Full name John William Gleeson
Born March 14, 1938, Kyogle, New South Wales
Died October 8, 2016, Tamworth, New South Wales (aged 78 years 208 days)
Major teams Australia, Eastern Province, New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 23-28, 1967 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 13-18, 1972 scorecard|
|First-class span||1966/67 - 1974/75|
|List A span||1970/71 - 1973/74|
Australian spinner John Gleeson captured the hearts of cricket romantics everywhere as he bamboozled batsmen with his odd grip, borrowed from another mystery spinner, Jack Iverson. But his opponents soon found out that, as with most magic tricks, there was nothing untoward going on behind the scenes. As a result, Gleeson cut a fairly impotent figure at Test level - he had a strike rate of a wicket every 95 balls - although he did take five-fors in successive Tests against West Indies in 1968-69.
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
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This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
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