Picture of Jeff Thomson

Jeff Thomson

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
Roles played:
Home country:
August 16, 1950, Greenacre, Sydney


Jeff Thomson once claimed that he liked to see blood on the field. This was a comment that stayed with him through the rest of his career; not that it bothered him too much, what counted for him was that he needed to bowl quick, and quick he did. With a slinging action and speeds touching almost 100 miles an hour, he was anything but easy to face. Batsmen world over shuddered at the prospects of having to face the duo of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson at their peak and this is where Thomson picked up wickets at will. Thomson even claimed once that had his bowling speeds being measured from his hand than when it reached the batsman’s end, he would have clocked 180 km/hr!

Thomson finished with 200 Test wickets at a reasonable average of 28 in just 51 Tests; unfortunately this kind of pace is difficult to sustain, so injuries took over him, reduced his speed and in the end, forced Thomson to retire early from international cricket.

In the interim, for starters, he did not join the Kerry Packer circus, instead played on for the Aussie team. However, later he did play in five of the Super Tests, as a part of the treaty between ACB and Kerry Packer. Post retirement, Jeff Thomson became a cricket commentator for many a sports channels.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 51 73 679 20 12.81 - 0 0 49
ODI 50 30 181 6 7.54 64.64 0 0 21
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 51 90 10535 5601 200 6/46 / 28.00 3.18 16 8 0 37
ODI 50 50 2696 1942 55 4/67 / 35.30 4.32 1 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 20 0 0
ODI 9 0 0


Australia Vs Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Dec 29, 1972
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Edgbaston, Birmingham - Aug 15, 1985
Australia Vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Jan 01, 1975
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Lord's, London - Jun 03, 1985