Full name Bruce Malcolm Laird
Born November 21, 1950, Mount Lawley, Perth, Western Australia
Current age 65 years 81 days
Major teams Australia, Western Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||Australia v West Indies at Brisbane, Dec 1-5, 1979 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v Australia at Lahore, Oct 14-19, 1982 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Nov 27, 1979 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v Australia at Lahore, Oct 8, 1982 scorecard|
|First-class span||1972/73 - 1983/84|
|List A span||1974/75 - 1983/84|
Bruce Laird was "stumpy" by stature, nature and nickname. He was a brave and correct opener who, because of two years with World Series Cricket, did not make his Test debut until he was nearly 30. With West Indies in the prime of their ascendancy, and protective equipment still rudimentary, it was not a great time to be facing the new ball, but Laird distinguished himself with 92 in his first innings - as near as he would get to a century - and was Australia's most successful batsman in that 1979-80 series. Later, he played in the Centenary Test at Lord's.
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