Full name John Alexander Maclean
Born April 27, 1946, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland
Current age 70 years 271 days
Major teams Australia, Queensland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Australia v England at Brisbane, Dec 1-6, 1978 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 6-11, 1979 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 13, 1979 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 24, 1979 scorecard|
|First-class span||1968/69 - 1978/79|
|List A span||1969/70 - 1978/79|
John McLean was a staunch servant of Queensland cricket, leading them with distinction for much of the 1970s. A sturdy but surprisingly agile wicketkeeper, and a limited, albeit solid, batsman, McLean was considered to be a close rival to Rod Marsh for the Australian No. 1 slot, touring New Zealand with Australia in 1969-70. But in 1978-79 he was drafted into an Australian side decimated by defections to World Series Cricket, even though he was past his best. His keeping was dependable, but his batting limitations were exposed by England's spinners.
Martin Williamson April 2004
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