Ray Lindwall

Country: Australia
Born: October 03, 1921, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Died: June 23, 1996, Greenslopes, Brisbane, Queensland, (aged 74y 264d)

Ray Lindwall Bio

Raymond Russell Lindwall, hailed as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, left an indelible mark on the world of cricket. Born on October 3, 1921, in Mascot, New South Wales, Lindwall was destined for greatness from an early age. His powerful and rhythmic approach to the game, combined with unwavering control and late swing, made him a formidable force on the field.

Lindwall’s cricketing journey began during a time when the balance between bat and ball was heavily skewed towards the batsmen. However, his arrival marked a new era in which bowlers began to level the playing field. With his exceptional skills, he was able to dominate the game and establish himself as Australia’s premier fast bowler for over a decade.

Known for his versatility, Lindwall excelled in all conditions and was considered a complete fast bowler. He possessed a clever slower ball and the ability to use his sharp, skiddy bouncers to great effect. In fact, it was Lindwall who pioneered the acceptance of the bouncer as a deadly weapon, paving the way for future generations of fast bowlers.

During the historic 1946-47 series against England, Lindwall, alongside Keith Miller, emerged as the undisputed leader of Australia’s bowling attack. Not only did he excel with the ball, but Lindwall also showcased his batting prowess, scoring a century batting at No. 9, a rare achievement for a bowler. His exceptional performance continued throughout the series, culminating in an impressive seven-wicket haul in the Sydney Test.

Lindwall’s fame skyrocketed during Australia’s tour of England in the following season, where he played a crucial role in their 4-0 victory. Despite suffering an injury in the first Test, he bounced back and became instrumental in demolishing England’s batting lineup, showcasing his brilliance in an unforgettable spell of 6 for 20 at The Oval, which saw England being bowled out for a mere 52 runs.

Although The Oval was Lindwall’s zenith, he continued to represent Australia in Tests for over a decade after that remarkable performance. Even as he aged, Lindwall compensated for his diminishing brute force with his exceptional technique, canniness, and sheer determination. He became a master of the inswinger, constantly analyzing and improving his game to maintain his dominance.

Throughout his career, Lindwall took on leadership roles, captaining Australia once and leading Queensland for several seasons. His impact extended beyond the international stage as he moved from New South Wales to play for Queensland, leaving a lasting impression on the domestic cricket scene.

Over his illustrious career, Lindwall claimed 228 Test wickets at an average of 23.03 and secured 794 first-class wickets at an average of 21.35. His sheer brilliance and contributions to the game earned him a place among the immortals of cricket.

Raymond Russell Lindwall left an unparalleled legacy in the world of cricket. His finesse, skill, and commitment continue to inspire generations of fast bowlers seeking to emulate his greatness. Lindwall will forever be remembered as one of the most complete fast bowlers to have ever played the game.

Ray Lindwall Career Stats

Ray Lindwall Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 61 84 13 1502 118 21.15 - - 2 5 - 13 26 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 228 270 39 5042 134* 21.82 - - 5 19 - - 123 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Ray Lindwall Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 61 113 13650 5251 228 7/38 9/70 23.03 2.3 59.8 8 12 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 228 - 43215 16956 794 7/20 - 21.35 2.35 54.4 - 34 2
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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