Ian Meckiff

Ian Meckiff

Ian Meckiff

INTL CAREER: 1957 - 1963

Full Name

Ian Meckiff


January 06, 1935, Mentone, Victoria


86y 336d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm fast


From a casual saunter of 16 paces, and with a left arm disconcertingly bent, Ian Meckiff bowled at great speed and amid unending controversy for almost eight first-class seasons, until umpire Colin Egar abruptly concluded his career at Brisbane in November 1963 during the first Test against South Africa by calling him for throwing four times in his only over. Supporters found the end sickening, critics considered justice finally done; Meckiff's action had been an object of odium since the 1958-59 Ashes series, when his 6 for 38 in the second Test at Melbourne had included Peter May, Colin Cowdrey and Tom Graveney. A tailender with a golfer's swing, his image is part of one of cricket's most famous tableaux: it is his bat groping for the line in Ron Lovitt's great photograph of the climax of the first tied Test, between Australia and West Indies at Brisbane in December 1960.
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Debut/Last Matches - Player


Ian Meckiff poses next to the picture of the tied Test at home
The final four protagonists of the tied Test: Australia's Ian Meckiff and Lindsay Kline with West Indies' Wes Hall and Joe Solomon at the 40-year reunion
Joe Solomon, Ian Meckiff, Lindsay Kline and Wes Hall at the 40-year reunion of the participants in the first tied Test
Ian Meckiff's bowling action
Ian Meckiff (left) confers with umpire Colin Egar in the pavilion at Brisbane.  Egar had no-balled him four times for throwing in his first - and only - over
A dejected Ian Meckiff walks along the pitch after being no-balled thrice in the over