Cricket fraternity mourns Ashley Mallet’s demise

The
off-spinner
played
38
Tests
following
his
debut
against
England
in
1968
and
took
132
wickets
at
an
average
of
29.84,
also
finishing
his
Test
career
against
England
in
1980.

Mallett
is
behind
only
Nathan
Lyon
(399
wickets)
and
Hugh
Trumble
(141)
as
Australia’s
most
successful
Test
off-spinners.

Mallett’s
career
took
off
during
his
second
overseas
tour
for
Australia
as
Bill
Lawry’s
team
secured
a
3-1
series
victory
over
India
in
1969-70.

During
that
series,
Mallett
took
28
wickets
at
an
average
of
19.1,
including
10
wickets
in
the
fifth
and
final
Test.

“Another
name
from
my
childhood
passes
away.
Goodbye
#AshleyMallett,
genuine
cricket
lover
and
fine
off-spinner,”
tweeted
renowned
commentator
Harsha
Bhogle.

Australia’s
former
international
Greg
Matthews
remembered
Mallet
on
Twitter.

“#AshleyMallett
#lyon
is
t
#GOAT
but
ur
my
#great1
#beers,#chats,if
only
u
had
accepted
#Bradmans
offer
to
“c”
Australia
instead
of
joining
#WSC
#oz
#cricket
would
b
in
a
better
place
now.your
courage
fighting
#cancer
last
week
we
were
talking
abt
#harvey
#vale
brother#aca,”
the
maverick
off-spinner,
who
was
part
of
Australis’a
famous
tied
Test
against
India
in
Chennai
in
1986
tweeted.

Ex
South
African
spinner
Paul
Adams,
who
was
known
for
his
unorthodox
bowling
action,
too
paid
tributes
while
tweeting
a
picture
he
had
taken
with
the
Aussie
spinning
great.

“Just
heard
the
news
that
former
Australian
spinner
Ashley
Mallet
has
passed
away.
I
had
the
privilege
to
spend
sometime
with
him
while
I
was
playing.
He
had
a
great
passion
for
spin
bowling
and
mentored
many.
RIP
#AshleyMallett.

It
was
double
blow
for
Australian
cricket
as
later
another
great

Alan
Davidson

passed
away
on
Saturday
(October
30)
morning
at
the
age
of
92.

The
death
of
two
former
Australian
cricket
greats
who
passed
away
within
a
day
of
each
other
left
Cricket
Australia
in
a
state
of
shock.

Alan
Davidson
passes
away
at
92;
Australia
mourns
colossal
left-arm
pacer,
all-rounder

Davidson,
an
allrounder
known
for
his
ability
to
swing
the
ball
both
ways
had
played
44
Test
matches
from
1953-63,
was
widely
regarded
as
the
world’s
best
left-arm
fast
bowler
until
the
emergence
of
Pakistan
star
Wasim
Akram.

Davidson
took
186
Test
wickets
at
an
average
of
20.53,
and
scored
1,328
Test
runs
at
24.59.

Nicknamed
“Claw”
by
fellow
allrounder
Keith
Miller
after
an
impressive
slips
catch,
Davidson
routinely
impressed
teammates
and
fans
with
his
batting,
bowling
and
fielding.
The
tied
test
at
the
Gabba
in
1960
between
Australia
and
West
Indies,
which
Davidson
played
with
a
broken
finger,
was
the
highlight
of
his
career.

Davidson
finished
with
match
figures
of
11-222
and
a
combined
tally
of
124
runs,
with
a
final-innings
run
total
of
80
setting
the
stage
for
a
dramatic
finish
as
the
hosts
rallied
from
5-57
to
finish
all
out
for
232.

It
marked
the
first
time
a
player
completed
the
double
of
10
wickets
and
100
runs
in
a
Test.
West
Indies
captain
Garry
Sobers’ autobiography
described
Davidson
as
“perhaps
the
best
(new-ball
bowler)
in
the
world
for
a
period
of
about
five
years”
and
“a
magnificent
hitter.”


(With
inputs
from
Agencies)

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