Cricket

Former Australia spinner dies

2019-03-28 10:00

Perth - Former Australian Test star Bruce Yardley, who was later regarded as one of the world's leading spin-bowling coaches, has died aged 71 after a battle with cancer.

The West Australian played 33 Tests and was his country's first-choice spinner in the 1980s, taking 126 wickets at an average of 31.63.

He was also handy with the bat, holding the Australian record for the quickest Test fifty for 38 years.

Known as "Roo", Yardley was equally well known for coaching Sri Lanka in the 1990s and being a big influence on the greatest Test wicket-taker of all time - Muttiah Muralitharan.

Yardley, who was the international cricketer of the year in 1981, was reportedly the man who advised the Sri Lankan great to start bowling his famous "Doosra" delivery.

"Bruce was a significant figure in Australian cricket, contributing in many ways on and off the field," said Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts after his death on Wednesday.

"As a player, it took him more than 10 years of persistence playing first-class and premier cricket to find the art of off-spin, earning him a Test debut at the age of 30.

"Off the field, Bruce had an infectious personality and was regarded as one of the best spin-bowing coaches in the world."

Former West Australian team-mate Geoff Marsh said Yardley had a real love of the game.

"I was only very young when he was playing, but he was always one of those guys who had the ability to settle everyone down in the changeroom in a pressure situation," he told broadcaster ABC.

"He was a very funny man. He had a real passion for the game of cricket, a real love for cricket ... I can't speak highly enough of the guy."

Read more on:    sri lanka  |  australia  |  bruce yardley  |  cricket

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Who will win this year's Cricket World Cup?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.