Malcolm Francke

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Malcolm Francke
Cricket information
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingLegbreak googly
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 61 12
Runs scored 696 50
Batting average 10.54 12.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 37* 26
Balls bowled 12090 636
Wickets 178 17
Bowling average 31.02 22.47
5 wickets in innings 8 -
10 wickets in match 1 N/A
Best bowling 6-62 4-23
Catches/stumpings 31/0 4/-

Fredrick Malcolm Francke (21 March 1939 in Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka) is a former Australian first-class cricketer who played for Queensland.

A leg spinner, Francke played for Ceylon in 1957/58, and worked and played cricket in England for several years prior to migrating to Australia. He reports having had offers to play first-class county cricket in England but chose not to because it would have been a full-time commitment requiring him to suspend his career as an accountant. He represented Queensland from 1971/72 to 1985/86, making his debut against a touring World XI side.[1] Francke dismissed Clive Lloyd twice and also took the wickets of captain Rohan Kanhai and Sunil Gavaskar. He went on to take a total of 167 career first class wickets for Queensland with an innings best of 6 for 62 against South Australia in 1974.

In a 1977 article Ian Chappell called Francke "a very steady type of spinner, with good line and length, but I can't really see him bowling out Test batsmen. As well, he is getting on in years."[2]

He appeared to have played his last game in 1980 but made a return 6 years later to play in the 1985/86 Sheffield Shield season.[3][4]

In 1975 he was part of a rebel tour of South Africa, playing for the Brian Close-led DH Robins XI.

Leading Australian spinner Ashley Mallett considered Francke to be the best legspinner in Australia during his time and was disappointed Francke never played Test cricket.[5] He had been mentioned in particular as a test chance in 1972/73[6] and 1973/74[7] and 74/75.[8]

In September 2018, he was one of 49 former Sri Lankan cricketers felicitated by Sri Lanka Cricket, to honour them for their services before Sri Lanka became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six team changes by Queensland". The Canberra Times. 17 November 1971. p. 32. Retrieved 15 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Chappell, Ian (January 1977). "England 1977... Ian Chappell Predicts". Cricketer. p. 21.
  3. ^ "Qld reels against Sth Australia". The Canberra Times. 23 December 1985. p. 36. Retrieved 15 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Kiwi top-order puts India on the slide". The Canberra Times. 24 January 1986. p. 1 Section: SPORTS SECTION. Retrieved 15 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Mallett, p. 158.
  6. ^ "WEST INDIES TOUR Test hopes have days left". The Canberra Times. 15 December 1972. p. 22. Retrieved 15 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Queensland hopes rest on Chappell". The Canberra Times. 6 February 1974. p. 28. Retrieved 15 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Test selectors prefer experienced players". The Canberra Times. 25 November 1974. p. 16. Retrieved 15 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket to felicitate 49 past cricketers". Sri Lanka Cricket. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  10. ^ "SLC launched the program to felicitate ex-cricketers". Sri Lanka Cricket. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

Sources[edit]

  • Mallett, A. (1993) Clarrie Grimmett: The Bradman of spin, University of Queensland Press: Brisbane. ISBN 0 7022 2531 2.

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