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Full name James Donald Higgs
Born July 11, 1950, Kyabram, Victoria
Current age 64 years 42 days
Major teams Australia, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||West Indies v Australia at Port of Spain, Mar 3-5, 1978 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v India at Melbourne, Feb 7-11, 1981 scorecard|
|List A span||1971-1982|
With plenty of what Shane Warne calls "rip", and a good wrong'un, Jim Higgs was Australia's best legspinner between Richie Benaud and Warne. His misfortune was to play at a time when wrist-spin was nearly extinct, thought to be the preserve only of the eccentric and the profligate, and so to find selectors and captains with little empathy with his guiles. He was chiefly and unfairly known in his time for having been bowled by the only ball he faced on the 1975 tour of England. He did bowl Victoria to a Sheffield Shield, later became a Test selector, and also taught the young Warne how to bowl a flipper.
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