Gordon Rorke      

Full name Gordon Frederick Rorke

Born June 27, 1938, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales

Current age 76 years 82 days

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Also known as Lothair

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Gordon Frederick Rorke
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 4 4 2 9 7 4.50 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 36 35 12 248 35 10.78 0 0 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 7 703 203 10 3/23 5/101 20.30 1.73 70.3 0 0 0
First-class 36 5742 2165 88 6/52 24.60 2.26 65.2 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 30-Feb 5, 1959 scorecard
Last Test India v Australia at Kanpur, Dec 19-24, 1959 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1957-1964
Profile

Gordon Rorke was a very tall (6' 5") blond, fast bowler whose career was dogged by controversy over `drag'. Exploiting the laws at the time, he dragged his back foot so successfully that he could deliver the ball with his front foot several feet over the bowling crease - Rorke's ability to do this led to a review of the no-ball laws. The drag, allied to his height and his genuine pace, made him a difficult bowler, and he played against England in 1958-59 with some success. He toured India in 1959-60 but struggled, losing two-and-a-half stone and returning home early. He never played for Australia again. In 1964, aged 25, he was struck down with hepatitis and his career was ended, although he continued to play grade cricket for Manley and Mosman until his mid thirties.
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Aug 7, 2007

Painting of Gordon Rorke's bowling action, Oval tube station, London, August 7, 2007

Painting of Gordon Rorke's bowling action

© Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

1966

Gordon Rorke

Gordon Rorke

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Tour Results
West Indies v Pakistan at Kingstown - Jul 28, 2013
Pakistan won by 11 runs
West Indies v Pakistan at Kingstown - Jul 27, 2013
Pakistan won by 2 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
West Indies v Pakistan at Gros Islet - Jul 24, 2013
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
West Indies v Pakistan at Gros Islet - Jul 21, 2013
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining) (D/L method)
West Indies v Pakistan at Gros Islet - Jul 19, 2013
Match tied
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