|Full name||Anthony Ross Dell|
6 August 1947 |
Lymington, Hampshire, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Left-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut||12 February 1971 v England|
|Last Test||29 December 1973 v New Zealand|
Dell was a fast-medium seam bowler who made his debut against England for the vital Seventh Test at Sydney in the 1970-71 Ashes series. With Australia needing to win he opened the bowling with Dennis Lillee and took 2-32 in the first innings - John Edrich caught by Greg Chappell for 30 and Basil d'Oliveira bowled for 1 - as England collapsed to 98-5 and 184 all out. In the second innings he was the best bowler with 3-65, but England made 302 and 223 was too much for Australia to make for victory. Dell batted last and made 3 not out in each innings and so was present at the crease when The Ashes were lost. His five wickets (19.40) put him ahead of Dennis Lillee (8 wickets at 24.87) at the top of the series averages, if you exclude Ian Chappell's one wicket for 10.00. His only other test was the First against New Zealand at Melbourne in 1973-74 where he did not bat, but took 1-54 and 0-9 in Australia's innings victory.
Educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School, Dell served in the Vietnam War as a National Serviceman in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment from 19 May 1967 until 26 March 1968. After his military service, Dell suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), undiagnosed till 2008. Dell founded the PTSD support group Stand Tall for PTS. Stand Tall For PTS was the official charity partner of the Prime Minister's XI match at Manuka Oval on 14 January 2015 versus the English cricket team.
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