Full name Gregory Charles Dyer
Born March 16, 1959, Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 56 years 137 days
Major teams Australia, New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 12-16, 1986 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth, Feb 12-15, 1988 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Australia at Hyderabad (Deccan), Sep 24, 1986 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 4, 1988 scorecard|
|First-class span||1983/84 - 1988/89|
|List A span||1984/85 - 1987/88|
Greg Dyer had a short career, but his most famous moment was one of the greatest in Australian cricket. The catch he took off Mike Gatting's infamous reverse sweep during the 1987 World Cup final at Calcutta was the wicket that tilted the match towards Australia. He was part of the side still in the early stages of Allan Border's hard school revival of Australia's fortunes, and although their success of the nineties was still some way off, that World Cup victory was a starting point. He did not get the chance bat on his Test debut - against England at Adelaide in 1986-87 - and was then subsequently dropped for the remaining two Tests before coming back into the team the following Australian summer. Dyer also has a place in the controversial history of Trans-Tasman cricket, after claiming a catch off Andrew Jones, at Melbourne, that he clearly dropped. For his state, New South Wales, he was part of the side that won back-to-back Sheffield Shield titles between 1984 and 1986. But the emergence of Ian Healy meant his international career was destined to be brief and he retired from state cricket in 1988-89. Andrew McGlashan (March 2005)
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