Full name Ashley Alexander Mallett
Born July 13, 1945, Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 72 years 15 days
Major teams Australia, South Australia
Also known as Rowdy
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 22-27, 1968 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Lord's, Aug 28-Sep 2, 1980 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, Dec 20, 1975 scorecard|
|First-class span||1967/68 - 1980/81|
|List A span||1970/71 - 1980/81|
Quiet, gangling, short-sighted, Ashley Mallett looked like a book-keeper at a bikers' convention in the Australian XIs of the 1970s, but his teasing finger-spin and superlative gully fielding were an important element of their success. He moved from his native Perth to Adelaide in 1967 to partake of the wisdom of Clarrie Grimmett, made the first of three tours of England the following year, then found Indian conditions to his liking. No finger-spinner has done better in Australia than his Test-best 8 for 59 against Pakistan at Adelaide in December 1972. A journalist by trade, he wrote two volumes of reminiscences, and has published biographies of Victor Trumper and his paterfamilias Grimmett.
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