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Tom Brooks      

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

Other Umpire

Thomas Francis Brooks
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 16 22 10 192 26* 16.00 0 0 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 16 1463 65 6/54 22.50 3 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1946/47 - 1952/53
Umpiring statistics
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
Test matches 23
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 1, 1975 scorecard
ODI matches 2
ODI statistics

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.
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Dec 1978

Tom Brooks gives Graeme Wood lbw to John Lever, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Perth, December 1978

Tom Brooks gives Graeme Wood lbw to John Lever

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Dec 1978

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