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Tony Mann (cricketer)

Anthony Longford Mann (8 November 1945 – 15 November 2019[1]) was an Australian cricketer who played in four Tests from 1977 to 1978.

Tony Mann
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Longford Mann
Born(1945-11-08)8 November 1945
Died15 November 2019(2019-11-15) (aged 74)
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingLegbreak googly
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 4 80
Runs scored 189 2544
Batting average 23.62 24.22
100s/50s 1/0 2/11
Top score 105 110
Balls bowled 552 14802
Wickets 4 200
Bowling average 79.00 34.54
5 wickets in innings 0 5
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/12 6/94
Catches/stumpings 2/- 47/-
Source: ESPNCricInfo

He was only the second man in history to score a century in a Test match after being sent in as nightwatchman.


Born in Middle Swan, Western Australia, Mann was a leg break bowler with a sharp googly. He was almost selected for 1969–70 Australian Second XI Tour of New Zealand when the Test players were in India and South Africa. A useful batsman, he made the Test side during the first season of the Packer schism.

He was selected to play against the touring Indian side, being picked over Jim Higgs due in part because of his better batting. Mann took 3–12 in the first innings of the First Test and also making useful scores of 19 and 26 in a closely fought match. He was less successful in the second innings as a bowler, taking 0–52.[2]

In the Second Test he found the going harder against the Indian batsmen, taking 0–63 and 0–49. However in the second innings, when Australia was chasing 339 to win the game, Mann came to the wicket as nightwatchman when Australia was 1–13 and did not leave until they were 2–172 by which time he had scored 105 runs, helping lay the platform for an Australian victory.[3]

He was used sparingly as a bowler in the Third Test[4] and in the Fourth Test he was dismissed for a pair and took 0–101.[5] He was dropped in favour of fellow West Australian Bruce Yardley for the Fifth Test and never played for Australia again.

His father was Jack Mann, a pioneer of the wine industry in Western Australia.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Townsend, John (15 November 2019). "WA's best all-round cricketer dies after cancer battle". The West Australian. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ 1st test Australia vs India 1977–78 accessed 24 November 2012
  3. ^ 2nd test Australia vs India 1977–78 accessed 24 November 2012
  4. ^ 3rd test Australia vs India 1977–78 accessed 24 November 2012
  5. ^ 4th test Australia vs India 1977–78 accessed 24 November 2012
  6. ^ The Age – Tony Mann: the first nightwatchman century maker

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