|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Relations||D Emerson (sister)
RA Emerson (brother-in-law)
|Domestic team information|
|Source: , 24 July 2013|
He began his first-class career in 1974 with Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield and came to international prominence when he was chosen for the Australian national team to tour England in 1981. In that series he took 42 Test wickets, including nine on debut, the biggest haul in a series since Jim Laker's 46 in 1956 and the fourth-highest total of all time. Alderman's 42 wickets is the record for the most wickets taken in a series without taking 10 wickets in a match. He was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in the Almanack's 1982 edition.
Alderman took part in an unofficial Australian tour of South Africa in 1985–86 and 1986–87, when that country was banned from Test cricket as a Commonwealth anti-apartheid sanction. As a result, he received a 3-year ban from international cricket which disqualified him from playing in the 1985 Ashes series in England.
Alderman returned to the Australian side and had great success in England in 1989, taking 41 wickets in the series, and also claimed 16 on his final Ashes appearance in 1990/91. He rarely enjoyed similar success in matches against other countries. He ended his career with 170 Test wickets.
He was a poor batsman, passing fifty just once in his career and averaging barely eight in first-class cricket. He had three seasons in English county cricket, with Kent (1984 and 1986) and then with Gloucestershire (1988). He now works as a radio commentator in Australia.
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