Full name Thomas Francis Brooks
Born March 28, 1919, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Died July 16, 2007 (aged 88 years 110 days)
Major teams New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|First-class span||1946/47 - 1952/53|
|Test debut||Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 27-Dec 2, 1970 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Perth, Dec 15-20, 1978 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 1, 1975 scorecard|
Tom Brooks was a right-arm fast bowler who played 16 matches for New South Wales immediately after the war - he was described by Jack Pollard as "a spirited bowler who moved the ball appreciably in the air."
He did not start his first-class umpiring career until relatively late - he was 48 - but within three years he had made his Test debut, standing in all but one of the Ashes Tests in 1970-71. When the Melbourne Test in that series wash washed out, the first-ever ODI was hastily arranged, and Brooks created a little piece of history when he stood with Lou Rowan. That series ended with the infamous Illingworth walk-off after Rowan had warned John Snow for intimidatory bowling.
Brooks stood in all six Ashes Tests in 1974-75, and the Centenary Test in 1977, but he rather drifted off the international scene and ended his career when he retired immediately after officiating in the 1978-79 Ashes Test at Perth. He told the media that his mind and body were no longer co-ordinating. "In other words," The Cricketer observed, "his nerve had gone." His performance in that match had been poor.
In all, Brooks umpired 92 first-class matches, including a season in England in 1977. He had a reputation for being soft on short-pitched fast bowling, but until his final match, had been well respected. He was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his services to cricket in 1985.
Brooks passed away on July 16, 2007, after suffering from a short illness.
England will need at least one new face in the batting line-up for the third Test against South Africa after Gary Ballance suffered a broken finger
Some familiar quibbles and feature deficiencies aside, Cricket Captain remains cricket's foremost management and simulation game
India began their Women's World Cup campaign in Derby in style. On Saturday, they kept their tournament alive at the same venue with an even more heartening performance
Is the Universe Boss ready to hang up his boots? Not quite - poor year or not
He may have failed to reach the hundred that was his for the taking but there were shades of Hashim Amla's greatness on display at Trent Bridge
The side has had a few good wins during Trevor Bayliss' tenure, but the problems that harried the side when he took over, still remain, raising the possibility of a split coaching system
Also, what is the record for the number of sixes hit in a T20 match?
England's recklessness in the name of positivity is a sign that the art of batting in the longest format is no longer given due attention
It was always going to take at least two players to even come close to replicating what one of the great allrounders offered and at Trent Bridge that pair may have been found