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).
GV Australian bowler Jeff Thomson walks back and turns to bowl
GV PAN SLOW MOTION Thomson runs in to bowl and oversteps crease
SV Thomson being no-balled by umpire Harold Bird
SV Thomson runs up to bowl and hit for four runs aimd jeers from crowd (2 shots)
GV Thomson runs up, bowls erratic ball which goes through slips for four byes.
SV Thomson walks back and turns for run-in
GV PAN SLOW MOTION Thomson runs in and over-steps crease again
SV Thomson getting no-balled again by umpire Bird
GV Thomson bowling and being no-balled
GV Mick Malone bowling to Richards, who skies ball and is caught by Hookes
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Background: 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.