Full name Gavin Ron Robertson
Born May 28, 1966, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 50 years 63 days
Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v Australia at Chennai, Mar 6-10, 1998 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Oct 22-26, 1998 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (PSS), Sep 13, 1994 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Sharjah, Apr 21, 1998 scorecard|
|First-class span||1987/88 - 1999/00|
|List A span||1987/88 - 1999/00|
The term "roller-coaster career" would probably rarely be more applicable to
a player in first-class cricket than Sydney-born offspinner Gavin Robertson. After initially fighting a losing campaign to gain full recognition from the New South Wales selectors, Robertson's career essentially took off in Tasmania, to where he relocated at the start of the 1989-90 season. It was there that he established for himself his reputation as an accurate finger-spinner with a penchant for bowling tightly over sustained periods. On Tasmania's generally batsman-friendly pitches, he never produced quite the rush of wickets for which he was truly hoping; what such surfaces did afford him the chance to do though was emphasise his determination and his complementary talents as a fine lower-order batsman. Following a return to New South Wales in 1991-92, the regular berth in the Blues' squad which had previously eluded him did ultimately beckon. This brought with it a string of further rewards for a time, including an appearance in two Mercantile Mutual Cup-winning sides and one triumphant Sheffield Shield team. It even resulted in call-ups to the national team for four Tests and a string of one-day international tournaments during the late 1990s. But, although his offspinning skills reflected incremental improvement, he continued to wage a tough battle to retain his spot in his state's first eleven for much of the period. All the while, a burgeoning career in the Sydney sporting media illustrated signs of filling the breach.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"