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Ray Lindwall

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
Australia
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test | -
Home country:
Australia
Born:
October 03, 1921, Mascot, Sydney

Profile

Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller formed the new ball bowling pair during the great era of ‘The Invincibles’. In fact, Lindwall was one of the reasons, why Australia could run through sides, his 228 Test wickets going for just 23 a scalp.

Lindwall grew as a cricketer under the close auspices of Bill O’Reilly, who became his mentor. By 1946 he was picked up for the series against New Zealand and then became a part of ‘The Invincibles’ in 1948. His forte was his accuracy and late swing, something that he used to outwit the batsman even late in the day. He was regarded by many of the experts like Richie Benaud as the best fast bowlers they had ever seen. As a part of a youth policy by the Aussie selectors, he was dropped in 1957, but made a comeback to the team, at 38. Pakistan was Lindwall’s only Achilles Heel and his averaged more than 40 against them with the ball. Lindwall was never made a regular captain, though as a vice captain, he had the opportunity of leading the Aussie side once, when the original captain, Ian Johnson got injured.

Lindwall remained attached with Aussie cricket after retirement, first coaching and guiding Dennis Lillee, and then becoming the National Cricket Selector. He also wrote two books, ‘The Flying Stumps’ and ‘The Challenging Tests’. Lindwall expired in 1996, at the age of 74.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 61 84 1502 13 21.15 - 2 5 118
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 61 113 13650 5251 228 7/38 / 23.03 2.30 8 12 0 3
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 26 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 2 0 0 0 2 0

Career

Span:
Test:
1946-1960
Test
Debut:
Australia Vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Mar 29, 1946
Last played:
Australia Vs India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Jan 23, 1960
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