Local cricketers inspired by visit of Australian Test legend

STEADY EYE: Flora Cassidy keeps a close watch on a delivery during the Cricketing Greats Coaching Clinic in Emerald on Tuesday.
STEADY EYE: Flora Cassidy keeps a close watch on a delivery during the Cricketing Greats Coaching Clinic in Emerald on Tuesday. Sam Woods Emecric

THEY might be generations apart but if anyone could teach these kids how to take more wickets in a match, it would this man: former Australian Test cricketer Geoff Dymock.

The veteran paceman holds the enviable record as one of just a handful of bowlers to dismiss all 11 batsmen in a Test match. He stopped by the Central Highlands for a skills and drills coaching clinic on Tuesday.

Dymock said what many modern-day pundits didn't realise about that record-equalling 1979 Test match in India (where he finished with phenomenal figures of 12/166) was that one innings prior, he copped an absolute hammering - smashed for 1/87.

It wasn't until the end of the day's play and a few words of comfort from then-wicketkeeper Kevin Wright, that Dymock's fortune changed for the better.

Former Australian Test cricketer Geoff Dymock (right).
Former Australian Test cricketer Geoff Dymock (right). Chrissy Harris

"He came up to me and said, and I still remember it now because it was very touching, 'Geoff, that was the gutsiest performance I have ever seen on a cricket field'," Dymock said.

These days, Dymock spends his time visiting schools and cricket clubs around the country. From his first-hand experience as a 17-year-old cricketer in country Queensland, he knows hearing from a pro can have a profound impact. "A fast bowler, Len Pascoe, turned up at my school and gave us a few points," he said.

"I went home, practised, and not long after was making representative sides."

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