Full name Graeme Robert Beard
Born August 19, 1950, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 64 years 348 days
Major teams Australia, New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Feb 27-Mar 2, 1980 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v Australia at Lahore, Mar 18-23, 1980 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Jan 31, 1981 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Feb 1, 1981 scorecard|
|First-class span||1975/76 - 1981/82|
|List A span||1975/76 - 1981/82|
Graeme Beard was a real utility allrounder - a middle-order batsman who could bowl either medium-pace seamers or offspin - who was picked for Australia's tour of Pakistan in 1979-80 on the back of a good Sheffield Shield season. He played in all three Tests, taking one wicket and scoring 114 runs. In the third Test at Lahore he scored 39 and 49. He was a surprising choice for Australia's 1981 tour of England where he played little. He retired in 1982 to concentrate on his job with the Australian Workers' Union.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?