INTRODUCTION: Australia's feared fast bowler, Jeff Thomson ran into more problems with his run-up during the match against Somerest at bath on wednesday (18 May).
INTRODUCTION: Australia's feared fast bowler, Jeff Thomson ran into more problems with his run-up during the match against Somerest at bath on wednesday (18 May). He repeatedly over-stepped the crease and was no-balled 15 times by Test umpire Harold 'Dickie' Bird.
SYNOPSIS: It was only the second spell of bowling for the 26-year-old Queenslander and his problems began almost from the start.
In his first match, against Kent at Canterbury, he was no-balled four times in the last of his three overs. At Bath, however, his run-up problems were far worse.
To add to his troubles, Thomson was clearly disturbed by the Bath crowd of 5,000 which took the opportunity Harold 'Dickie' Bird's decisions with their own calls.
His third over at Bath cost 23 runs three from no-balls, four from byes and the rest in boundaries, hit by Somerest opener Peter Debbing.
Thomson was no-balled more than a hundred times during the Australians' 1975 tour of England, and so far this summer has been called 19 times in 10 overs. He has yet to take a wicket. Australian skipper Greg Chappell says he is unconcerned about Thomson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury he received in Adelaide in December. It will be a test of Chappell's management if Thomson continues to have trouble because he needs the fast bowler in peak form and confidence to keep the Ashes.
After an hour-long spell Chappell replaced Thomson with Mick Malone, who captured the valuable wicket of West Indian Viv Richards.