Eric Freeman (cricketer)

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Eric Freeman
Personal information
Full name Eric Walter Freeman
Born (1944-07-13) 13 July 1944 (age 73)
Semaphore, South Australia, Australia
Nickname Fritzy
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut 19 January 1968 v India
Last Test 19 February 1970 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1964/65 – 1973/74 South Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs FC LA
Matches 11 83 8
Runs scored 345 2244 57
Batting average 19.16 19.17 9.50
100s/50s –/2 1/9 –/–
Top score 76 116 21
Balls bowled 2183 14281 418
Wickets 34 241 8
Bowling average 33.17 27.75 28.25
5 wickets in innings 7
10 wickets in match n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 4/52 8/47 3/29
Catches/stumpings 5/– –/– 60/– 3/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 September 2011

Eric "Fritzy" Freeman (born 13 July 1944, Semaphore, South Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 11 Tests from 1968 to 1970.[1] He was also a leading Australian rules footballer with Port Adelaide Football Club being fourth in the clubs all time goalkickers.[2]

He played cricket for South Australia from 1964-65 to 1973-74. He toured with Australian teams to New Zealand in 1966-67, England in 1968, and India and South Africa in 1969-70. His only first-class century was 116 for the Australians against Northamptonshire in 1968, scored in 90 minutes with five sixes and 13 fours.[3] His best bowling figures were 8 for 47 for South Australia against the New Zealand team in 1967-68 (11 for 97 in the match).[4]

Eric Freeman was the first batsman in test history to get off the mark in his test career by scoring a six.Up to date,only 5 batsmen have achieved that feat in test cricket.[5][6][7]

Following his retirement from playing, Freeman was a commentator and statistician on cricket and football for ABC Radio in Adelaide until his retirement in 2010.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eric Freeman". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  2. ^ Freeman (Port Adelaide) Biography at Full Points Footy
  3. ^ Wisden 1969, p. 291.
  4. ^ Wisden 1969, p. 860.
  5. ^ "Debutant de Silva joins exclusive club". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  6. ^ "Six and in: Debutant’s rare feat against Aussies". The Courier Mail. 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  7. ^ Unwalla, Shiamak (2014-06-12). "Mark Craig and other batsmen who smashed six off first ball faced in an innings". Cricket Country. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  8. ^ Eric Freeman puts down his stats pencil

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