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Leo O'Brien
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Leo O'Brien

Australia
Leo O'Brien

INTL CAREER: 1932 - 1936

Full Name

Leo Patrick Joseph O'Brien

Born

July 02, 1907, West Melbourne, Victoria

Died

March 13, 1997, Mentone, Victoria, (aged 89y 254d)

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Education

St Patrick's Ballarat; Xavier College, Melbourne

TEAMS

Leo O'Brien was the oldest Australian Test cricketer, and his death left Sir Donald Bradman as the sole survivor from either side of the Bodyline series. He played for Australia only five times, but these included the Second and Fifth Tests of 1932-33, and he was at the other end when MCC were playing an Australian XI at Melbourne earlier in the tour and he saw five fielders going on to the leg side for Woodfull. "It's the right-hander down that end," he reputedly told the fielders, trying to be helpful. "I'm the left-hander." He made a determined 46 that day, and was picked for the Melbourne Test. He made 10 and 11 in Australia's only victory, but came back in the last Test at Sydney to make 61. O'Brien was not picked to tour England in 1934, but went to South Africa in 1935-36 and scored 59 and 48 in his two Tests, which were both won by an innings. His final appearance was against England at Sydney the following season, when he scored 0 and 17; he had gone by the next game when Australia began to turn the series round. He was a left-handed bat of the most determined sort, who played for the Melbourne club Richmond before making his debut for Victoria in 1929-30. O'Brien was also a first-rate baseball player, and an amateur boxer who won every fight except his last. Later, he worked for the tax department, coached in Asia and bred racehorses as a hobby. He was a friendly man and sociable cricketer, who kept playing into his seventies, and for more than fifty years of his life played at least one match a year on the MCG.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test5802116126.3702030
FC61977330317336.70716240
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test5------------
FC6116612731/342.3355.3000
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