Norm O’Neill

Country: Australia
Born: February 19, 1937, Carlton, Sydney, New South Wales
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Top order Batter
Died: March 03, 2008, Erina, New South Wales, Australia, (aged 71y 13d)

Norm O’Neill Bio

Norman Clifford Louis O’Neill, widely known as Norm O’Neill, was an Australian cricket player who left an indelible mark on the sport. Despite failing to meet the exceptionally high expectations placed upon him, O’Neill’s immense power and ability shone through in his performances, capturing the imagination of cricket fans across the globe.

Born on February 19, 1937, in Sydney, Australia, O’Neill was a charismatic figure both on and off the field. With his broad shoulders and a radiant charisma, he exuded a golden aura of good health, making him a symbol of athleticism and sporting prowess. O’Neill’s batting prowess was a spectacle to behold, as he displayed remarkable adaptability and power in his gameplay.

During his debut series against England in 1958-59, O’Neill demonstrated his undeniable talent. Standing firmly on the back foot, he showcased astonishing power and precision, capturing the attention of spectators and experts alike. His adaptability was further established when he toured India and Pakistan a year later, showcasing his ability to perform in unfamiliar conditions.

However, it was during the iconic Tied Test of 1960-61 that O’Neill truly cemented his status as an exceptional player. In this highly memorable and intense match, he scored a magnificent 181 runs in 401 minutes. His innings sparkled with brilliance, leaving a lasting impression on the cricket community. Renowned cricket writer Jack Fingleton aptly described O’Neill’s performance as an innings that “sparkled like champagne.”

O’Neill’s skill and finesse with the bat rekindled the belief in the art of batting, reminding cricket enthusiasts that it was not dead but merely dormant, as written by EW Swanton. However, despite his early successes, O’Neill faced challenges and inconsistency as his career progressed. He often struggled to rediscover his best form, plagued by nerves and difficulties in finding his rhythm at the beginning of innings.

Unfortunately, O’Neill’s international career ended prematurely, when the Australian cricket team abruptly dispensed with his services at the age of 28. Although his departure from the international scene left many disappointed, O’Neill’s impact on the cricketing world had already been firmly established.

Beyond his contributions to the Australian team, O’Neill also notably played for New South Wales, where he showcased his exceptional talent at the domestic level. His powerful strokeplay, combined with his natural athleticism, allowed him to become a formidable force in the Australian cricket landscape.

Norm O’Neill’s legacy extends far beyond his on-field achievements. His style and personality made him a beloved figure among fans, and his exceptional talent and dedication to his craft continue to inspire cricketers of the present day. While he may not have reached the heights initially predicted, O’Neill’s contributions to the sport of cricket and his impact on the fans who watched him play will forever be remembered.

Norm O’Neill Career Stats

Norm O’Neill Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 42 69 8 2779 181 45.55 - - 6 15 - 4 21 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 188 306 34 13859 284 50.95 - - 45 64 - - 104 0
List A 1 1 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Norm O’Neill Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 42 29 1392 667 17 4/41 5/106 39.23 2.87 81.8 1 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 188 - 7131 4060 99 4/40 - 41.01 3.41 72 - 0 0
List A 1 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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