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Jeff Thomson

Jeff Thomson was one of the fastest bowlers to have played Test cricket. 

With an unusual slinging action, and an aggressive approach, he was a fearsome sight to batsmen. 

He debuted against Pakistan in 1972-73, but hampered by a broken bone in his foot (which he hid from the selectors) was ineffective. 

Recalled in 1974-5, and forming a partnership with Dennis Lillee, he terrorised the England tourists with consistent spells of extreme fast bowling, taking 33 wickets in the series.

 

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Jeff Thomson was one of the fastest bowlers to have played Test cricket.

With an unusual slinging action, and an aggressive approach, he was a fearsome sight to batsmen.

He debuted against Pakistan in 1972-73, but hampered by a broken bone in his foot (which he hid from the selectors) was ineffective.

Recalled in 1974-5, and forming a partnership with Dennis Lillee, he terrorised the England tourists with consistent spells of extreme fast bowling, taking 33 wickets in the series.

Jeff's action put considerable stress on his body, particularly his right shoulder, and he was rarely fit enough to reach those peaks again.

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He adapted his methods, relying less on pure pace, and more on an excellent cutter, and seam and swing.

He was always capable of unleashing a very fast bouncer that would skid and follow the batsman from only just short of a length.

Many cricketers, experts and viewers who have watched cricket from at least the 1970s rate Thomson as the fastest they have ever seen.

 Richie Benaud rated Thomson as the fastest he had seen since Frank Tyson. 

Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh kept wicket to Thomson for most of his Test career and has claimed that Thomson bowled upwards of 180 km/h.

Jeff remained with the Australian side when many left to join the Packer circus in 1977, and carried their attack through two series against England and India, but left to join WSC shortly afterwards.

Jeff has stated some of his fastest spells include, a spell against the West Indies in Barbados during World Series Cricket, which he has stated he was unhappy during the series because the West Indies had their full team and strike bowlers and the Australia team was depleted because of the World Series Cricket series.

After several West Indian players had hit Australian batsman, he has been quoted saying he Wanted to return the favour.

He also mentions a spell against Victoria playing for Queensland at the Gabba in Brisbane, in which he took 7 wickets for the match.

A capable fielder, and a lower order batsman who could hit, he was frequently heard on radio commentary during the 1997 Ashes series.

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He was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame by the Cricket Australia in 2016.

Jeff's stories and experiences in what was truly the halcyon years of Australian and International cricket is extremely fascinating, captivating and full of great memories.  

He delivers a very straight forward, with no holds barred comments that the audience appreciates.

Jeff will provide great entertainment, with an abundance of humorous experiences in his life...a genuine inspiring and engaging speaker that will definitely bowl any audience over.

 

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