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Don Tallon      

Full name Donald Tallon

Born February 17, 1916, Bundaberg, Queensland

Died September 7, 1984, Bundaberg, Queensland (aged 68 years 203 days)

Major teams Australia, Queensland

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Relation Brother - LWT Tallon, Nephew - RM Tallon

Donald Tallon
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 21 26 3 394 92 17.13 0 2 0 50 8
First-class 150 228 21 6034 193 29.14 9 27 302 131
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 21 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 150 315 202 0 - - - 3.84 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Mar 29-30, 1946 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 11-16, 1953 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1933-1954
Profile

Although he was 30 by the time he was favoured with his first Test cap, fully 13 years after his debut for Queensland, most of Don Tallon's generation brook no argument that he was Australia's finest wicketkeeper. Alert, agile and sure-handed, his stumpings were subtle, almost surgical, seldom involving the removal of more than one bail. As a batsman, too, his instincts were attacking: his highest Test score, 92 against England in January 1947, took only 87 minutes; his best first-class score of 146 not out included a last-wicket partnership of 100 in an hour, to which Geff Noblet contributed 9. Tallon's career was shortened by age and ill-health, but few cricketers create such a retrospective consensus.
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Dec 4, 1946

Don Tallon takes a catch to dismiss Doug Wright off the bowling of Ernie Toshack, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day, December 4, 1946

Don Tallon takes a catch to dismiss Doug Wright off the bowling of Ernie Toshack

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Mar 29, 1946

Keith Miller displays great agility to catch Walter Hadlee at leg slip, watched by Sid Barnes, Ian Johnson and wicketkeeper Don Tallon. Note the list of the fielding side on the scoreboard. A bulb would light up when the player fielded the ball, New Zealand v Australia, Wellington, March 29, 1946

Keith Miller displays great agility to catch Walter Hadlee at leg slip

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Mar 15, 1946

The Australians in New Zealand, 1946. Standing: W. Watts (scorer), D. Tallon, K.R. Miller, W.J. O'Reilly, E.R.H. Toshack, B. Dooland, R.A. Hamence, E.C. Yeomans (manager). Seated: I.W. Johnson, C.V. McCool, A.L. Hassett, W.A. Brown (captain), S.G. Barnes, K.D. Meuleman, R.R. Lindwall. Note the logos on the blazers

The Australians in New Zealand, 1946

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1949

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