David Boon

Australia|Top order Batter
David Boon
INTL CAREER: 1984 - 1996
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Full Name

David Clarence Boon

Born

December 29, 1960, Launceston, Tasmania

Age

61y 279d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Top order Batter

Other

Referee, Selector

Possibly Tasmania's all-time favourite cricketing son, David Boon was a pugnacious right-hand batter who served his state and country with enormous distinction. He was not always the most stylish player, but he more than compensated for what he lacked in fluency with his ardour for occupying the crease and accumulating runs when they were most needed.

As an 18-year-old, Boon played a starring role in Tasmania's history-making Gillette Cup win in 1978-79, the state's first interstate one-day title, and he never really looked back over the course of an elite-level career which spanned 17 years. Among many highlights were his roles in four Ashes series wins, particularly the 1989 one, and his honour in hitting the series-winning runs; his flawless unbeaten 184 in the Bicentenary Test of 1988; and his Man-of-the-Match-winning effort in the 1987 World Cup final.

Predominantly a No. 3, Boon's durability was a vital ingredient in Australia's resurgence as a cricketing power in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His courage was often at the core of Australian performances and it was common to see his belligerent square-cutting, driving and pulling upsetting the rhythm of even the finest bowlers.

Aside from a range of triumphs with Australia during 107 Tests and 181 ODIs, Boon also led Durham in the English County Championship between 1997 and 1999, guiding the side to its best finish in the last of these three years. He was also appointed to the post of Tasmania captain at different ends of his career and was at the helm when his state enjoyed a fruitful first-class season in 1997-98.

After retiring from all cricket following the completion of the 1999 county programme, Boon accepted a position in marketing with the Tasmanian Cricket Association in Hobart, and in 2000 he replaced Geoff Marsh, his friend and former opening partner, as an Australia selector. In 2011 he stepped down from the selection panel to start a new career as an ICC match referee. Boon's legend also lives on at the NTCA ground in his home city of Launceston, where a major stand has been named after him. In 2015, Bellerive Oval in Hobart renamed its Southern Stand in his honour.

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test10719020742220043.651811640.9621328222990
ODI18117716596412237.04915765.1353749416450
FC350585532341322744.00681142830
List A313303301023617237.49968820
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test107336140---2.33-000
ODI181782860---6.29-000
FC3501153696142/1849.713.6282.300
List A31328026642/442/4466.505.7070.0000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatReferee
Test6767
ODI155155
T20I8383
WT20I77
T202020
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Photos
David Boon arrives at the state memorial for Shane Warne
Joe Root and Pat Cummins wait for the coin to drop at the toss
David Boon on the outfield before play
Dasun Shanaka speaks to Ian Bishop at the toss as Kieron Pollard and David Boon look on
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli at the toss with match referee David Boon
Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat in a must-win match