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Australian Cricket is mourning the death of former Australian and Victorian fast bowler Alan Thomson who died in Melbourne aged 76.
Thomson played four Tests for Australia in the 1970-71 Ashes series against England taking 12 wickets at an average of 54.5 and scoring 22 runs at an average of 22.
Widely known for his unorthodox whirlwind bowling action, Thomson was a mainstay of the Victorian attack that won the 1969-70 Sheffield Shield and an outstanding performer for the Fitzroy Cricket Club.
Dr Lachlan Henderson, Cricket Australia Chair said:
“Cricket Australia is saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Thomson. “Froggy”, as he was known to many, was an outstanding contributor to Australian and, particularly, Victorian cricket.
“While Alan will be fondly remembered for his unorthodox bowling action, the skill he displayed in playing four Tests for Australia and as a member of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield-winning team of 1969-70 should not be forgotten.
“Alan also holds a special place in history having taken the very first One Day International wicket – that of Geoffrey Boycott.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the Thomson family as well as Alan’s friends and former teammates.”