Geoff Dymock - Australia - Test Profile 1974-80

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Date: 09 June 1979

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      Left Arm Fast-medium, Left Hand Bat
      Saturday, 21 July 1945
      Queensland, Australia
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Geoff DYMOCK - Australia - Test Profile 1974-80

Geoff Dymock, a left arm fast-medium seam bowler who played for Australia when Lillee and Thomson were injured, could not find a place in the Test side when the big stars joined World Series Cricket, but found his best form and was impossible to leave out of the matches when they returned. His best performances were in the so-called 'reconciliation' series of 1979-80, when he took 3-52 and 6-34 against England in Perth, 4-106 against West Indies in Melbourne, 4-42 and 3-48 against England in Sydney, and 2-74 and 5-104 against West Indies and Adelaide.


With Lillee, Lenny Pascoe and Rodney Hogg he formed an attack which rivalled the West Indies pace quartet. Lillee was suffering from a long-term back injury and Thomson was yet to burst on the scene when Dymock made his debut against New Zealand in Adelaide in 1973-74. He took 2-44 and 5-58 as Australia won by an innings. In New Zealand the same season he took 3-77 in Wellington and 3-59 in Christchurch, when New Zealand won. He played in the last Test of a 1974-75 Ashes tour, again with Lillee and Thomson injured, and England won by an innings.


Dymock toured England in 1977 but could not find a place in the Test team. He missed the era of Bobby Simpson's return as captain and did not play again until the second Test of Mike Brearley's Ashes tour in 1978-79, when he shared the new ball with Rodney Hogg. He took five wickets at the MCG then gave way to Alan Hurst in the last two Tests. In India, under Kim Hughes in 1979-80, he took 5-99 and 7-67 in Kanpur. In the 1979 World Cup he bowled 11 overs for just 19 runs against England at Lord's. (Bob Harragan)