Colin McCool

Colin Leslie McCool (9 December 1916 – 5 April 1986) was an Australian cricketer who played in 14 Tests from 1946 to 1950. McCool, born in Paddington, New South Wales, was an all-rounder who bowled leg spin and googlies with a round arm action and as a lower order batsman was regarded as effective square of the wicket and against spin bowling.[1] He made his Test début against New Zealand in 1946, taking a wicket with his second delivery.[1] He was part of Donald Bradman's Invincibles team that toured England in 1948 but injury saw him miss selection in any of the Test matches.[1]

Colin McCool
Personal information
Full nameColin Leslie McCool
Born(1916-12-09)9 December 1916
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Died5 April 1986(1986-04-05) (aged 69)
Concord, New South Wales, Australia
BattingRight-hand batsman
BowlingRight-arm leg spin
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 166)29 March 1946 v New Zealand
Last Test3 March 1950 v South Africa
Domestic team information
1939/40–1940/41New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 14 251
Runs scored 459 12,421
Batting average 35.30 32.85
100s/50s 1/1 18/66
Top score 104* 172
Balls bowled 2,504 35,227
Wickets 36 602
Bowling average 26.61 27.47
5 wickets in innings 3 34
10 wickets in match   2
Best bowling 5/41 8/74
Catches/stumpings 14/– 263/2
Source: CricketArchive, 22 December 2007

A good tour of South Africa in 1949–50 was followed by a lack of opportunity in the next two seasons, leading McCool to sign a contract to play professional cricket in the Lancashire League in 1953.[2] Three years later, Somerset County Cricket Club recruited McCool where he was a success, especially as a middle-order batsman; he played five seasons and saw the club achieve its highest place in the County Championship since 1892.[3] He retired from cricket in 1960 and returned to Australia to work as a market gardener.[1] He died in Concord, New South Wales on 5 April 1986.[1]

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