Ian Callen

Country: Australia
Born: May 02, 1955, Alexandra, Victoria
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium

Ian Callen Bio

Ian Wayne Callen was a promising Australian cricket player, known for his ability to swing the ball away from right-handers. Standing tall and thin, Callen made a memorable debut in the first-class arena during the 1976-77 season, showcasing his talent with an impressive haul of 25 wickets in just three games.

Born and raised in Australia, Callen’s passion for cricket began at a young age. As he honed his skills, it became evident that he possessed a remarkable action and had a natural ability to generate swing. His early success in domestic cricket earned him a call-up to the national team for the Test series against India in the following summer.

In the crucial series decider, Callen rose to the occasion, making an immediate impact by taking significant contributions of 3 for 83 and 3 for 108. His exceptional performance contributed greatly to Australia’s victory, leading to his selection for the subsequent tour of the Caribbean.

However, Callen faced hardships during the tour of the Caribbean, as he struggled to replicate his success from the previous series. With just 11 wickets at an average of over 50, he was left out of the Test matches and struggled to maintain his place in the team. Unfortunately, this setback was compounded by a troublesome back injury, which further hampered his chances of reclaiming his spot in the squad.

In spite of the challenges he faced, Callen’s skills and dedication to the sport were recognized, as he received an opportunity to tour Pakistan during the 1982-83 season. Earning his place in the team based on a strong domestic showing, where he had taken 31 wickets at an average of 25.45, Callen hoped to revive his international career. Regrettably, he did not feature in any of the Tests during the tour.

Despite his talent and potential, Callen’s cricketing journey took an unfortunate turn when he was forced to decline the offer of a contract with Somerset due to his persistent back problems. However, he found solace in playing a summer for Ramsbottom in the Lancashire League, thereby showcasing his skills in the English circuit.

Although his international career may have been cut short due to injury, Ian Wayne Callen’s undeniable talent and initial success cemented his place in Australian cricket history. His ability to swing the ball, especially away from right-handed batsmen, left a lasting impact on the game. Even though his time in the limelight was short-lived, his achievements and contributions to the sport will not be forgotten.

Ian Callen Career Stats

Ian Callen Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 2 26 22* - - - 0 0 2 1 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 5 3 2 6 3* 6 13 46.15 0 0 0 0 2 0
FC 53 68 21 578 34 12.29 - - 0 0 - - 19 0
List A 20 12 6 69 15 11.5 - - 0 0 - - 6 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Ian Callen Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 1 2 440 191 6 3/83 6/191 31.83 3.47 73.3 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 5 4 180 148 5 3/24 3/24 29.6 4.93 36 0 0 0
FC 53 - 10727 5412 197 8/42 - 27.47 3.02 54.4 - 7 1
List A 20 - 1056 709 31 4/47 4/47 22.87 4.02 34 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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