Bruce Yardley (born 5 September 1947, Midland, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 33 Tests and 7 ODI from 1978 to 1983. He is generally regarded, alongside Ashley Mallett, as one of the two best off spinners Australia has produced.
Known to his teammates as 'Roo', Yardley was an off-spinbowler who, like many spinners, began life as a fast-medium pace seamer. In his late 20s Yardley switched to off-spin and had success at club and then state level. His technique was slightly unusual in that he bowled at near medium-pace, rolling the ball off his middle finger rather than the index finger like conventional off-spinners. A handy number-eight batsman who scored four test half-centuries his batting was often characterised by a Yardley yahoo over the top of slips which opposition teams sometimes attempted to counter using a fly slip. Yardley was also an exceptional fielder in the gully region taking 31 catches in his 33 tests including a number of spectacular efforts. He was also the recipient of some fine fielding being the lucky bowler when John Dyson took his catch of the century to dismiss West Indian Sylvester Clarke.
In the early 1980s Yardley was Australia's first-choice spinner; during this period he took most of his 126 Test wickets, including a Test-best of 7/98 against the West Indies at Sydney in 1981/82. It was for this and other eye catching performances for which he was named the 1981/1982 Benson and Hedges International Cricketer of... Read More