Talking cricket & man buns with Brisbane Heat star Nick Buchanan

When it comes to striking it rich in the gene pool… Nick has hit the jackpot. The talented cricketing gun who hails from sunny Brisbane, is a part time model and plays for Brisbane Heat in the BBL. For the record he also sports a very decent man bun. 

Nick is also the son of former Australian cricketing coach John Buchanan, so it’s no wonder he’s always had dreams of playing cricket at a professional level. He’s also recently given up alcohol which has been a game changer.  

Nick Buchanan is a cricketer, model and advocate for a movement about not drinking alcohol. Photo: Sourced. 

Nick Buchanan is a cricketer, model and advocate for a movement about not drinking alcohol. Photo: Sourced. 

So Nick let’s start with the important question… the man bun. How how much maintenance does it take? 
Ha ha not much, I swim and surf in the ocean a lot, that seems to do the trick.

So you’re a bit of a beach boy… here I was thinking you were a city boy because you live in Brisbane? 
I know! If only the beach was a little bit closer…. it’s still only 40 minutes away from Brisbane so it’s pretty easy, and we have some of the best beaches in Australia right here in Queensland. So yeah I’m a beach boy through and through but I do still love the city.

Nick hanging with some of his youngest fans. Picture: Sourced.  

Nick hanging with some of his youngest fans. Picture: Sourced.  

Yep I’m pretty sure you guys are the textbook definition of a ‘sporting family’. So why did you choose cricket?
Cricket was always my number one passion growing up. Unfortunately though I had stress fractures in my back through school so I wasn’t able to bowl during the last year of high school. So I decided to focus on rugby and I even signed a contract with the Queensland Reds (the Queensland State Rugby Union Team). I didn’t quite have the motivation and passion for the training that I would have liked, so once my body had recovered I gave cricket another chance, made the call to come back.

And how is it being back on the cricket field?
It’s been a challenging return, because I pretty much have been in and out of the game for the last four years due to injury. I also had a hip operation earlier this year, this year, so I’m trying not to overload it.  As much as you want to play all three forms of the game, the Big Bash League was the goal of this season. Some would say it might have been a terrible decision to come back… but  I still wouldn’t change a thing as it’s led me down so many paths I may not have ever come across.

Different paths.. please explain? 
Well I’ve recently gotten involved in an initiative called Hello Sunday Morning which is an online movement to try and encourage alcohol behaviour change in the world. Originally a lady noticed at events that I would never have a drink and told me about the movement so I formed a partnership. It’s really helped me to ask the question what sort of person can you be without alcohol.

So are you dead against drinking?
No.. I think there is a place for the society for alcohol.. but in moderation.

What made you decide to stop?
The first few years in squad cricket I found it tough. I just wanted to play but was struggling with injury so I used alcohol to try and escape it, as you tend to forget about problems when you drink and in that moment you feel very happy. I just made the decision to ask myself where I was going and what I was doing, as well as where I wanted to be. I still wanted to chase the dream (to play cricket professionally), so I decided to go sober.

Did you notice a huge life change… what else did you do to try and get back on track?
It’s definitely helped the way I train. I also started pilates and yoga, did as many little things as I could to improve my life. As much as I can sacrifice, it will be a small sacrifice for a big gain. My headspace has really improved since starting pilates and yoga, I’ve met a lot of new people and expanding my lifestyle has been a huge release. It’s also helped with tension and and anxiety.

No hangovers on a Sunday means more time at the beach for Nick. Picture: Sourced. 

No hangovers on a Sunday means more time at the beach for Nick. Picture: Sourced. 

So I guess you’re the designated driver now for your friends…. what are you doing next Saturday night?
Ha ha. Yeah initially they didn’t understand what was going on. Now they’re stoked they get a free lift out and a free lift home.

Yep, I can imagine. And what’s the go with all of these puppy photos I’ve been stalking.. I mean seeing on Instagram?
One of my teammates Nathan Reardon has had a few litters… so I guess it was just ‘puppy tactics’. (FYI 'puppy tactics'  does not feature in Urban Dictionary but I’m pretty sure it means provoking emotion from the adoring females.)

You mean female tactics?
Ha ha..I really  didn’t think it would get as much coverage as it did.

Nick hanging out with some furry friends. Picture: Sourced. 

Nick hanging out with some furry friends. Picture: Sourced. 

Also what’s this I hear about you being the next Zoolander male model?
Ha ha .. aghhhh… a couple of the cricket of boys like to joke. They reckon I’m a full time model and part time cricketer.... it’s sometimes a little bit of embarrassing. It’s just something that came about randomly, I didn’t think anything of it. It’s just a bit of fun. I really don’t think I have any idea about what I’m doing. 

Any funny man bun model moments to report?
Probably more a misinterpretation. I’ve done a few fake wedding shoots so a few people had thought I’d gotten married.

Nick on the catwalk.. man bun looking on point. Picture: Sourced. 

Nick on the catwalk.. man bun looking on point. Picture: Sourced. 


So you’re not married.. If you were going to serenade a lady friend who would be your musical inspiration, what do you like to listen to?
Ha ha. Depends on the mood, I like chilled out music. I’m a fan of Jack Johnson and Xavier Rudd.

Thanks for the chat Nick.
No problems, thanks for having me. 

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