Decade Review 2009

Bob Simpson      

Full name Robert Baddeley Simpson

Born February 3, 1936, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales

Current age 78 years 199 days

Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Other Referee

Relation Son-in-law - AMJ Hilditch, Grandson - JR Hilditch

Robert Baddeley Simpson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 62 111 7 4869 311 46.81 10 27 2 110 0
ODIs 2 2 0 36 23 18.00 53 67.92 0 0 3 1 4 0
First-class 257 436 62 21029 359 56.22 60 100 383 0
List A 5 5 1 135 37 33.75 0 0 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 62 84 6881 3001 71 5/57 8/97 42.26 2.61 96.9 3 2 0
ODIs 2 2 102 95 2 2/30 2/30 47.50 5.58 51.0 0 0 0
First-class 257 27998 13288 349 5/33 38.07 2.84 80.2 6 0
List A 5 166 134 4 2/30 2/30 33.50 4.84 41.5 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 23-28, 1957 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v Australia at Kingston, Apr 28-May 3, 1978 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v Australia at St John's, Feb 22, 1978 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v Australia at Castries, Apr 12, 1978 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1952-1978
List A span 1964-1978
ICC match referee statistics
Test debut India v Sri Lanka at Mohali, Nov 19-23, 1997 scorecard
Last Test India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Dec 3-7, 1997 scorecard
Test matches 3
Test statistics

A key figure in Australian cricket for more than four decades, as cricketer, captain, coach and commentator, Bob Simpson first toured with Australia in 1957-58 as an allrounder, bowling legbreaks and fielding infallibly at slip. He subsequently became a first-rate opening batsman, although it wasn't until his 30th Test, by which time he had succeeded to the captaincy, that he first posted a Test hundred. He made this breakthrough innings at Old Trafford count, by turning it into 311 in almost 13 hours. In all he made 1381 Test runs in 1964, a record at the time. Hard-bitten and immensely dedicated, he steadily rationalised his repertoire of strokes, eschewing the hook, but excelling as an acquirer of singles; Australia has had no more productive an opening pairing than Simpson and Bill Lawry. With the advent of World Series Cricket in April 1977, Simmo emerged from retirement at 41 to lead Australia again, against India, where his old powers against spin were evident, and West Indies, whose fast bowlers proved more taxing: his captaincy record, ultimately, was rather modest. When Australia went looking for a fulltime coach in the mid-1980s, he was again the Board's choice, and gave Allan Border's team a taste of the discipline to which he had always submitted himself as a player. A martinet where fitness, fielding and batting technique were concerned, he held the job for a controversial but successful decade, during which time the team won the World Cup and regained both the Ashes and the Frank Worrell Trophy. He also had stints in county cricket, coaching Leicestershire and Lancashire.
Gideon Haigh

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Jan 2, 2014

Bob Simpson at the ICC's Hall of Fame Induction, Sydney, January 2, 2014

Bob Simpson at the ICC's Hall of Fame Induction

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Jan 2, 2014

Debbie Hockley and Bob Simpson at the ICC's Hall of Fame Induction, Sydney, January 2, 2014

Debbie Hockley and Bob Simpson at the ICC's Hall of Fame Induction

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Feb 17, 2004

Bob Simpson

Bob Simpson

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