Full name Graeme Malcolm Wood
Born November 6, 1956, East Fremantle, Western Australia
Current age 60 years 258 days
Major teams Australia, Western Australia
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||Australia v India at Adelaide, Jan 28-Feb 3, 1978 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Dec 24-29, 1988 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v Australia at St John's, Feb 22, 1978 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Jan 14, 1989 scorecard|
|First-class span||1976/77 - 1991/92|
|List A span||1977/78 - 1991/92|
Graeme Wood was an opening batsman who saw off a difficult time in Australian cricket to become one of its mainstay players in the early 1980s. Wood had a rapid rise to the international ranks, making his Test debut against India as a 21-year-old in 1978 after several of Australia's leading players defected to World Series Cricket. He rewarded selectors later that year on a torrid tour of the West Indies, scoring a debut century and four half-centuries to top the Test series run aggregates (474 runs at 47.40). Other Test highlights included a century in the 1980 Centenary Test against England at Lord's; and 111 to set up victory in the low-scoring First Test against New Zealand in Brisbane in 1980-81. He also had a fine 1981-82 season. Wood regularly opened for Australia until the end of the 1985 Ashes tour. He played his last Tests against Pakistan and the West Indies in 1988-89, when recalled as a middle-order batsman. His nine Test centuries was a West Australian record jointly held with Kim Hughes and only passed in 2001-02 by Justin Langer. He went on to work for Foster's for 18 years, some of those as state manager and then at national level. But he returned to a full-time role in cricket when in February 2007 he became the WACA chief executive, having sat on their selection panel for several years.
Anthony Fallick February 2007
Is the Universe Boss ready to hang up his boots? Not quite - poor year or not
Also, what is the record for the number of sixes hit in a T20 match?