Ashley Mallett - Australia - Test Profile 1968-80

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 11 August 1975

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      Off-break Bowler, Right Hand Bat
      Friday, 13 July 1945
      Chatswood, Sydney
  • Australia
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Ashley MALLETT - Australia - Test Profile 1968-80


 South Australian off-spinner Ashley Mallett was at his peak as a foil to Lillee and Thomson in a 1974-75 Ashes series, not only through his ability to pick up significant wickets against batsmen geared to playing pace, but also through his support as a magnificent catcher in the gully. He even made a mark with the bat on his debut in the Oval Test of 1968, making 43 not out on his first appearance on the international field and helping Australia to add 87 for the last three wickets. It was his last significant contribution with the bat. At first he was only chosen as a second spinner to John Gleeson, and played intermittent Tests against West Indies in 1968-69 and England in 1970-71. In the former series he was replaced by the seam bowling of his State teammate Eric Freeman after one match.


He played throughout the Indian tour of 1969-70, taking 6-64 in Delhi and 5-93 and 5-53 in Madras. He had six wickets at Sydney in a 1970-1 Ashes series. In 1972 Mallett took 5-114 at Headingley in Underwood's match and five wickets in Australia's win at the Oval. At Adelaide in 1972-3 he took 8-59 against Pakistan. a 1974-75 series saw 4-60 in Melbourne, 4-21 in Sydney and five wickets in Adelaide. He toured England again in 1975, taking 3-127 at Lord's and 3-50 at Headingley. He came out of retirement to play in World Series Cricket, and played two more Tests, against West Indies and England, in 1979-80. He was part of Australia's team in the first World Cup of 1975, when they were beaten finalists. (Bob Harragan)