Bruce LAIRD

Bruce Laird - Australia - Test Record

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 August 1980

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    • POSITION
      Right Hand Bat
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 21 November 1950
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Australia
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Bruce LAIRD - Australia - Test Record

Date Test Venue Opp. 1st 2nd Ct Result
01/12/79 1 Brisbane WI 92 75 0 Match Drawn
14/12/79 1 Perth Eng 0 33 0 won by 138 runs
29/12/79 2 Melbourne WI 16 69 1 lost by 10 wickets
26/01/80 3 Adelaide WI 52 36 1 lost by 408 runs
01/02/80 3 Melbourne Eng 74 25 0 won by 8 wickets
27/02/80 1 Karachi Pak 6 23 0 lost by 7 wickets
06/03/80 2 Faisalabad Pak 0 dnb 0 Match Drawn
18/03/80 3 Lahore Pak 17 63 0 Match Drawn
28/08/80 1 Lord's Eng 24 6 1 Match Drawn
13/11/81 1 Perth Pak 27 85 0 won by 286 runs
27/11/81 2 Brisbane Pak 44 3* 2 won by 10 wickets
11/12/81 3 Melbourne Pak 35 52 1 lost by an inns & 82 runs
26/12/81 1 Melbourne WI 4 64 1 won by 58 runs
02/01/82 2 Sydney WI 14 38 2 Match Drawn
30/01/82 3 Adelaide WI 2 78 2 lost by 5 wickets
26/02/82 1 Wellington NZ 27* dnb 0 Match Drawn
12/03/82 2 Auckland NZ 38 39 1 lost by 5 wickets
19/03/82 3 Christchurch NZ 12 31 0 won by 8 wickets
22/09/82 1 Karachi Pak 32 3 1 lost by 9 wickets
30/09/82 2 Faisalabad Pak 8 60 2 lost by an inns & 3 runs
14/10/82 3 Lahore Pak 28 6 1 lost by 9 wickets
 
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct
21 1341 92 35.29 0 11 0 0-3 n/a 0 16

 

 


 

 Photograph of Bruce Laird playing for Australia taken in 1980 by George Herringshaw. ©

 


The West Australian opening bat Bruce Laird was the only newcomer to make his reputation in Kerry Packer's World Series, rather than in the weakened Test teams of the era. In fact the constant battering of the fast bowlers suited Laird's game. He was less secure against spin and while there were some world-class spinners in the World Series, most of the bowling in the top games was done by the battery of fast men. Laird had toured England in 1975 without playing a Test and when he was signed by World Series it was as one of a number of fringe players who were expected to spend their time playing country matches. In fact he quickly replaced Ian Davis as Australian opener and in 1977-78 scored 106 against West Indies in the Supertest at Football Park Adelaide and 106 against the World XI at the Sydney Showground. He was the only non-Test player to find a place in the Supertests and continued to open for WSC Australia in 1978-79, taking part in the World Series tour of West Indies and scoring 122 in the Trinidad Supertest. He kept his place when the team went back to official Test cricket, making 92 and 75 against West Indies on his debut and 74 against England at Melbourne. He played on for three more seasons, scoring 85 against Pakistan at Perth in 1981-82 and making three half-centuries against a 1982-83 West Indians, and finished his Test career with the respectable average of 35.28 from 21 Tests. (Bob Harragan)