Bob Massie

Country: Australia
Born: April 14, 1947, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast

Bob Massie Bio

Robert Arnold Lockyer Massie, commonly known as Bob Massie, is an Australian cricket player best remembered for his extraordinary debut in 1972. Born on October 26, 1947, in Northam, Western Australia, Massie quickly gained fame for his fast-medium swing bowling skills and impeccable ability to swing the ball devilishly. Standing out with his distinctive mutton-chop sideburns, Massie made an indelible mark in cricket history with his remarkable performance at Lord’s during his debut Test match.

On June 22, 1972, facing England, Massie’s debut remains one of the most startling performances in Test cricket. His figures of 8 wickets for each innings bargained the mighty English batting lineup, bringing the hosts to their knees. With a total of 16 wickets for just 137 runs, Massie achieved the best-ever debut performance in Test cricket at that time. This extraordinary achievement placed him in the elite company of cricketing legends, and his name etched forever in the annals of cricket history.

Unfortunately, Massie’s rise to stardom was fleeting, and his cricketing career did not reach the heights that many had anticipated. Following his impressive debut, Massie received the opportunity to represent Australia in only five more Test matches. Within a short span of 18 months since his remarkable debut, he faced a setback as he was dropped by his state side, Western Australia, further delaying his cricketing aspirations.

Before his remarkable debut, Massie faced several challenges in establishing himself as a professional cricketer. Prior to 1972, he had been rejected after a trial with Northants, a county cricket team in England. However, Massie’s persistence and unwavering determination ensured that he would not be deterred by setbacks. He continued to embrace the sport with great passion, ultimately realizing his lifelong dream of representing his country on the international stage.

Beyond his cricketing prowess, Massie also pursued a career in banking, showcasing his multitasking abilities. Later, after retiring from the sport, he delved into radio commentary, further cementing his place within the cricketing fraternity as a knowledgeable and respected voice.

Bob Massie’s tale serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of sports and the fleeting nature of success. While he may not have reached the heights many anticipated, his extraordinary debut performance at Lord’s will forever be etched in the memories of cricket fans worldwide. Massie’s swinging prowess, combined with his enigmatic personality and distinctive appearance, made him a revered figure in the cricketing world, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

Despite the brevity of his career, Bob Massie’s cricketing legacy as an extraordinary swing bowler and his staggering debut performance continue to inspire aspiring cricketers. His contribution to the sport and dedication to his craft will forever be celebrated as an embodiment of perseverance and determination.

Bob Massie Career Stats

Bob Massie Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 8 1 78 42 11.14 - - 0 0 3 2 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 1 1 16 16* - 24 66.66 0 0 2 0 1 0
FC 52 54 14 385 42 9.62 - - 0 0 - - 8 0
List A 15 5 4 17 16* 17 - - 0 0 - - 4 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Bob Massie Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 6 11 1739 647 31 8/53 16/137 20.87 2.23 56 2 2 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 3 183 129 3 2/35 2/35 43 4.22 61 0 0 0
FC 52 - 10629 4446 179 8/53 - 24.83 2.5 59.3 - 6 2
List A 15 - 883 429 17 3/22 3/22 25.23 2.91 51.9 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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