Graeme Beard

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Graeme Beard
Personal information
Full name Graeme Robert Beard
Born (1950-08-19) 19 August 1950 (age 66)
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Right-arm off-break
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 308) 27 February 1980 v Pakistan
Last Test 18 March 1980 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 65) 31 January 1981 v New Zealand
Last ODI 1 February 1981 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1975–1982 New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 3 2 54 19
Runs scored 114 - 1441 61
Batting average 22.80 - 23.62 10.16
100s/50s -/- -/- -/11 -/-
Top score 49 - 75 23
Balls bowled 259 112 10321 888
Wickets 1 4 125 25
Bowling average 109.00 17.50 28.19 25.96
5 wickets in innings - 7
10 wickets in match - 1
Best bowling 1/26 2/20 5/33 3/33
Catches/stumpings -/– -/– 22/– 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 20 January 2015

Graeme Robert Beard (born 19 August 1950 in Auburn, New South Wales, Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 3 Tests and 2 ODIs from 1980 to 1981.

Beard made his debut for New South Wales in 1975 against the touring West Indies cricket team. He played as a batsman in this match and scored 0 and 0. He later established himself in the NSW side in the 1979–80 series as an all-rounder, who bowled off spin and medium pace, and was chosen to go on tour with the national Australian side to Pakistan. He played in all three Test matches of that tour playing a few dogged innings (39 and 49 in the 3rd Test at Lahore) and took one wicket (1 for 26 in the 3rd Test).

Beard was called up by Australian one day side during the 1980–81 World Series Cup competition. He played his only two matches during the finals series versus New Zealand, the second match being the infamous underarm bowling incident. Beard went on the Ashes tour 1981 as a squad player and did not play in the Tests.

After the 1981–82 season Beard left first-class cricket and his other job as a teacher to work for the Australian Workers' Union.[1]

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