Jeff Thomson

Jeff Thomson
INTL CAREER: 1972 - 1985
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Full Name

Jeffrey Robert Thomson


August 16, 1950, Greenacre, Sydney, New South Wales


73y 110d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast

Playing Role





Jeff Thomson was one of the fastest bowlers to have played Test cricket. With an unusual slinging action, and an aggressive approach, he was a fearsome sight to batsmen. He debuted against Pakistan in 1972-73, but hampered by a broken bone in his foot (which he hid from the selectors) was ineffective. Recalled in 1974-5, and forming a partnership with Dennis Lillee, he terrorised the England tourists with consistent spells of extreme fast bowling, taking 33 wickets in the series. His action put considerable stress on his body, particularly his right shoulder, and he was rarely fit enough to reach those peaks again. He adapted his methods, relying less on pure pace, and more on an excellent cutter, and seam and swing. He was always capable of unleashing a very fast bouncer that would skid and follow the batsman from only just short of a length. He remained with the Australian side when many left to join the Packer circus in 1977, and carried their attack through two series against England and India, but left to join WSC shortly afterwards. A capable fielder, and a lower order batsman who could hit, he was frequently heard on radio commentary during the 1997 Ashes series.
Dave Liverman

Wisden overview
Jeff Thomson's run to the wicket was undertaken at the pace of man jogging around the block, but his action was one of cricket's most explosive; tilting back in the style of a javelin thrower, he catapulted the ball at speeds seldom, if ever, attained since. He was also naturally fit, and as much a threat with old ball as new. Too hot for England in 1974-75 and West Indies the following season, a shoulder injury sustained in an on-field collision at Adelaide in November 1976 restricted him thereafter. But his psychological presence remained valuable, and he reached 200 Test wickets on his last Ashes tour in 1985. Lillee and Thomson remain a combination to conjure with, as sinister in England as Burke and Hare, or Bismarck and Tirpitz.
Gideon Haigh

Jeff Thomson Career Stats


List A88-452931031077/227/2229.004.1142.3210

Batting & Fielding

List A884910280217.17--00--190
Jeffrey Robert Thomson

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Photos of Jeff Thomson

Jeff Thomson with his family at the Allan Border medal ceremony
Jeff Thomson was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border medals night
Jeff Thomson informal portrait
Jeff Thomson, still with that wonderful action
Jeff Thomson portrait
Jeff Thomson with Brian Lara