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Full name Graeme Robert Beard
Born August 19, 1950, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 64 years 122 days
Major teams Australia, New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Feb 27-Mar 2, 1980 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v Australia at Lahore, Mar 18-23, 1980 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Jan 31, 1981 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Feb 1, 1981 scorecard|
|List A span||1975-1982|
Graeme Beard was a real utility allrounder - a middle-order batsman who could bowl either medium-pace seamers or offspin - who was picked for Australia's tour of Pakistan in 1979-80 on the back of a good Sheffield Shield season. He played in all three Tests, taking one wicket and scoring 114 runs. In the third Test at Lahore he scored 39 and 49. He was a surprising choice for Australia's 1981 tour of England where he played little. He retired in 1982 to concentrate on his job with the Australian Workers' Union.
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test