Former Australian bowler and influential coach Bruce Yardley died on Wednesday (March 27) at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer.
Using a distinctive long run-up better associated with pace bowling and employing his middle finger rather than his index finger to get the ball to turn, Yardley went on to take 126 wickets for Australia in 33 test matches. He also picked up 344 wickets in a first class career that spanned 24 years.
“Bruce was a significant figure in Australian cricket, contributing in many ways on and off the field,” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said in a statement. “As a player, it took him more than 10 years of persistence playing first class and Premier cricket to find the art of off-spin, earning him a test debut at the age of 30.
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