Don Tallon      

Full name Donald Tallon

Born February 17, 1916, Bundaberg, Queensland

Died September 7, 1984, Bundaberg, Queensland (aged 68 years 203 days)

Major teams Australia, Queensland

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Relation Brother - LWT Tallon, Nephew - RM Tallon

Donald Tallon
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 21 26 3 394 92 17.13 0 2 0 50 8
First-class 150 228 21 6034 193 29.14 9 27 302 131
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 21 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 150 315 202 0 - - - 3.84 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Mar 29-30, 1946 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 11-16, 1953 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1933/34 - 1953/54

Although he was 30 by the time he was favoured with his first Test cap, fully 13 years after his debut for Queensland, most of Don Tallon's generation brook no argument that he was Australia's finest wicketkeeper. Alert, agile and sure-handed, his stumpings were subtle, almost surgical, seldom involving the removal of more than one bail. As a batsman, too, his instincts were attacking: his highest Test score, 92 against England in January 1947, took only 87 minutes; his best first-class score of 146 not out included a last-wicket partnership of 100 in an hour, to which Geff Noblet contributed 9. Tallon's career was shortened by age and ill-health, but few cricketers create such a retrospective consensus.
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Dec 23, 1950

Jack Iverson appeals for the wicket of Len Hutton, caught behind by Don Tallon, Australia v England, Melbourne, 2nd day, December 23, 1950

Jack Iverson appeals for the wicket of Len Hutton, caught behind by Don Tallon

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Dec 5, 1950

Sam Loxton drops Trevor Bailey off the bowling of Jack Iverson, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, day five, December 5, 1950

Sam Loxton drops Trevor Bailey

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Dec 4, 1950

An Australia team photo. Back row, from left: Jack Iverson, team manager WH Jeanes, Bill Johnston. Middle row, from left: Neil Harvey, Ray Lindwall, Sam Loxton, Ken Archer, Jack Moroney. Front row, from left: Don Tallon, Arthur Morris, Lindsay Hassett, Ian Johnson, Keith Miller. Australia v England, first Test, day four, Brisbane, December 4, 1950

An Australia team photo

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1949