John Inverarity      

Full name Robert John Inverarity

Born January 31, 1944, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Current age 76 years 305 days

Major teams Australia, South Australia, Western Australia

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Other Coach

Relation Father - M Inverarity

Robert John Inverarity
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 11 1 174 56 17.40 0 1 20 0 4 0
First-class 223 377 49 11777 187 35.90 26 60 251 0
List A 30 28 7 686 90 32.66 0 5 20 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 6 5 372 93 4 3/26 3/26 23.25 1.50 93.0 0 0 0
First-class 223 16840 6780 221 7/86 30.67 2.41 76.1 7 0
List A 30 615 387 15 3/19 3/19 25.80 3.77 41.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 25-30, 1968 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 10-16, 1972 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1962/63 - 1984/85
List A span 1969/70 - 1984/85

Almost throughout his long career John Inverarity was a good batsman, but a great captain and theorist, and Australian Test history might be significantly different if Inverarity had been entrusted with the national captaincy during the World Series Cricket schism. Instead the armband passed from 40-year-old Bob Simpson to the rookie Graham Yallop. Mike Brearley's England slaughtered Yallop's lambs 5-1, and many international careers were ended before they should have begun. Yallop himself, a potentially great batsman, never quite recovered. Meanwhile Inverarity, instead of locking intellectual horns with Brearley, was quietly racking up runs and trophies for Western Australia - in five years as captain he won the Sheffield Shield four times. When schoolteaching took him from Perth to Adelaide he just kept on playing, being seen as something of a freak in Australian first-class cricket as he continued, grey-haired and ghostly, into his forties. South Australia duly won the Shield in 1981-82, with Inverarity contributing 348 runs and 30 wickets. By the time he finally retired, in 1985, he had crept past Don Bradman's Shield-record run-aggregate. A brief Test career was long over by then - six matches, the first in 1968 as an opening batsman (he was the last man winkled out by Derek Underwood in that year's Oval epic), and the last in 1972, by which time his slow left-arm bowling was being increasingly used. A couple of inspirational stints as Kent's coach briefly interrupted his career as a headmaster, and he resumed his coaching with Warwickshire in 2004. Inverarity's father was a first-class cricketer too, and his daughter Alison was an Olympic high-jumper.

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Feb 18, 2014

10 minutes to training: Darren Lehmann, with John Inverarity, signals to the team, Port Elizabeth, February 18, 2014

10 minutes to training: Darren Lehmann signals to the team

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Dec 23, 2013

John Inverarity and Darren Lehmann at an Australia training session, Melbourne, December 23, 2013

John Inverarity and Darren Lehmann at an Australia training session

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Nov 12, 2013

Michael Clarke and John Inverarity at the Ashes squad announcement at the National Cricket Centre, Brisbane, November 12, 2013

Michael Clarke and John Inverarity at the Ashes squad announcement

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