Gregory Richard John "Mo" Matthews
(born 15 December 1959 in Newcastle, New South Wales
) is a former New South Wales
and Australian cricketer
who is now a television cricket commentator.
When Australian cricket
was in the doldrums
in the late 1980s "his dashing batsmanship and growing ability as a spin bowler suddenly elevated Matthews to a position of a national hero".p28, Garry Linnell, Benson and Hedges Tests Series Official Book 1986-87 The Clashes for the Ashes
, Playbill Sport Publication, 1986 He made centuries in times of crisis against New Zealand
in 1985-86, took ten wickets in the Tied Test
at Madras and batted well against England
in 1986-87. Thereafter his career declined as the "effervesent and unorthodox" Matthews did not fit in with the rest of the Australian Test team
. As Australia rose to dominance in the 1990s Matthews proved to be "not good enough in either of the game's main departments to make a lasting impact as a Test all-rounder"p52, Christopher Martin-Jenkins
, Cricket Characters
, Stanley Paul and Co Ltd, 1987 and despite a century against England
in 1990-91 he played only irregularly and was finally dropped in 1993. He continued to play with success for New South Wales
until he retired in 1997.
During his youth Matthews attended......