards said after play.

"I actually wasn’t expecting that at all. I was trying to palm it off the other bloke who was doing it (12th man duties) but he was like ‘you have a go’.

"It was like a dream come true. You’re never going to forget that.

"I’m going to take this all in because I might not get another chance to do it."

The Manly-Warringah Cricket Club product was stunned when he was shown on the SCG’s big screen.

"‘Who is that big idiot with the long, stupid hair?’" he said to himself. "I couldn’t believe it was me.

"I’ve never seen myself on TV. It was really cool.

"It sort of felt like a normal game but then I was like ‘there’s actually big crowd here’."

While his duties mainly involved running drinks for his senior colleagues, Edwards was not prepared for what he was set to encounter.

"I actually thought it was going to rain all day so I thought I wasn’t going to be doing anything," he said.

"I’m happy to get a run around which was a bit of fun. Hopefully do it again soon."

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The lanky quick adorned the Test whites but wasn’t given a Baggy Green to wear, and hopes he'll get away with hanging on to a souvenir or two to remember the moment.

"The cap was really small on my head so I’ve got a headache now because it was squeezing my head all day," he said.

"I’ve nicked the shirt as well. Hope they don’t notice."

And as the locks that contributed to him trending on Twitter during his stint on the field?

"It’s a pain but people say not to cut but it’s a real pain in the arse."