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Bob Simpson
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Bob Simpson

Australia
Bob Simpson

INTL CAREER: 1957 - 1997

Full Name

Robert Baddeley Simpson

Born

February 03, 1936, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales

Age

85y 75d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak googly

relations

(son-in-law),

(grandson)

Other

Referee

TEAMS

A key figure in Australian cricket for more than four decades, as cricketer, captain, coach and commentator, Bob Simpson first toured with Australia in 1957-58 as an allrounder, bowling legbreaks and fielding infallibly at slip. He subsequently became a first-rate opening batsman, although it wasn't until his 30th Test, by which time he had succeeded to the captaincy, that he first posted a Test hundred. He made this breakthrough innings at Old Trafford count, by turning it into 311 in almost 13 hours. In all he made 1381 Test runs in 1964, a record at the time. Hard-bitten and immensely dedicated, he steadily rationalised his repertoire of strokes, eschewing the hook, but excelling as an acquirer of singles; Australia has had no more productive an opening pairing than Simpson and Bill Lawry. With the advent of World Series Cricket in April 1977, Simmo emerged from retirement at 41 to lead Australia again, against India, where his old powers against spin were evident, and West Indies, whose fast bowlers proved more taxing: his captaincy record, ultimately, was rather modest. When Australia went looking for a fulltime coach in the mid-1980s, he was again the Board's choice, and gave Allan Border's team a taste of the discipline to which he had always submitted himself as a player. A martinet where fitness, fielding and batting technique were concerned, he held the job for a controversial but successful decade, during which time the team won the World Cup and regained both the Ashes and the Frank Worrell Trophy. He also had stints in county cricket, coaching Leicestershire and Lancashire.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test621117486931146.81102721100
ODI220362318.005367.92003140
FC257436622102935956.22601003830
List A5511353733.750040
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test628468813001715/578/9742.2696.90320
ODI221029522/302/3047.505.5851.00000
FC25727998132883495/3338.0780.2060
List A516613442/302/3033.504.8441.50000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatReferee
Test33
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Debut/Last Matches

Photos


World-Cup winning coach Bob Simpson at the Allan Border medal night
Bob Simpson at the ICC's Hall of Fame Induction
Debbie Hockley and Bob Simpson at the ICC's Hall of Fame Induction
Bob Simpson
Bobby Simpson coaching Lancashire
Bobby Simpson the Lancashire Coach