Colin McCool      

Full name Colin Leslie McCool

Born December 9, 1916, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales

Died April 5, 1986, Concord, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 69 years 117 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Somerset

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Relation Son - RJ McCool

Colin Leslie McCool
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 14 17 4 459 104* 35.30 1 1 0 14 0
First-class 251 412 34 12421 172 32.85 18 66 263 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 14 20 2504 958 36 5/41 8/182 26.61 2.29 69.5 0 3 0
First-class 251 35227 16542 602 8/74 27.47 2.81 58.5 34 2
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Mar 29-30, 1946 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Mar 3-6, 1950 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1939/40 - 1960

Colin McCool was an outstanding all-round cricketer in Australia in the post-war years and, from 1956 to 1960, for Somerset. Short in stature but of strong build, he was as a right-handed batsman most adept square of the wicket, either with wristy cuts or vigorous hooks, and there were few better players of spin bowling on a difficult pitch. His own spin bowling, a clever mixture of leg-breaks and googlies, had lost something in accuracy by the time he played for Somerset, and English wickets did not always give him the bounce which encourages his type abroad, but in his expansively flighted deliveries and the mystery of the turn came a manifestation of an art that was to disappear from English grounds. He was also a fine slip fielder. Although he played seven times for his home state of New South Wales before war service with the RAAF, it was with Queensland that he caught the attention of the Australian selectors in 1945-46 with six for 36 against New South Wales, and seven for 106 and 172 as he "scattered the field by carefree batting" at Adelaide, and four for 102 and seven for 74 against the Australian Services. His 172 against South Australia remained the highest score of his career. Taken to New Zealand for the first-ever Test between the two countries, he scored 7 and, put on to bowl at the end, produced figures of 0.2-0-0-1 as Australia won by an innings and 103 runs. In 1946-47, after taking sixteen wickets against Hammond's MCC side before the first Test, he was especially successful in the series. At Brisbane, on the second evening, he attacked the subdued England bowling to reach 92 not out, but resuming after the rest day he added only 3 more runs before playing back to Wright and being lbw. At Sydney, he took eight wickets, including five for 109, and at Melbourne, hooking and driving with absolute confidence, he scored an unbeaten 104 after going in with Yardley on a hat-trick and Australia 188 for five. Five for 44 in the second innings of the final Test, again at Sydney, saw him finish the series with eighteen wickets at 27.27, Australia's leading wicket-taker with Lindwall, and he scored 272 runs with an average of 54.50.

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Apr 23, 2008

Colin McCool portrait

Colin McCool portrait

© Rick Smith Collection

Nov 22, 1946

Colin McCool turns one around the corner, Dennis Compton watches

Colin McCool turns one around the corner

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Mar 15, 1946

The Australians in New Zealand, 1946. Standing: W. Watts (scorer), D. Tallon, K.R. Miller, W.J. O'Reilly, E.R.H. Toshack, B. Dooland, R.A. Hamence, E.C. Yeomans (manager). Seated: I.W. Johnson, C.V. McCool, A.L. Hassett, W.A. Brown (captain), S.G. Barnes, K.D. Meuleman, R.R. Lindwall. Note the logos on the blazers

The Australians in New Zealand, 1946

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