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Len Pascoe      

Full name Leonard Stephen Pascoe

Born February 13, 1950, Bridgetown North, Western Australia

Current age 64 years 160 days

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

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Leonard Stephen Pascoe
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 14 19 9 106 30* 10.60 263 40.30 0 0 12 0 2 0
ODIs 29 11 7 39 15* 9.75 102 38.23 0 0 2 0 6 0
First-class 80 81 25 502 51* 8.96 0 1 23 0
List A 41 14 8 50 15* 8.33 0 0 6 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 14 27 3403 1668 64 5/59 6/96 26.06 2.94 53.1 4 1 0
ODIs 29 28 1568 1066 53 5/30 5/30 20.11 4.07 29.5 4 1 0
First-class 80 15460 7913 309 8/41 25.60 3.07 50.0 12 2
List A 41 2159 1416 69 5/28 5/28 20.52 3.93 31.2 5 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 16-21, 1977 scorecard
Last Test Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, Jan 30-Feb 3, 1982 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 2, 1977 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Feb 20, 1982 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1974-1984
List A span 1976-1983
Profile

Dark and swarthy, Len Pascoe was the son of Yugoslavian immigrants (his original surname was Durtanovich) who would have won more than 14 Test caps had he not defected to World Series Cricket just as he was making his mark in Australia. A fast bowler with little subtlety but heaps of aggression (he regularly topped 90mph) he took 41 wickets at 21.78 on the 1977 tour of England - including 13 in three Tests - and in the hostile environment of WSC he thrived. He emerged as a genuine Test fast man, taking 5 for 59 (his only five-for) in the first innings of the 1980 Centenary Test and followed up with good home series against new Zealand (12 wickets) and India (16) in 1980-81. But he was increasingly troubled by a knee injury, and he opted to miss the 1981 tour of England to try to get it sorted. He returned for one Test against West Indies in 1981-82 but was not as effective as he had been although he did take four wickets. On retiring he had a spell coaching New South Wales and subsequently ran Len Pascoe Sports Entertainment. Pascoe, who once famously noted that "a tiger never changes its spots", was also a schoolmate of Jeff Thomson at Punchbowl Boys High and the Bankstown Club: imagine coming up against those two in a school game.
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Mar 25, 1979

Australian players shelter from the riot - from left to right, Jeff Thomson, Kepler Wessels, Rick McCosker and Len Pascoe, WSC West Indies v WSC Australia, Guyana, March 25, 1979

Australian players shelter from the riot at Georgetown

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1979

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