Alan McGilvray

Country: Australia
Born: December 06, 1909, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Died: July 17, 1996, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, (aged 86y 224d)

Alan McGilvray Bio

Alan David McGilvray was one of Australia’s most renowned cricket commentators, dedicating nearly half a century to the sport. Born on 6 December 1909 in Paddington, McGilvray had an illustrious career both as a player and as a voice of the game. He attended Sydney Grammar School and later joined his family’s shoe-manufacturing business while also pursuing his passion for cricket.

McGilvray began his cricketing journey by playing grade cricket for Waverley and Paddington. A left-hand batsman and right-arm medium-paced bowler, he made his debut for New South Wales against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in December 1933. Although his performance in the match was modest, McGilvray had the privilege of captaining NSW against Western Australia in only his third first-class match, showcasing his natural leadership abilities.

Over the years, McGilvray represented NSW and captained the team on several occasions. In the 1935-36 season, he assumed the captaincy in the absence of regular skipper WAS Oldfield, leading NSW to a commendable second place on the Shield ladder. With 322 runs at an average of 24.77 and 14 wickets at 42.50, McGilvray played a crucial role in his team’s success that season.

Despite his batting promise, McGilvray played only 20 first-class matches in total, with 18 of them for NSW. His most memorable batting experience was a partnership of 177 runs with the legendary Don Bradman in a benefit match in October 1936. McGilvray contributed 42 runs to the partnership before being dismissed, while Bradman went on to score a remarkable 212. Although his playing career ended in 1937, it marked the beginning of his extraordinary journey as a commentator.

McGilvray truly revolutionized cricket commentary with his innovative techniques. Starting with daily reports at the conclusion of Shield matches, he pioneered the coverage of Test matches from England in 1938. Despite being miles away from the action, McGilvray used artificial sound and detailed commentary to provide listeners with a remarkably immersive experience. Known for his distinct voice, fluent delivery, and ability to capture the nuances of the game, he quickly gained popularity among cricket enthusiasts.

His commentary career extended beyond Test matches in Australia, with trips to England, South Africa, and the West Indies. McGilvray’s professionalism and dedication earned him a standing ovation from the crowd when he commentated on a Test match in Australia for the last time. In recognition of his significant contributions, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1974 and awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1980.

Towards the end of his career, McGilvray delved into writing, documenting his experiences and perspectives in a series of captivating books. Despite growing older, he retained an active interest in the sport and was known for his jovial presence both on and off the field. Even at the age of 84, McGilvray delighted diners at a pre-Test match dinner in Hobart with his infectious laughter and witty banter.

Alan David McGilvray’s contributions to cricket as both a player and commentator are etched in the annals of Australian cricket history. His dedication, passion, and unique broadcasting style made him an iconic figure in the world of cricket. Even today, his impact can be felt in the hearts of cricket fans worldwide.

Alan McGilvray Career Stats

Alan McGilvray Batting Stats

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FC 20 31 3 684 68 24.42 - - 0 3 - - 20 0
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Alan McGilvray Bowling Stats

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FC 20 - - 1135 20 3/35 - 56.75 - - - 0 0
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