Leonard Stephen Pascoe (born 13 February 1950, Bridgetown, Western Australia, as Leonard Stephen Durtanovich)[1] is a former Australian Test and ODI cricketer. He was educated at Punchbowl Boys' High School in New South Wales, where he was a classmate of Jeff Thomson.[2] The two of them would form a close friendship, playing cricket together at club, state and test level.

Len Pascoe
Personal information
Full nameLeonard Stephen Pascoe
Born (1950-02-13) 13 February 1950 (age 69)
Bridgetown, Western Australia, Australia
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 277)16 June 1977 v England
Last Test30 January 1982 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 35)2 June 1977 v England
Last ODI20 February 1982 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
1975–1984New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 14 29 80 41
Runs scored 106 39 502 50
Batting average 10.59 9.75 8.96 8.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 30* 15* 51* 15*
Balls bowled 3403 3403 15460 2145
Wickets 64 53 309 69
Bowling average 26.06 20.11 25.60 20.52
5 wickets in innings 1 1 12 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 5/59 5/30 8/41 5/28
Catches/stumpings 2/– 6/– 23/– 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 16 December 2009

Pascoe played in 14 Tests and 29 ODIs between 1977 and 1982, during which time he transferred to World Series Cricket.[3] In the 1980 Centenary Test at The Oval in London, he took 5/59 in the 1st innings. Pascoe retired from international cricket due to a knee injury after the 1981/82 Frank Worrell Trophy series in Australia.

Geoff Lawson spoke in his autobiography Henry of how Pascoe, as the son of Macedonian[4][5] immigrants, was often subject to baiting about his ethnicity during matches, especially from brothers Ian and Greg Chappell. He once stated that "a tiger never changes its spots" in response to wicketkeeper Rod Marsh’s comment, “I thought you were going to bowl more bouncers.”[5] Pascoe is a popular after dinner speaker.[5]

Pascoe has spoken of an incident when he hit an Indian cricketer during the 1981-82 series, which he has stated changed him as a cricketer and stated afterwards that he wanted to retire, which he did 3 tests later.[6]

In November 2017, after returning home from a tour of South Australia and Western Australia with former teammates Doug Walters and Jeff Thomson, it was reported that Pascoe had been diagnosed with an infection of cryptococcal gattii and had to spend three weeks in a hospital in Sydney for treatment.[7]

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  1. ^ "Take up thy bed and bat". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  2. ^ Moore, Tony (23 October 2015). "Cricket greats' tall tales bring light to dark battle with depression, PTSD". Brisbane Times.
  3. ^ Cricinfo – Players and Officials – Len Pascoe
  4. ^ Peter, Hill. (1989) The Macedonians in Australia, Hesperian Press, Carlisle, pp.131
  5. ^ a b c Mustafi, Suvajit (13 February 2017). "Len Pascoe: 23 facts about the fearsome Australian pacer of Yugoslavian origin". Cricket Country. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. ^ "The contradictory fear of the fast bowler". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Pascoe's Close Call". The Age. 24 November 2017. p. 48.