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Robert John Inverarity (born 31 January 1944) is a former Australian cricketer who played six Test matches for Australia.[1] A right-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spin bowler in his playing career, Inverarity was also one of the enduring captains in the Australian Sheffield Shield during the late 1970s and early 1980s, captaining both Western Australia and South Australia.

John Inverarity
Personal information
Full nameRobert John Inverarity
Born (1944-01-31) 31 January 1944 (age 75)
Subiaco, Western Australia
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RelationsM Inverarity (father)
AJ Inverarity (daughter)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 246)25 July 1968 v England
Last Test10 August 1972 v England
Domestic team information
1962–1979Western Australia
1979–1985South Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA
Matches 6 223 30
Runs scored 174 11,777 11777
Batting average 17.39 35.90 35.90
100s/50s 0/1 26/60 26/60
Top score 56 187 187
Balls bowled 372 16,840 16840
Wickets 4 221 221
Bowling average 23.25 30.67 30.67
5 wickets in innings 0 7 7
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/26 7/86 7/86
Catches/stumpings 4/- 251/- 251/-
Source: CricketArchive, 19 January 2013

Inverarity was chairman of selectors for Cricket Australia from 2011 to 2014.[2]


Cricket careerEdit

He played in six Tests between 1968 and 1972 and played first class cricket for Western Australia, South Australia and Australia over a period of twenty-three years between 1962 and 1985.[3] As a state player, he captained Western Australia to Sheffield Shield glory four times in five years. When his teaching career took him to Adelaide his new team of South Australia went on to win the Shield in 1981–82. Batting at the Adelaide Oval he was involved in one of the most unusual "dismissals" in cricket history. After being clean-bowled for a duck by Greg Chappell - the ball deviating in mid-air - he was recalled to bat by umpire Colin Egar who signalled dead-ball, literally; the ball had deflected off a now-deceased unlucky local sparrow. [1] After retiring from cricket in 1985 (aged 41) he continued teaching, before going into coaching on the English county scene with Kent and Warwickshire.

The Inverarity Stand (centre-left) at the WACA Ground

To recognise his contribution to the state team, the Western Australian Cricket Association named a stand at the WACA cricket ground in his honour. The stand, built in 1970 for the WACA's inaugural Test and initially named the "Test Stand", was later renamed to the "Inverarity-Western Underwriters Stand".

In 2011, Inverarity was named as the new full-time chairman of selectors for Cricket Australia, beating a high-profile field including Geoff Lawson, Tom Moody, Rod Marsh and chairman Trevor Hohns.


Inverarity began his career as a teacher during the twilight years of his cricketing career. He taught at various prestigious independent schools (including stints at Tonbridge School and King's College School in the United Kingdom[4]) and also served as Vice-Principal at Pembroke School (1981–1988) in Adelaide and Guildford Grammar School, and Headmaster of Hale School (1989–2003) in Perth.[5] In 2001, the new music and drama centre at Hale was named in his honour - The John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre. In 2006, he appointed warden of St George's College, a residential college of the University of Western Australia.[5] He was also appointed as a member of the University Senate by the Governor Ken Michael.


His father was Merv Inverarity, a Western Australian first-class cricketer during the 1930s and '40s and later senior administrator within the Western Australian Cricket Association.

Inverarity's daughter Alison Inverarity was an Olympic high jumper, representing Australia at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.



Australian stateEdit

Career highlightsEdit


  • Test Debut: vs England, Leeds, 1968
  • Last Test: vs England, The Oval, 1972
  • Inverarity's best Test batting score of 56 was made against England, The Oval, 1968
  • His best Test bowling figures of 3 for 26 came against England, Leeds, 1972


  1. ^ Cricinfo Player Profile : John Inverarity
  2. ^ "Rod Marsh replaces John Inverarity as Australian cricket's chairman of selectors". ABC. 2 May 2014.
  3. ^ HowSTAT! statistical profile of John Inverarity
  4. ^ "Sport's lessons for life". 11 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Brettig, Daniel (29 October 2011). "Inver, the great communicator". ESPNcricinfo.