Ashley Mallett

Ashley Mallett

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Ashley Alexander Mallett (born 13 July 1945 in Chatswood, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 38 Tests and 9 One Day Internationals between 1968 and 1980. He is Australia's most successful off spin bowler since World War II and for a period in the 1970s, he was regarded along with India's Erapalli Prasanna and the West Indies' Lance Gibbs as the best off spinner in the world.

Early career

Mallett was a member of the Western Australian squad in the 1966–67 season, but made no appearances, only being 12th man in two Sheffield Shield matches. On the bouncy pace friendly WACA Ground, where the Western Australians played their home matches, only one spinner was required, and left arm orthodox spinner Tony Lock, the former English Test player blocked Mallett's path. Along with young leg spinner Terry Jenner, Mallett transferred to South Australia in the winter 1967, and immediately became regular members of the state team, which often fielded two spinners on the Adelaide Oval's turning surface.

During the 1967–68 season, Mallett...
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