Full name Gordon Frederick Rorke
Born June 27, 1938, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 78 years 33 days
Major teams Australia, New South Wales
Also known as Lothair
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 30-Feb 5, 1959 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Kanpur, Dec 19-24, 1959 scorecard|
|First-class span||1957/58 - 1963/64|
Gordon Rorke was a very tall (6' 5") blond, fast bowler whose career was dogged by controversy over `drag'. Exploiting the laws at the time, he dragged his back foot so successfully that he could deliver the ball with his front foot several feet over the bowling crease - Rorke's ability to do this led to a review of the no-ball laws. The drag, allied to his height and his genuine pace, made him a difficult bowler, and he played against England in 1958-59 with some success. He toured India in 1959-60 but struggled, losing two-and-a-half stone and returning home early. He never played for Australia again. In 1964, aged 25, he was struck down with hepatitis and his career was ended, although he continued to play grade cricket for Manley and Mosman until his mid thirties.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"