Graeme Hole      

Full name Graeme Blake Hole

Born January 6, 1931, Concord West, Sydney, New South Wales

Died February 14, 1990, Kensington Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia (aged 59 years 39 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales, South Australia

Playing role Batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Education North Sydney Boys' High

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 18 33 2 789 66 25.45 0 6 0 21 0
First-class 98 166 12 5647 226 36.66 11 31 82 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 18 14 398 126 3 1/9 1/9 42.00 1.89 132.6 0 0 0
First-class 98 6327 2686 61 5/109 44.03 2.54 103.7 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 23-28, 1951 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1954 - Jan 5, 1955 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949/50 - 1957/58

Wisden Obituary
Graeme Hole played in 18 Tests for Australia from 1951 to 1955 and toured England under Lindsay Hassett in the summer of 1953. The verdict on his Test career must be that it was deeply disappointing both to the player and the selectors, who kept faith with him for as long as they reasonably could. When he was summoned to the colours against England in February 1951, he seemed to have everything in his favour, not least his personal charm, good looks and grace of movement. He batted stylishly, could bowl offbreaks, and fielded in any position. He seemed to possess all the qualities needed for the captaincy of Australia. Hole was nineteen and playing for the St. George club in Sydney grade cricket when, in 1949-50, he was picked to represent New South Wales against Victoria in what was in effect the Sheffield Shield final. He managed only 23 and 6 with the bat, but taking six for 61 in the match he helped his side win by 196 runs. It was a useful début. That winter, he moved to Adelaide and became an automatic choice for South Australia until he retired in 1957-58. In 1950-51 he made 478 runs in the Shield for an average of 39.83, and in the state's two matches against MCC he batted well, without scoring heavily. Chosen for the final Test at Melbourne, when Australia had already somewhat fortuitously built up a 4-0 lead in the rubber, he made 63 in the second innings but could do little more than delay England's first victory since 1938. He also helped to make it slightly less emphatic by bowling Hutton for 79. In 1951-52, however, he suffered a considerable setback, scoring only 190 runs in nine innings against West Indies. He achieved little of note, apart from 45 not out in the second innings at Brisbane, when he remained imperturbable in a crisis, and 62 at Sydney in the final game, and his form in the Sheffield Shield, until he made a fine century against Queensland, was moderate. Next season, when the South Africans tested Australia to the full, drawing the series 2-2, he disappointed once again, the highest of some useful scores being a stylish 59 in the Fourth Test at Adelaide. Outside the Tests he fared better against the South Africans, with a well-made 97 for an Australian XIat Sydney and 102 for South Australia in Adelaide at the end of the tour. In the Sheffield Shield, helped by not outs, he averaged more than 80, and South Australia were winners for the first time since the Bradman era.

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Nov 30, 1951

Ken Archer (left) and Graeme Hole walk out onto the field, Australia v West Indies, second Test, day one, Sydney, November 30, 1951

Ken Archer and Graeme Hole walk out onto the field

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