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Wally Grout      

Full name Arthur Theodore Wallace Grout

Born March 30, 1927, Mackay, Queensland

Died November 9, 1968, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland (aged 41 years 224 days)

Major teams Australia, Queensland

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Arthur Theodore Wallace Grout
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 51 67 8 890 74 15.08 0 3 0 163 24
First-class 183 253 24 5168 119 22.56 4 25 473 114
List A 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 51 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 183 140 115 3 1/22 38.33 4.92 46.6 0 0
List A 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 23-28, 1957 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 11-16, 1966 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946-1966
List A span 1964-1964
Profile

Wally Grout entitled his autobiography My Country's Keeper, expressing his pride in the office he assumed at the age of 30 and held for almost a decade. Mobile, sometimes acrobatic, and a perceptive judge of batsmen's weaknesses, his presence was for many years talismanic: Australia did not lose a series during his tenure. Grout claimed a record six catches in an innings on Test debut, and in February 1960 scooped a first-class record eight in an innings for Queensland against Western Australia. He was also a batsman good enough to score a Test half-century as an emergency opener batsman, and a humorist with a touch of Australian comedian Lennie Lower. Asked by an Englishman if he'd attended a public school, he replied: "Eton. And drinkin'." He ignored doctor's warnings about his weak heart and kept on playing until he was 39 - and died from a heart attack less than three years later.
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1964

Wally Grout

Wally Grout

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Jul 1961

Raman Subba Row is congratulated by Wally Grout on reaching his hundred, England v Australia, Edgbaston, 1961

Raman Subba Row is congratulated by Wally Grout

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