Keith Stackpole - Australia - Test Profile 1966-74

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Date: 29 June 1972

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Keith STACKPOLE - Australia - Test Profile 1966-74

Keith Stackpole, who followed his father into the Victorian side in 1959-60, was first chosen for Australia as a leg-spinning all-rounder, but was turned into a belligerent opening batsman with a liking for forcing strokes off the back foot. In the 1972 Ashes series, which marked the beginning of an era of Aussie dominance under the captaincy of Ian Chappell, he scored 485 Test runs at an average of 53.88. He made his debut against England at Adelaide in 1965-66, batting at number eight because of a nightwatchman, scoring 43 and taking 2-33. He toured South Africa in 1966-67 under Bobby Simpson, scoring 134 in Cape Town but otherwise failing to impress.


He bowled regularly but with little success. Not until the West Indies were in Australia in 1968-69 did he return to the side, and was promoted to opening batsman in the third Test, making three fifties in four innings. In India in 1969 he made 103 in Bombay, and his 71 in Durban was the highlight of the dismal Australian performance in South Africa which followed. His Test place was under threat at the start of a 1970-71 Ashes series, but the 207 he made at Brisbane cemented it, although there was controversy as he appeared to have been easily run out at 18.


He made 87 and 136 at Adelaide. In England in 1972 his best score was his 114 at Trent Bridge. He made 44 and 142 in Jamaica in 1972-73, and 122 at Melbourne against New Zealand in 1973-74 before an early retirement. In the unofficial series against the Rest of the World of 1971-72 he made 135 at Brisbane and 104 and 95 in Sydney. Stackpole played in the first ODIs between England and Australia, scoring 52 at Lord's and 67 at Edgbaston in 1972. (Bob Harragan)