Tim MAY

Tim May - Australia - Test Profile 1987-95.

Photo/Foto: Nigel French

Date: 05 July 1993

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    • POSITION
      Off Break Bowler, Right Hand Bat
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Friday, 26 January 1962
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Adelaide, Australia
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Australia
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Tim MAY - Australia - Test Profile 1987-95.

Tim May, the off-spinning restauranter from Adelaide, spun the ball so hard he had to use horse linament to treat the open wound left on his spinning finger. He made his debut in Pakistan in 1987-88, taking 4-97 in his first Test. He played against the West Indies in Australia later that season, but was replaced by Peter Taylor after two matches. For the next few years the selectors preferred either Taylor or Greg Matthews, although May toured England in 1989 without playing a Test. May reappeared as a spinning partner for Shane Warne in Adelaide against the West indies in 1992-93, taking 5-9 in the second innings, then scored 42 not out in a last wicket partnership which took to within two runs of victory, only to see his partner Craig McDermott caught off Courtney Walsh and the match lost with victory only one stroke away.

 

Despite that destruction he was dropped for the next Test. In England in 1993, with Warne's successes changing attitudes to spinners Australia abandoned their third seamer and used off spin and leg spin in harness throughout the series. May was very effective on wearing second innings wickets, taking 4-81 at Lord's, 4-65 at Headingley, and 5-89 at Edgbaston, all matches which Australia won. He took 21 wickets in the series at an average of 28.19. Australia quickly lost confidence in the all-spin attack, despite his 5-65 against New Zealand in Hobart later that year. In three Tests against a 1994-95 England team he took only one wicket. May played in the World Cup winning team of 1987, although he only bowled four overs in the final. (Bob Harragan)

 


 

The photograph of Bob May was taken on 18th. May 1989 by George Herringshaw. ©

 


 

Date Test Venue Opp. 1st Inns 2nd Inns Batting Ct Result
11/12/87 2 Adelaide NZ 54-13-134-1 30-10-68-3 14* & dnb 0 Draw
15/09/88 1 Karachi Pak 40.5-10-97-4 dnb 6 & 0 0 Lost
23/09/88 2 Faisalabad Pak 19-3-58-1 34.4-7-126-3 14 & dnb 0 Draw
07/10/88 3 Lahore Pak 27.2-6-73-3 35-20-39-3 13* & dnb 0 Draw
18/11/88 1 Brisbane WI 29-6-90-3 dnb 4* & 5 1 Lost
02/12/88 2 Perth WI 10-3-40-2 14-1-68-0 2 & 8* 0 Lost
03/02/89 5 Adelaide WI 16-6-42-0 23-2-60-2 24 & dnb 0 Draw
23/01/93 4 Adelaide WI 14-1-41-2 6.5-3-9-5 6 & 42* 0 Lost
17/06/93 2 Lord's Eng 31-12-64-2 51-23-81-4 dnb & dnb 1 Won
01/07/93 3 Nottingham Eng 14.4-7-31-1 38-6-112-0 1 & dnb 0 Draw
22/07/93 4 Leeds Eng 15-3-33-1 27-6-65-4 dnb & dnb 0 Won
05/08/93 5 Birmingham Eng 19-9-32-2 48.2-15-89-5 3* & dnb 0 Won
19/08/93 6 The Oval Eng 10-3-32-1 24-6-53-1 15 & 4* 0 Lost
26/11/93 2 Hobart NZ 31.3-10-65-5 25-13-45-2 dnb & dnb 2 Won
03/12/93 3 Brisbane NZ 21-7-51-1 16-3-41-1 dnb & dnb 0 Won
26/12/93 1 Melbourne SA 28-7-58-0 dnb dnb & dnb 0 Draw
02/01/94 2 Sydney SA 10-1-34-0 22-4-53-0 8* & 0 0 Lost
28/01/94 3 Adelaide SA 25-9-57-0 32-20-26-2 dnb & dnb 1 Won
04/03/94 1 Johannesburg SA 22-5-62-2 39-11-107-2 2 & 11 0 Lost
28/09/94 1 Karachi Pak 20-5-55-2 18-4-67-0 1* & 1 0 Lost
01/11/94 3 Lahore Pak 29-7-69-3 25-4-60-1 10 & dnb 0 Draw
25/11/94 1 Brisbane Eng 17-3-34-1 35-16-59-0 3* & 9* 0 Won
24/12/94 2 Melbourne Eng 18-5-28-0 4-1-8-0 9 & dnb 0 Won
01/01/95 3 Sydney Eng 17-4-35-0 10-1-55-0 0 & 10* 0 Draw
 
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct
24 225 42* 14.06 0 0 75 5-9 34.75 3 5