Alan Thomson

Country: Australia
Born: December 02, 1945, Reservoir, Victoria
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Died: October 31, 2022 (aged 76y 333d)

Alan Thomson Bio

Alan Lloyd Thomson, popularly known as “Froggy” Thomson, was a talented fast bowler from Australia who had a unique style of delivering the ball off the wrong foot. Born on September 18, 1947, Thomson made a name for himself in the cricketing world during the 1970-71 Ashes series against England. Despite not living up to the high expectations that surrounded him, he left a lasting impact on the sport.

Thomson’s journey began when he was noticed for his incredible performance for Victoria early in the tour. During that game, he took an impressive 9 wickets for 181 runs, propelling him into the national spotlight. The Australian selectors saw his potential and included him in the Test squad for the Ashes series.

However, Thomson’s performances in the Ashes did not meet the lofty expectations set for him. Over the course of four Tests, he managed to take only 12 wickets at a high economy rate. It became evident that he did not possess the sheer pace that had been hyped up by the media and fans alike.

Despite his underwhelming Test performance, Thomson still managed to etch himself into the cricketing history books. He became the first bowler to take a wicket in One Day International cricket when he dismissed the English batting stalwart, Geoff Boycott, caught by Bill Lawry. This memorable moment occurred during Thomson’s only appearance in the ODI format, as he finished with figures of 1 wicket for 26 runs in his allotted 12 overs.

While his international career was brief and unremarkable, Thomson had a respectable domestic cricket career playing for Victoria in the Australian domestic circuit. He built a reputation as a reliable bowler, often taking crucial wickets and contributing to his team’s success. Throughout his career, he showcased his ability to swing the ball and generate movement off the pitch, making him a menace for opposing batsmen.

Despite retiring from professional cricket early in his career, Thomson’s legacy as a unique and talented fast bowler is still remembered. He may not have lived up to the initial hype, but his contributions to the sport, especially during his domestic career, remain significant.

Off the field, Thomson was known for his amiable personality and his nickname “Froggy,” affectionately given to him by his teammates. He was widely respected by both opponents and teammates for his sportsmanship and love for the game.

After retiring from cricket, Thomson pursued various business interests and enjoyed spending time with his family. While his time in the international arena may not have been as illustrious as some of his peers, his impact on Australian cricket cannot be denied. Thomson’s unique bowling style, combined with his unwavering dedication and passion for the game, ensured that he left a lasting impression on the cricketing world.

Alan Thomson Career Stats

Alan Thomson Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 5 4 22 12* 22 45 48.88 0 0 2 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
FC 44 55 23 260 34* 8.12 - - 0 0 - - 12 0
List A 7 2 1 0 0* 0 - - 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Alan Thomson Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 8 1519 654 12 3/79 5/173 54.5 3.44 126.5 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 64 22 1 1/22 1/22 22 2.75 64 0 0 0
FC 44 - 11215 4917 184 8/87 - 26.72 2.63 60.9 - 12 3
List A 7 - 429 206 12 4/13 4/13 17.16 2.88 35.7 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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