Wayne Clark

Country: Australia
Born: September 19, 1953, Perth, Western Australia
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Wayne Clark Bio

Wayne Maxwell Clark, born on February 4, 1947, in Adelaide, South Australia, is a former Australian cricketer who made a mark on the international stage as a controversial yet successful bowler. Clark’s career was plagued with accusations of throwing, but his talent on the field earned him a spot in the Australian cricket team during the early years of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.

Despite the controversy surrounding his bowling action, Clark made the most of the opportunity presented to him, playing in 10 Tests for Australia. During his Test career, which spanned from 1974 to 1978, he managed to take a total of 44 wickets at an average of 28.72. Although he never claimed a five-wicket haul in an innings, he is noted for his consistent performance, picking up four wickets in an innings on seven occasions.

Clark’s most memorable bowling performances came during the 1977-78 series against India, where he claimed five wickets, and in both innings at Georgetown later that season. His ability to consistently take wickets played a significant role in Australia’s success during those matches, helping the team secure crucial victories.

After retiring from playing cricket, Clark shifted his focus to coaching. In 2001, he took charge of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and led them to their first County Championship title since 1968, cementing his reputation as a skillful and impactful coach. His coaching stint at Yorkshire was highly regarded, as he was able to inspire the team to reclaim their former glory and achieve success.

Following his successful tenure at Yorkshire, Clark returned to his homeland to coach Western Australia. He filled that position until the end of the 2006-07 season when he decided to step aside. However, he remained involved in the cricketing world by taking up occasional television commentary roles, sharing his expertise and insights with cricket enthusiasts.

Wayne Clark’s career showcased his resilience and determination to succeed, despite facing allegations and controversies. He proved himself as a valuable asset to the Australian cricket team and later as a skilled coach. His ability to consistently take wickets and his success in guiding teams to victory speak volumes about his prowess in the sport. Though far from being a stranger to controversy, Clark will always be remembered as a talented cricketer and a formidable force on the field.

Wayne Clark Career Stats

Wayne Clark Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 10 19 2 98 33 5.76 - - 0 0 10 0 6 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
FC 62 82 25 717 46* 12.57 - - 0 0 - - 23 0
List A 29 12 4 21 8* 2.62 - - 0 0 - - 5 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Wayne Clark Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 10 18 2793 1265 44 4/46 8/147 28.75 2.71 63.4 7 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 2 100 61 3 2/39 2/39 20.33 3.65 33.3 0 0 0
FC 62 - - 6169 210 7/26 - 29.37 - - - 6 1
List A 29 - 1607 986 29 4/20 4/20 34 3.68 55.4 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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