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Jeff Hammond

'WSC was the greatest thing that ever happened to cricket'

Jeff Hammond looks back at the late '70s, and playing in the West Indies on his only Test tour with Australia

Interview by Crispin Andrews |

Jeff Hammond (first from right):

Jeff Hammond (first from right): "Ross Edwards helped build team spirit. Keith Stackpole was always brilliant supporting Ian Chappell and helping develop harmony amongst the players" © Getty Images

There was no place for the individual in the Australian side. It was all about being a team.

When I came back from the 1973 tour to the West Indies, I could hardly walk for three months.

In the early seventies cricket was morphing into different entity. The players had the sense that something was changing.

Ian Chappell knew that we had to get more bums on seats. To do that, we needed to change the type of cricket we played, become more aggressive. The public wanted to see fast bowlers, and batsmen hitting the ball to the fence and over it.

I was going for a run through Queen's Park in Trinidad and I stopped to speak to some locals who were playing cricket. The next day, when the Test was on and I was fielding at fine leg, some of these same guys were in the crowd.

I'm an engineer by trade, but I don't really think that technology has done much to make the game better.

"You would be playing somewhere like Sabina Park and there was supposed to be 18,000 people there, but somehow they managed to get 30,000 in"

I've been retired now for six years. We live on a 45-foot yacht. Lived on it for four years. We're in Cairns at the moment - before that it was the Sunshine Coast. Next, we're going to head up to Airlie Beach.

Once, Dennis Lillee had Lawrence Rowe plumb lbw. It would have hit the middle of middle stump. The umpire, Douglas Sang Hue, deliberated for a while and then gave Rowe not out. It was the best decision ever given. Rowe was the local Jamaican hero. If he'd been given out, there would have been a riot.

In the early 1990s, coaching became a major factor in the international game. It was around then that coaches started making cutting-edge contributions to players' and teams' development.

Ian Chappell was the person who invented the modern game of cricket. His style was years ahead of his time.

I injured my back in the second Sheffield Shield game of the 1973-74 season, and never played for Australia again. I had a disc displacement injury. I had an operation. Two discs were fused together.

You would be playing somewhere like Sabina Park and there was supposed to be 18,000 people there, but somehow they managed to get 30,000 in.

In the 1990s, when I was coaching, the trend was towards tall fast bowlers. People like Bruce Reid, Andy Caddick and Jason Gillespie. Bowlers who were 6 foot 5 and over. I wouldn't pick the shorter guys. I was 6 foot 1 and, sometimes, by day four, when the wicket was flat, it was tough work for me. I was just cannon fodder for the batsman. And then you'd see the taller bowlers hammering away at a spot on the wicket. And on day five, they'd be lethal.

World Series Cricket was the greatest thing that ever happened to cricket. It took the game to a new dimension.

"Ian Chappell invented the modern game of cricket. His style was years ahead of his time" © Getty Images

Most of the pitches out in the West Indies took spin. They had Lance Gibbs, on around 300 Test wickets. They also had other spinners, like Inshan Ali and Elquemedo Willett. Our best spinner, Ashley Mallett, didn't go on the West Indies tour. So, on paper, Australia weren't a great chance out there. It was a great credit to Ian Chappell that he was able to motivate that side and get us to win the series two-nil.

For the 1972 Ashes tour, Australia made a conscious effort to break with the past. Rather than picking experienced players like Bill Lawry, Ian Redpath and Graham McKenzie, the selectors brought in younger players like Bruce Francis, David Colley, Bob Massie and myself. Ross Edwards played his first Test, too, aged 30.

I remember watching the Australian team sing the national anthem at the Adelaide Oval recently, and there were more support staff and hangers-on out there than cricketers. That can't be right.

My back injury only stopped me bowling fast - it didn't affect the rest of my life. I improved my batting in club cricket during my time out injured. Topped the district averages one year. Much to the surprise of many.

Max Walker was superb. He gave us wickets when we needed them.

Ross Edwards helped build team spirit. Keith Stackpole was always brilliant supporting Ian Chappell and helping develop harmony amongst the players.

Fusarium? Is that what they called it? Don't get me started on that.

We had great banter with the West Indian crowds. You would be fielding at fine leg and someone in the crowd would offer you a bottle of rum, or even sometimes their wife. Max Walker would be down there and he would pretend to drink the rum. The crowd would love it.

"I reckon I've lived in 16 different places, usually only for a year or two. Then you don't get caught in the culture of a place"

In the fourth Test, in Guyana [1972-73], everyone thought that we would be spun out on the fifth day, batting last. In the West Indies second innings, myself and Max Walker both took four wickets and bowled West Indies out for just over 100. If they were giving out Man-of-the-Match awards back then, I'd like to think I would have been given it.

Fast bowling has changed a lot over the years. You don't see bowlers drag their back foot anymore. Nor do they leap backwards in the delivery stride, like Rodney Hogg, for instance, used to do. Fast bowlers today tend to run through the crease as fast as they can.

We won the Sheffield Shield in 1970-71 and got paid just $365 per player. We were disgusted at how the South Australia cricket authorities treated us. Both Chappells were in that South Australian side. I got paid $1800 for three months in the West Indies, which was unbelievably poor. But we weren't there for the money, nor for exposure on television. We were there to play for the baggy green and each other.

Sailing from Sydney to Darwin, once, we got caught in two mini cyclones. That was pretty scary but we got through it.

The West Indies had this new fast bowler called Uton Dowe [in 1972-73]. He was supposed to be the fastest thing this side of Dennis Lillee, but when Keith Stackpole smashed him all over the place in his first spell, some of the crowd turned against him. It was all good-humoured stuff, though. One local comedian held up a banner that said, "This is the 11th commandment. Dowe shall not bowl."

After rest and rehab, and a year out, I managed to come back [from the back injury] and play a few games for South Australia, but I couldn't get my speed back to what it had been. I became more of a medium-paced swing bowler. Tried to model myself on Bob Massie, a bit.

"You would be fielding at fine leg and someone in the crowd would offer you a bottle of rum, or even sometimes their wife" © Associated Press

I love Paris and New York, and Istanbul gave me some fascinating first insights into Muslim culture. But I don't go on cruises for the places, more for the journey and meeting people. We've made 30 or 40 good friends who we see regularly.

We got along very well with the West Indies team. We went out for meals with them, sometimes stayed in the same hotels, even swum in the same swimming pool.

Barry Richards batted all day for 325 once. I'd never been so sick of seeing so many fours hit. And Barry was on my team. Dennis Lillee, Graham McKenzie, Tony Mann and Tony Lock were in that Western Australia side, all international bowlers. Barry made the game look like a mockery. Dennis Lillee took the second new ball, Barry let four go through to the keeper. And then the last two back over Lillee's head for four.

After World Series Cricket, Ian Chappell came back to South Australia. He called me and said, "Bomber, come and bat seven for us and bowl first change." Sometimes I even got to open, into the wind.

I was coach in 1995-56, when South Australia won its first Sheffield Shield for 14 years. There was a change in mentality in that team, from the recent past. We went from a medium-pace attack to a pace attack. Jason Gillespie, Shane George and Mark Harrity frightened people out at times.

The 1973 series was Australia's last Test win in the West Indies for over 20 years. We went through the whole of that West Indies tour undefeated.

I've never settled in one place. I enjoy the adventure of going from place to place, seeing new places and meeting new people. I reckon I've lived in 16 different places, usually only for a year or two. Then you don't get caught in the culture of a place.

 

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  • POSTED BY SG on | December 13, 2016, 15:20 GMT

    @JACK Believing everything that was said by people is as naive as it can get even if they are famous names. Anyone who has clocked enough time on this planet will know the hazards of this. As a simple example take for instance the statement in this article that Barry hit 2 fours over Lillee's head on the last 2 balls to finish the day. The footage clearly refutes it. There was only one four and it was an on-drive of a half volley without moving his feet. We don't need pristine Hi definition coverage to figure that out. Problem in your case seems to be that you dont want to accept it.

    And about real world experience .... as far as I know nobody even so much as buys a pen without checking it out. Thats just how the real world operates. So I cant possibly go back in time and watch the match personally at WACA. The next best thing is videos. Now unless you can point to a credible reason why I should not trust this footage there is nothing more to say on this. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY nyogws3548343 on | December 13, 2016, 9:37 GMT

    Honestly SG, your worldly cricket views formed by watching old fuzzy youtube videos expose your acquaintance with real world experience. Logically if we review your comments in relation to all the others here, you don't know what your are talking about.

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 12, 2016, 23:11 GMT

    (Contd) In the article it says the last 2 balls of the day were hit over Lillee's head for 4 by Barry. This is just a plain incorrect. The truth is one was fielded(deflected) by Lillee and the second was a juicy half volley on the pads that was driven between mid-on and bowler. Note the ZERO footwork on that drive (and many other shots in that clip) which is another aspect that modern players get criticized a lot for. So as you can see if we spend enough time doing deep scrutiny of past ERA players plenty of dirt can be dug up to make them look ordinary and very easily. Whereas the books sing a completely different tune. Classic revisionism at work.

    And God forbid if anyone makes these pointed observations ... the response is typically along the lines of "How dare you question XYZ" .... :)

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 12, 2016, 19:41 GMT

    @GEORGEGM I respect older ERA players too. But the constant ridiculing of modern players by older ERA players got me curious and decided to do some fact checking and hence my views. You say the footage shows only a small part of the inngs...Yes that is true however it does not imply that the rest of the match was played much differently. thats just simple logical deduction. The field settings for Barry are typically ODI type field settings (Which people laugh at here BTW) and the less said the better about the bowling speeds. Sorry but there is hardly anything to rave about here. You claim that the bowling attack was respectable. Again it just doesnt show! Lillee was a noname entity at that time and had yet to play a Test match. He also looks short on pace. And there are other clips on youtube of that ERA with nothing spectacular happening. This is why its hard to trust words from past ERA players. Too much of mutual admiration and Over the top embellishements (Contd).

  • POSTED BY George on | December 12, 2016, 11:45 GMT

    SG70 - The innings of Barry Richards at the WACA in 1970 was the best I have seen. I was at the ground for its entirety. He was 325 not out at stumps on the first day, and made over 350 in all. The WA attack was a young Dennis Lillee, Graham McKenzie, Ian Brayshaw, Tony Mann & Tony Lock - none of them mugs with the ball. He treated them all with utter disdain. The Youtube footage only shows a very small part of his innings.

    And I respect all great players, whether modern or older.

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 11, 2016, 8:22 GMT

    @Jack You say lot of things better today but still claim standard was better in 70s ? That doesnt compute. And most importantly why does this High standard of cricket look ordinary on youtube ? Without a logical answer to that question it is your opinion that is mostly hot air.

  • POSTED BY nyogws3548343 on | December 10, 2016, 22:32 GMT

    SG the trouble with your argument is you didn't see it, so aren't in much of a position to judge, its just your opinion. When you've got older and can look back and compare things you can make a more informed judgement. As far as anyone who watched WSC goes, your opinions are simply hot air. You say fielding is better and so it should be the grounds are manicured compared to the past. Sure there are lots of things better today but the standard of Test cricket now isn't as good as it was in the 70's and 80's.

  • POSTED BY jaswant on | December 10, 2016, 17:12 GMT

    There seems to be a squabble of opinions. In any case, whether the question is on fast bowling speed or the class of batsman ship,WSC indeed revolutionized cricket. Today in its different formats,cricket's momentum continues to be competitive and on the go.Through its various academies which get revise as necessary,the game has become more of a science than just a mere art.

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 10, 2016, 12:45 GMT

    @HARSHTHAKOR Everything you say is a repetition of what you have been conditioned to believe in (i.e it is second hand information at best). My only question is why does it *NOT* show up exactly in that manner in any video clips of that era ? Keep in mind that the cameras cant make a player appear shabby. They cant make a fielder look slow. They cant stop a fielder from diving. Today even a senior statesman and fast bowler like Jimmy Anderson will put in a dive to save a measly single in a Test match. That is a simple example and hope that clarifies what I mean and why I believe that the quality of cricket today is much higher. ( Please don't dig up quotes from cricketing history books to answer this Iam well aware of the stature and rankings of past players my point is that I just don't see it so cant accept it .. call me cynical if you want to ).

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 10, 2016, 12:27 GMT

    @Jack Doogan There is no credible evidence that there were fast bowlers that could bowl 150K back then. Sorry but I refuse to take words from ex-cricketers as credible evidence because human beings are not capable of measuring speed and there were no speed guns used in WSC. The footage certainly does not agree with you either. The quality of cricket today is exceptional(Fielding!) but the thing is that cricket is one of those sports where rose tainted glasses and nostalgia have such a strangle hold on ratings that often the older the player the better his ranking. But if you ask a truly impartial and neutral person to review the quality of cricket played in a cold and calculated manner devoid of any emotions then it is hard to pick cricket from the WSC over todays cricket. The camera has no say in how the batsmens feet move or how much effort a bowler is putting into his deliveries & field. This decides the standard of play and the footage quality is sufficient enough to highlight that

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | December 10, 2016, 9:50 GMT

    Ian Chappell was simply a revelation in his time who did more to shape the destiny of a nation's cricketing fortune than anyone .He posessed the qualities of a great military Marshall capable of resurrecting an army from the grave with his amazing motivational ability and tactical genius.Ian was master against pace and spin who in a crisis was the best batsmen in the world even overshadowing Viv Richards and brother Greg.

    It was really sad that the likes of Sunil Gavaskar,Gundappa Vishwanath and Ian Botham missed out on WSC.The phenomenal technical prowess of Gavaskar,the unique artistry of Vishwanath and all-round cricketing genius of Botham would have been tested at their fullest.against the greatest opposition.

    @SG70 Just look at the performances of Viv and Barry Richards,Dennis Lillee ,Ian and Greg Chappell who performed better than ever in their careers.Also see how strong the team composition was of the world,West Indies and Australian xi.

  • POSTED BY nyogws3548343 on | December 10, 2016, 4:56 GMT

    SG it looks passe because it was from nearly 40 years ago. So of course it is out of date and no longer fashionable, but it wasn't at the time. WSC was a contest between the elite cricketers of the time. The pitches weren't the batsmen friendly sort served up nowadays. There were at least 3 bowlers in every team who could regularly get up to 150Kmh and no restrictions on how many short balls could be bowled in an over. Protective equipment was nowhere near as good as today and helmets had really only just come into the game. The bats weren't anything like what batsmen have today, where even an edge can get you 6. Looking back at the standard of play in the WSC Tests, Test cricket is the only team sport that I can think of where the standard of play is worse than it was 40 years ago.

  • POSTED BY jaswant on | December 9, 2016, 23:36 GMT

    SG70,I am not sure what answer you are looking for, but I also think that WSC really pushed a lot of adrenaline into the game. It was a time of fierce competition especially between WI and Australia.There were more top performances than that mentioned by HARSH,but it was the making of a WI super team which reigned supreme for nearly two decades.The momentum of cricket was clearly taken to a higher and more competitive level. In the peak of his career,Alvin Kallicharran choose not to play for Kerry Packer and was subsequently sent by the WICB to India with a second eleven. Malcom Marshall who later became a revelation was part of that team. Cricket has revolved from the early boredom days to game of aggression and interest. An average of four runs an over in ODI was considered good in the olden days.Today 6 and more is normal.SannathJayasuriya revolutionized ODI batting, bringing excitement like never seen before.Today 20/20 has demonstrated that any ball can be hit out of the ground.

  • POSTED BY Donald Edwards on | December 9, 2016, 9:08 GMT

    so someone is so smart that rather than taking the words of greats like Immy,Viv, Supercat, Mikey, Grieg. Ian, Greg, Dennis, Gordon et al who said they played their toughest cricket in WSC he instead judges its quality based on forty year-old video technology Sad really.

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 7, 2016, 18:49 GMT

    @HARSHTHAKOR If the standard and quality of Cricket played during the WSC was so high why does the footage look so ordinary and passe ? I suspect you never really witnessed any of it live. But please confirm and provide a clear answer to my question if you can.

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | December 7, 2016, 9:39 GMT

    The greatest spectacle missing in world series packer cricket was the absence of Sunil Gavaskar,Gundappa Vishwanath,Javed Miandad and Ian Botham.It would have been their true test.I really missed the sight of Vishy piercing the gaps with the most delicate of touches through the most impregnable fields against the best pace attacks .Gavaskar's technical prowess against the almighty attacks and Javed's grit would also have been a sight to behold.If Ian Botham could have taken 5 wickets anbd scored a hundred in game he could have joined the league of Sir Garfield Sobers. I would have loved a joint Indo-pak xi playing in WSC which may have beaten Australia and West Indies and given the world xi a run for their money.

    Significant what was stated about Ian Chappell who was the ultimate batsmen of his era in a crisis and the best skipper who motivated his team with the skill of a military commander who could ressurect his batallion from the grave like none else.

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | December 7, 2016, 9:19 GMT

    World Series cricket took the game to it's ultimate zenith of competitivity and standard.It was one of sport's true spectacles witnessing the greatest batsmen facing the greatest of bowlers.Imagine the likes of Viv Richards,Imran Khan,Andy Roberts and Barry Richards playing against the Chappell brothers and Dennis Lillee.Morally the 1977-78 and 1979 part was like an edition of a Frank Worrell trophy.In 1977-78 all the 6 supertests had a result which was remarkable.A result in 6 consecutive tests was hardly heard of in conventional test cricket.To me Viv Richard in 1977-78,Greg Chappel in 1977-78 and 79 and Dennis Lillee overall performed better in World series cricket than ever in their careers.WSC was the stepping stone to West Indies emerging a superpower in test cricket and Imran Khan becoming an all-time great.

    Generally pitches in the Caribbean were quick but after the early 1990's slowed down.

  • POSTED BY John on | December 6, 2016, 15:09 GMT

    India weren't even good enough to sniff playing WSC, hell they got beaten by an Australian team with a 42 yr old captain brought back after 10 years retiring.

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 6, 2016, 14:01 GMT

    @THESTUNNER316_15 You mean facts be damned ? Looks like thats how you lot swing. With followers like you who take everything they say as Gospel no wonder these ex-cricketers can get away with such ludicrous statements. You would probably trust if someone said Barry could bat with the edge of his bat lol. And ofcourse when cornered there is the typical indignant response or jibe (T20) to fall back on.

  • POSTED BY Absar on | December 6, 2016, 12:35 GMT

    @ SG70 - a bit of respect would not be totally out of place...

    if you like your T20 so much, i would suggest you watch the BPL instead of hanging around here - cheers

  • POSTED BY John on | December 6, 2016, 7:44 GMT

    Greg Chappell averaged 70 in the 5 super tests in the WI in 1979 and the only match Garner played in Chappell scored 113 in his only bat. BVPOPE you have no idea what you are talking about. Greg played reasonably well in the 1973 series but nothing like at his peak in the mid to late 70's.

  • POSTED BY SG on | December 5, 2016, 14:37 GMT

    Another day another cricketer from a long bygone ERA singing praises of cricket and cricketers from his ERA. I went and looked at the footage of Barry Richards 325 on Youtube. Most ridiculously over rated inngs if there was one. I don't understand How these ex-players can keep a straight face while telling these stories ?

  • POSTED BY Amit Bhatnagar on | December 5, 2016, 12:54 GMT

    Looks like he is our Akash Chopra. He knows everything about cricket!

  • POSTED BY DOMtales on | December 5, 2016, 11:20 GMT

    The 70s wedded studious tradition and wholesale change. The 1st ever ODI (Eng v Aus) and WC (1975) was innocently held by the Establishment but Packer's well-marketed WSC and colour-TV in the late 70s meant a better product for a new audience and off-field revenue for cricketers. WSC performers were paid more, helmets, drop-in pitches & bouncing tail-enders became fashionable; Tony Greig was a spectacular casualty and the Establishment took its first real blow when court rulings were sought. Ian Chappell was a rebel even before WSC, sabre-rattling with the Administration and easily winning his players' loyalty (sledging, dropping his flannels to adjust his box, ordering head-high full-tosses, asking for more money and going before the selectors could do a 'Lawry' to him). A pre-Packer watershed was the Centenary Test when the cleaners earned more money than players. In the end the Board's rebuff to Packer led to Chappelli's second coming ensuring him folk-hero status.

  • POSTED BY Terry on | December 5, 2016, 11:12 GMT

    AmitBhatnagar .... He is a bloke who has played more Test cricket than you and was a key player in a 1970's Test series win in the West Indies. Hope that helps.

  • POSTED BY DOMtales on | December 5, 2016, 9:36 GMT

    Hammond was superb on that 1973 tour taking 15 Test wickets at 32.53 each (bowling over 1000 deliveries second only to the Late Tangles Walker's 1500 deliveries for 26 wickets). Have hazarded an old scanned picture of him bowling Lloyd on 178 at Bourda. His 2nd innings spell was 15 straight overs for 35 runs and 4 wickets. Great that a young athlete could overcome disappointment and move on.

  • POSTED BY ravikanth on | December 5, 2016, 3:31 GMT

    @BADDABING: Full caption for this photo, from elsewhere on this site: Members of the Australia team celebrate winning the second Test. From left: Fred Bennett, Rod Marsh, Bob Massie, Tony Steele, Dennis Lillee, Ross Edwards, Ashley Mallett and Jeff Hammond. England v Australia, second Test, Lord's, 4th day, June 26 1972

  • POSTED BY fizala9202934 on | December 5, 2016, 2:23 GMT

    Saw Jeff Hammond at Bourda in 73, guy looked liked he could bowl all day, the thing that stood out was the sun cream he had on his face, lots of it. Gregg Chappell filled his boots with cheap runs in that series, when he came back in 79 with WSC, he could not get big Joel off the square at Bourda. Hammond played with a lot of heart, and interacted well with the crowd. Would have liked to had him comment about when he bowled to young Viv, who hit him for 3 consecutive 4's then got out the next ball, would have been good to get Jeff's take on that game.

  • POSTED BY David on | December 5, 2016, 1:19 GMT

    Cricket1959, I'm not 100% sure, but from the wavy hair I suspect it might be the Fox (commonly known as David Colley).

  • POSTED BY Craig on | December 4, 2016, 22:33 GMT

    @ AmitBhatnagar - sounds like that is two more things than you know about cricket then...

  • POSTED BY Richard on | December 4, 2016, 22:02 GMT

    @ cricket1959 on December 4, 2016, 14:25 GMT

    "I think pic taken after Oval Test win in 1972 squaring series 2-2. That's Mallet, Ross Edwards, Lillee (with hand on manager Ray Steele's bald head), Bob Massie and a bloke in dark glasses cant recognize. Thought it was Marsh but Marsh hit the winning run in that 5th Test match."<------Yep, that's Rod Marsh in his pre moustache days.

  • POSTED BY Maurmorr on | December 4, 2016, 20:26 GMT

    I remember well that 1972-1973 tour. What Mr. Hammond does not say is that while Stackpole took Dowe to the cleaners in the first test,- and many of his cover drives went through third man and fine leg,- one D. K. Lillee didn't fare too well in that game either. He conceded more than 130 in the match, took NO wickets in 32 overs.

  • POSTED BY Rajiv on | December 4, 2016, 20:15 GMT

    And why is this not FC and LA status?!

  • POSTED BY Ramana on | December 4, 2016, 16:43 GMT

    what a fascinating character !! wud love to know more abt some of the things he talks abt : 1) what exactly was World Series Cricket and what was its impact. Since it was 40+ years ago, I have only a vague idea from reading abt it here and there 3) What did Ian Chappell do that Hammond says he invented the modern cricket game ??

  • POSTED BY Gulu on | December 4, 2016, 14:25 GMT

    I think pic taken after Oval Test win in 1972 squaring series 2-2. That's Mallet, Ross Edwards, Lillee (with hand on manager Ray Steele's bald head), Bob Massie and a bloke in dark glasses cant recognize. Thought it was Marsh but Marsh hit the winning run in that 5th Test match.

  • POSTED BY Venkatesh Venkatesh on | December 4, 2016, 12:37 GMT

    AmitBhatnagar, Jeff Hammond played for Australia in 1972-73 against West Indies in WI he was a fast bowler played few test matches and bulk of the bowling he carried in that test series in absence of Lilee & Co , he explained what he knows about his team & team mates and I think he has given some description about it from that you can make it out who is Jeff Hammond that is very clear in this article

  • POSTED BY Amit Bhatnagar on | December 4, 2016, 12:17 GMT

    Who's this guy, by the way?! He seems to know only two things about cricket - WSC and West Indies!

  • POSTED BY George on | December 4, 2016, 11:19 GMT

    Baddabing - maybe the 1972 Tour England, and possibly celebrations after wins at either the Lords or Oval Tests.

  • POSTED BY Richard on | December 4, 2016, 7:52 GMT

    That sure looks like Ashley Mallett next to Jeff in the photo, as he wasn't on the tour I wonder where it was taken?

  • POSTED BY Venkatesh Venkatesh on | December 4, 2016, 2:57 GMT

    Yes Jeff I agree WSC cricket changed the life of cricketers for the better there is no doubt about , for this how Late Tony Greg and Ian fought it and got what they wanted THIS MORE IMPORTANT after lot stiff resistance from boards like BCCI & ECB . How Ian used his available resources in WI to win the series with new players & then it was quite difficult beat WI but still Australian did it all because the bond they have with each other and passion for playing for their country . More important no time Ian given any reason for loosing any match and management of any team and get best out all new as well as experienced players is more important to get best result that Ian was knowing the trick and in depth knowledge very well that made one of the good captains

  • POSTED BY Maximillian Von Kleist on | December 4, 2016, 0:36 GMT

    Loved the WI didnt he. Obviously a traveller

  • POSTED BY andrew2711976 on | December 3, 2016, 20:29 GMT

    'Fusarium' - That would be the Headingley test of 1972, the one Australia lost by a country mile despite having played two spinners and won the toss on a turning wicket. England's spinners were better, get over it.

  • POSTED BY Cricinfouser on | December 3, 2016, 20:23 GMT

    No doubt about it