Rick McCosker

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Rick McCosker
Personal information
Full name Richard Bede McCosker
Born (1946-12-11) 11 December 1946 (age 68)
Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg-break
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 272) 4 January 1975 v England
Last Test 6 February 1980 v England
ODI debut (cap 29) 7 June 1975 v Pakistan
Last ODI 17 January 1982 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1973/74–1983/84 New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 25 14 127 39
Runs scored 1622 320 8983 1249
Batting average 39.56 22.85 44.03 33.75
100s/50s 4/9 –/ 27/43 2/7
Top score 127 95 168 164
Balls bowled 295
Wickets 2
Bowling average 88.50
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/28
Catches/stumpings 21/– 2/– 144/– 3/–
Source: CricketArchive, 19 November 2011

Richard Bede McCosker (born 11 December 1946, Inverell, New South Wales) is a former New South Wales and Australian cricketer.

McCosker played in 25 Tests and 14 One Day Internationals in a career spanning 1975 to 1982 playing as a right hand batsman.

He is well remembered for playing in the 1977 Centenary Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after he had his jaw broken by a bouncer off Bob Willis in the 1st innings. In the second innings he batted at number ten in bandages with his jaw wired shut, making 25, and 54 for the ninth wicket in partnership with Rod Marsh. Australia won the match by 45 runs.

He also played in the World Series Cricket team, and was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1976.

He is depicted by Aidan March in the Channel 9 series Howzat! Kerry Packer's War.

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