George Thoms      

Full name George Ronald Thoms

Born March 22, 1927, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria

Died August 29, 2003, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 76 years 160 days)

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 44 28 22.00 0 0 2 0 0 0
First-class 19 32 0 1137 150 35.53 3 5 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 19 32 14 1 1/8 14.00 2.62 32.0 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 25-29, 1952 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946/47 - 1953/54

Not only was George Thoms a member of Australia's one-Test club, he is the only Test cricketer to have been a gynaecologist. An eminent surgeon who introduced the concept of laser surgery to Australia in the mid-70s, Thoms quit representative cricket prematurely, at 27, for fear of sustaining a hand injury which would have finished his career as a surgeon. Good enough to make three centuries and average 35 at first-class level in a formidable era for fast bowlers, he scored 16 and 28 on debut for Australia on a green Sydney wicket alongside fellow rookies Richie Benaud and Colin McDonald against the West Indies in the fifth Test of the 1951-52 summer. "My strengths were more with defence, to keep them out early or as (his Victorian captain) Lindsay Hassett would say, 'see you at lunch or see you after the new ball,' Thoms said in a recent interview. Thoms was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1996. He attended the grand reunion of Australian cricket, involving almost 200 of Australia's living Test cricketers in Sydney, just weeks before his death.
Ken Piesse, The Wisden Cricketer, October 2003

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Jan 23, 2002

Former Australian cricketers Colin Mc Donald, left, and George Thoms, January 23, 2002

George Thoms, right, traded bat for scalpel and went on to become one of Australia's preeminent obstetricians

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