|Full name||Thomas Masson Moody|
2 October 1965 |
|Height||2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Relations||David Moody (nephew)|
|Test debut (cap 348)||24-28 November 1989 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||8-13 September 1992 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 98)||9 October 1987 v India|
|Last ODI||24 October 1999 v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 16 May 2005|
Schooled at Guildford Grammar School in Perth, where his father was headmaster, he exhibited great talent for athletics (particularly the high jump) and Australian rules football but truly excelled at cricket being selected to train with the 1st XI side (usually made up of year twelve students) at just thirteen, and play with them the following year. Upon leaving school he moved immediately into Western Australian Grade Cricket with the Midland-Guildford team and in the winter months pursued overseas experience as a young pro in the Northern leagues in England.
"Long" Tom Moody, so nicknamed for his 2.00 metre (six foot six inch) height, began his first class career in the 1985/86 season with Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield and also played in England with Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Captaining WA and Worcester to various trophies, Moody, an aggressive and fast scoring batsman, scored over 20,000 first class runs and hit 64 centuries; he was also a useful medium pace bowler. His 1,387 List A runs for Worcestershire in 1991 is a record for the county.
He played eight Test matches for Australia between 1989 and 1992, although he had more success with Australia's one-day team, appearing in three World Cups and two finals – 1987 and 1999 – alongside Steve Waugh. He was even more successful when he threw a haggis the distance of 230 feet in 1989.
Since retirement in 2001, Moody has coached, been an Australian cricketer's representative and for several years held the post of director of cricket with Worcestershire. In May 2005 he was appointed coach of the Sri Lankan national team and he led them to the final of the 2007 world cup before leaving the post.
On 14 May 2007, the WACA announced Moody's appointment as manager and head coach of the Western Warriors for the next three years. Trevor Penney, England's fielding coach during the 2005 Ashes series and assistant to Moody in Sri Lanka, will join as assistant coach. However Moody announced in March 2010 that he would not seek a new contract after the 2009–2010 season. Under Moody, WA qualified for one final in three seasons, in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, in his first season which it lost to Victoria.
He is a cricket commentator who commentates around the world as well as some Australian Test and ODI Cricket for Channel Nine and the Big Bash League for Channel Ten.
- "Most Runs in a Season for Worcestershire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "A knight to remember". Cricinfo. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
- Brenkley, Stephen (13 June 1999). "World Cup – Long Tom the talisman". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
- "Moody returns home to coach Retravision Warriors". 2007-05-14. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
- Moody to coach SunRisers Hyderabad
- Benaud, Richie (1991). Border & Co: A Tribute To Cricket's World Champions. Hamlyn Australia. ISBN 0-947334-31-9.
- Player Profile: Tom Moody on ESPN Cricinfo
|Worcestershire County Cricket Captain
|Head coach of Sri Lankan national cricket team