INTRODUCTION: Cricket - and bad news for England's batsmen. Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson, who?
INTRODUCTION: Cricket - and bad news for England's batsmen. Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson, who badly dislocated his right shoulder during a test match against Pakistan in December, passed a fitness test at the Sydney cricket ground on Wednesday (6 April). Thomson, regarded as possibly the world's fastest bowler before injuring his shoulder, bowled four overs at half pace in the practice nets, and afterwards said the shoulder was fine.
SYNOPSIS: Thomson used only a short run-up and was watched by Australian selector Neil Harvey as he bowled to New South Wales state director of cricket coaching, Peter Spence. Thomson felt confident enough to send down one or two fast deliveries. Following England's good batting performances in the centenary test match in Melbourne in March, Australia will be relying heavily on their pace attack for the forthcoming test series in England. With Dennis Lillee injured, Australia's bowling hopes could lie with Thomson. Much may have depened on this trial, but Thomson, as ever, was very casual about it. He undergoes a similar work-out in Brisbane on Monday the 18th (April), three days before the 17-man squad leaves for Britain.