Wayne Clark (cricketer)
|Full name||Wayne Maxwell Clark|
19 September 1953 |
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 253)||2 December 1977 v India|
|Last Test||10 March 1979 v Pakistan|
|Only ODI (cap 40)||22 February 1978 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricket Archive, 4 September 2012|
Clark had a successful debut for West Australia and immediately made an impression. In his first eight first class games he took 30 wickets at an average of 28. This saw him receive an offer from Kerry Packer to be a part of World Series Cricket (WSC). He eventually turned it down.
Clark took eight wickets in the first two games of the 1977-78 summer and was rewarded by selection in the Australian side against India for the first test. His bowling was crucial in helping Australia win the game.
Clark continued to play an important role in Australia's success that summer. In January he suffered a bad back injury that saw him miss a Shield game.
Clark played in four tests against the West Indies.
He played 10 tests and 2 ODIs during the WSC era. When the WSC cricket players were available for selection again, Clark was unable to win back his place in the Australian team.
Clark was the centre of controversy during Australia's 1978 tour of the West Indies when local umpire Douglas Sang Hue publicly expressed his doubts about the legality of Clark and team mate Bruce Yardley's bowling, although neither had ever been called for throwing before. This statement and the no balling of Yardley for throwing in a tour match led to Sang Hue's appointment to umpire the 5th and final Test of the series to be withdrawn, which in turn led to anger from the West Indian public who believed Sang Hue was replaced at the Australian team's request.
Clark was the coach of the Western Warriors. In January 2007, it was announced that Clark would step down from his role as Western Australian coach, a role he has had for ten seasons over two stints. He has guided Western Australia to two Pura Cups and 3 One Day Domestic championships in his tenure as coach.
He was also the coach of Yorkshire from 2001-2002 where he led them to their first County Championship title for 33 years in 2001. The following season were relegated form division one but still managed to win the C & G Trophy, a first Lord's final win since 1987. Yorkshire decided to restructure the coaching staff and Clark was offered the position of Bowling Coach for the 2003 season but declined and left the club at the end of 2002.
In 2010, Clark joined Perth radio station 91.3 Sport FM's 'Sports Breakfast' team alongside Corbin Middlemas, as well as continuing his expert commentary for their Sheffield Shield broadcasts.
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- "CLARK OUT OF W.A. TEAM.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 14 January 1978. p. 1 Section: SPORTS SECTION. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- "Clark back in Test side: Laughlin hurt.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 9 March 1979. p. 35. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
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