Wayne Phillips

Australia|Wicketkeeper Batter
Wayne Phillips
INTL CAREER: 1982 - 1986
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Full Name

Wayne Bentley Phillips


March 01, 1958, Adelaide, South Australia


66y 48d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Fielding Position


Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter


Coach, Commentator

South Australia's Wayne Phillips was a rakishly built left handed batsman and wicketkeeper who represented both state and country over the course of a first class career that spanned the thirteen year period between the 1977-78 and 1990-91 seasons. Despite an unusual grip on the blade (one hand was placed close to the top of the handle and the other near to the bottom), Phillips was a natural strokemaker and one who was particularly confident when executing horizontal bat shots. It was this confidence - as well as a willingness to sacrifice himself for the good of his team - which was integral in his emergence as a successful opener for the Croweaters in the early 1980s and in his elevation to Test level at the start of the 1983-84 international season. Phillips enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top flight: his commanding 159 against Pakistan in Perth made him only the fourteenth Australian in Test history to compile a century on debut. But it was not long before the same sense of selflessness that had inspired his transformation from a middle order player into an opening batsman acted as a millstone around his neck. In mid-career, he was asked to become a wicketkeeper on the basis of his experience as a gloveman at underage and club level and as a response to the development of a gaping hole in the Australian team following Rod Marsh's departure. While the move was not without some short-term benefits - his sound wicketkeeping skills and a courageous second Test century on tour in the Caribbean in 1984 encouraged hopes of a long and fruitful stint in the role - it effectively spelled the beginning of the end for his international ambitions. His productivity with the bat waned so steadily thereafter that his Test and ODI careers were both over within a mere three years. He subsequently remained a key player in the South Australian team for a number of seasons but his career never again touched the same heights as it had done previously. Ultimately, Phillips became involved in full-time coaching work at the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide, a role in which he still functions today. He can also occasionally be heard as a television commentator on the Nine Network.
John Polack

Wayne Phillips Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

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Wayne Phillips - Portrait April 2002

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Wayne Phillips - Portrait April 2002
Indian recipients of the Border-Gavaskar scholarships - SS Das, Sridharan Sriram and Mohammad Kaif - pose with Michael Clarke, Greg Blewett and Wayne Phillips
Wayne Phillips in the field
Wayne Phillips is caught by David Gower
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