Ian Meckiff      

Full name Ian Meckiff

Born January 6, 1935, Mentone, Victoria

Current age 81 years 340 days

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast

Ian Meckiff
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 18 20 7 154 45* 11.84 0 0 0 9 0
First-class 74 89 20 778 55 11.27 0 1 37 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 18 34 3734 1423 45 6/38 9/107 31.62 2.28 82.9 1 2 0
First-class 74 16399 6282 269 6/29 23.35 2.29 60.9 12 1
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 23-28, 1957 scorecard
Last Test Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Dec 6-11, 1963 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1956/57 - 1963/64
Profile

From a casual saunter of 16 paces, and with a left arm disconcertingly bent, Ian Meckiff bowled at great speed and amid unending controversy for almost eight first-class seasons, until umpire Colin Egar abruptly concluded his career at Brisbane in November 1963 during the first Test against South Africa by calling him for throwing four times in his only over. Supporters found the end sickening, critics considered justice finally done; Meckiff's action had been an object of odium since the 1958-59 Ashes series, when his 6 for 38 in the second Test at Melbourne had included Peter May, Colin Cowdrey and Tom Graveney. A tailender with a golfer's swing, his image is part of one of cricket's most famous tableaux: it is his bat groping for the line in Ron Lovitt's great photograph of the climax of the first tied Test, between Australia and West Indies at Brisbane in December 1960.
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2014

Ian Meckiff poses next to the picture of the tied Test at home, Melbourne

Ian Meckiff poses next to the picture of the tied Test at home

© Brydon Coverdale

Nov 20, 2000

Joe Solomon, Ian Meckiff, Lindsay Kline and Wes Hall (from left) at the 40-year reunion of the participants in the first tied Test, Brisbane, November 20, 2000

Joe Solomon, Ian Meckiff, Lindsay Kline and Wes Hall at the 40-year reunion of the participants in the first tied Test

© Getty Images

Nov 20, 2000

The final four protagonists of the tied Test: Australia's Ian Meckiff and Lindsay Kline with West Indies' Wes Hall and Joe Solomon at the 40-year reunion, Brisbane, November 20, 2000

The final four protagonists of the tied Test: Australia's Ian Meckiff and Lindsay Kline with West Indies' Wes Hall and Joe Solomon at the 40-year reunion

© Getty Images

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