Tom Moody

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Tom Moody
Tom Moody Sunrisers.jpg
Moody in 2017
Personal information
Full nameThomas Masson Moody
Born (1965-10-02) 2 October 1965 (age 55)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
NicknameMoods, Big Tom, Moonshine
Height200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsDavid Moody (nephew)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 348)24 November 1989 v New Zealand
Last Test8 September 1992 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 98)9 October 1987 v India
Last ODI24 October 1999 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
1985/86–2000/01Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 8 76
Runs scored 456 1,211
Batting average 32.57 23.28
100s/50s 2/3 0/10
Top score 106 89
Balls bowled 432 2,797
Wickets 2 52
Bowling average 73.50 38.73
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/17 3/25
Catches/stumpings 9/– 21/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 May 2005

Thomas Masson Moody (born 2 October 1965), known as Tom Moody, is Sri Lanka's cricket director and former international cricketer. He is the Director of Cricket for the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad as well.[1] He was the Head coach of the team till 2019. He has been appointed head coach of the Bangladesh Premier League franchise Rangpur Riders for the next three seasons of the tournament from 2017 as well as the head coach of the Multan Sultans in the PSL starting from 2018. In 2017, he applied for the Head coach of Indian Cricket Team.

Early life[edit]

Schooled at Guildford Grammar School in Perth, where his father was headmaster, he exhibited talent for athletics (particularly the high jump) and Australian rules football but excelled at cricket. He was 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.

Playing career[edit]

"Long" Tom Moody, so nicknamed for his 1.99 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.[2]

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.[3][4]

In 1994, he along with Tim Curtis set the record for the highest ever partnership for the 3rd wicket in List A cricket history (309*)[5][6]

Coaching career[edit]

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. He coached Kings XI Punjab for the first season of Indian Premier League. Trevor Penney, England's fielding coach during the 2005 Ashes series and assistant to Moody in Sri Lanka, will join as assistant coach.[7] 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 then began cricket commentary around the world as well as covering some Australian Test and ODI Cricket for Channel Nine and the Big Bash League for Channel Ten.

Moody still regularly commentates on both television and radio throughout the Australian international and domestic season.

In December 2012, it was announced that Moody would coach the new IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad team.[8] Over the course of 2013-2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad have reached the qualifier rounds five times and won the championship in 2016.

Moody's long involvement in the game has been recognised over the recent years with appointments to two significant consultancy roles. The first being appointed as the International Director of Cricket for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)[9] and the second being appointed in 2014 as Director of Cricket with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.[10] On 22 September 2017 it was announced that Moody would be appointed as the head coach of the newest team in the Pakistan Super League for the upcoming 2018 season, the Multan Sultans.[11]

In June 2019, he was named as the coach of the Montreal Tigers franchise team for the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[12]

For the IPL 2020 Moody was replaced with Trevor Bayliss as the Head Coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad. However on 15 December 2020 it was again announced that Moody will be the Director of Cricket of Sunrisers Hyderabad for 2021 Season of the IPL. He has a huge fan base in the city of Hyderabad.[13]

Tom Moody's Test career batting performance.


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  2. ^ "Most Runs in a Season for Worcestershire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 December 2006.
  3. ^ "A knight to remember". Cricinfo. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  4. ^ Brenkley, Stephen (13 June 1999). "World Cup – Long Tom the talisman". The Independent. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Semi-Final: Surrey v Worcestershire at The Oval, Aug 9, 1994 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Records | List A matches | Partnership records | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Moody returns home to coach Retravision Warriors". 14 May 2007. Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  8. ^ Moody to coach SunRisers Hyderabad
  9. ^ "Moody takes CPL role, open to England". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Moody appointed Renegades' director of cricket". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  11. ^ Faizan Lakhani (22 September 2017). "Tom Moody appointed head coach of Multan Sultans". Geo News. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Toronto Nationals sign up Yuvraj Singh for Global T20 Canada". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  13. ^


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tim Curtis
Worcestershire County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Graeme Hick
Preceded by
John Dyson
Head coach of Sri Lankan national cricket team
Succeeded by
Trevor Bayliss