Keith Stackpole

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Keith Stackpole
Personal information
Full name Keith Raymond Stackpole
Born (1940-07-10) 10 July 1940 (age 78)
Collingwood, Australia
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Leg break
International information
National side
Test debut 26 January 1966 v England
Last Test 22 March 1974 v New Zealand
ODI debut 5 January 1971 v England
Last ODI 31 March 1974 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1959–1974 Victoria
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 43 6 167 16
Runs scored 2,807 224 10,100 522
Batting average 37.42 37.33 39.29 34.80
100s/50s 7/14 0/3 22/50 0/5
Top score 207 61 207 69
Balls bowled 2,321 77 14,102 240
Wickets 15 3 148 10
Bowling average 66.73 18.00 39.28 17.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/33 3/40 5/38 3/14
Catches/stumpings 47/– 1/– 166/– 8/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 22 October 2010

Keith Raymond Stackpole Junior (born 10 July 1940) is a former Victorian and Australian cricketer who played in 43 Tests and 6 ODIs from 1966 to 1974, who is now a radio cricket commentator. His father, Keith Senior also played first-class cricket and was a noted Australian rules footballer for Collingwood and Fitzroy.

Stackpole was a big, heavy batsman in the Colin Milburn mould and quite capable of hitting the ball all over the ground. He made his Test debut against England in the Fourth Test in Adelaide in 1965–66, where he took a great catch to dismiss Jim Parks, made 43 batting at number 8 and took the wickets of the England captain M.J.K. Smith and his vice-captain Colin Cowdrey with his leg spin, his 2/33 remaining his best Test figures. Australia won by an innings to square the series. Against England in 1970–71 he was the main Australian runmaker with 627 runs (52.25). In the First Test Stackpole should have been run out for 18 as Geoff Boycott threw down the wicket at the bowler's end, but the batsman was given the benefit of the doubt by Lou Rowan. The Australian papers carried photographs the next day showing that he was clearly out and labelled the decision "one of the worst in cricket history".[1] It probably cost England victory as Stackpole took advantage of his escape to pile up 207 – his highest Test score – in Australia's 433. Faced with an impossible 469 runs to win in the Sixth Test Stackpole made a powerful 136 with 16 boundaries to save the game, adding 202 for the second wicket with Ian Chappell (104) as Australia made 328–3 on the last day. In the Seventh and last Test Australia needed 223 to win and save the Ashes. Stackpole hit 2 sixes and 6 fours in his 67, but received little support from the rest of the team and they were all out for 160. On the Ashes tour of England in 1972 he was Ian Chappell's vice-captain and made 485 runs (52.88), topping the Australian batting averages for the second series in a row and being named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1973.

See also


  1. ^ John Snow, Cricket Rebel, Hamlyn, 1976, p98-99

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Preceded by
Ian Chappell
Highest Score by an Australian in ODI Cricket
61 vs England at Birmingham 1972
Succeeded by
Ian Chappell
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