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Full name Gilbert William Hardcastle
Born February 26, 1910, Brisbane, Queensland
Died February 14, 2000, Currimundi, Queensland (aged 89 years 353 days)
Major teams Queensland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Gil Hardcastle made just one appearance in first class cricket, representing his native state of Queensland in their match against the touring MCC team at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in December 1935. In this match he scored one run in each Queensland innings and captured one wicket at a cost of 51 runs from thirteen overs delivered in the only innings of the tourists.
Before making his first class debut Gil twice represented Queensland Colts in the annual match against New South Wales Colts, both times in Sydney. In 1933-34, the first occasion Queensland gained victory in this long series of matches he scored but one run and failed to capture a wicket in the two New South Wales innings. In 1935-36 he captured six for 140 from 29 overs and one for 60 from sixteen overs, New South Wales on this occasion winning by seven wickets. With the bat he recorded scores of 12 and 5. (Warwick Torrens, February 2000)
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?