Graeme Wood (cricketer)

Graeme Malcolm Wood (born 6 November 1956) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 59 Test matches and 83 One Day Internationals from 1978 to 1989. He scored nine Test centuries in his career, which was a record for a Western Australian until it was surpassed by Justin Langer.

Graeme Wood
Personal information
Full nameGraeme Malcolm Wood
Born (1956-11-06) 6 November 1956 (age 64)[1]
East Fremantle, Western Australia
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingRight arm medium
RoleOpening batsman
RelationsMike Veletta (brother-in-law)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 293)28 January 1978 v India
Last Test29 December 1988 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 46)22 February 1978 v West Indies
Last ODI14 January 1989 v West Indies
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1976/77–1991/92Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 59 83 227 142
Runs scored 3,374 2,219 13,353 3,641
Batting average 31.83 33.62 39.97 31.38
100s/50s 9/13 3/11 35/61 4/18
Top score 172 114* 186* 114*
Balls bowled 0 0 271 30
Wickets 6 0
Bowling average 26.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/18
Catches/stumpings 41/– 17/– 155/– 32/–
Source: Cricinfo, 18 November 2008

International careerEdit

His Test debut came against India as a 21-year-old in 1978. He got his place in the side due to several of Australia's best players defecting to World Series Cricket. Later in the year he toured the West Indies and scored a century in the 1st Test as well as four half-centuries as he finished the Test series with the best run aggregate of 474 runs at 47.40.

He maintained his place in the Australian cricket team for the majority of the early to mid-1980s. He was dropped after the disastrous Ashes tour of England in 1985. After excellent domestic form Wood was recalled in 1988/89 for the Test series against the West Indies. Wood scored 111 and 42 in the second Test, but was dropped after the third Test. Overall his best innings seemed to be against the West Indies, and the Australian selectors always seemed to recall him when a series against them was close. But after 1988 he never appeared in the Test side again.

In first-class cricket, Wood scored 13,353 runs, making 35 centuries and 61 half centuries. As the captain of Western Australia he led the team to victory in three Sheffield Shield finals and another in the limited overs competition.

Other sportsEdit

Prior to making his Test debut in 1978, Wood played Australian rules football for the East Fremantle Football Club in the West Australian National Football League, playing 14 games between 1975 and 1977.[2]

AdministrationEdit

In February 2007 Wood became chief executive of the Western Australian Cricket Association. He retired from the WACA in October 2011, replaced by Christina Matthews.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Graeme Wood at ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ Every East Fremantle Player, iprimus.com, Retrieved 12 October 2007

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