Full name Graham Douglas McKenzie
Born June 24, 1941, Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia
Current age 74 years 37 days
Major teams Australia, Leicestershire, Western Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 22-26, 1961 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 9-14, 1971 scorecard|
|Only ODI||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard|
|First-class span||1959/60 - 1975|
|List A span||1964 - 1979/80|
Graham McKenzie's easy approach and well-oiled action were deceptive: he hit the pitch, the bat, and sometimes batsmen very hard indeed. Picked on his first Ashes tour as a teenager in 1961, he impressed at once with his pace and poise; nothing seemed to ruffle him, although when stirred he possessed a wicked bouncer. By the age of 23, he had 100 Test wickets; by the age of 27y 200 - this despite a general lack of support and an era of benign pitches. Overwork, however, finally took its toll, and he renounced Test cricket - only two wickets short of the Australian wicket record then held by Richie Benaud - in favour of county cricket with Leicestershire. In 1975, his last year at Grace Road, they won the Championship for the first time.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1965
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