Peter Sleep

Peter Sleep

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Peter Raymond Sleep (born 4 May 1957, Penola, South Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played 14 Tests for Australia between 1979 and 1990. He was a leg spinner who was in and out of the team, rarely playing two games in succession, though after taking ten wickets in the 1986–87 Ashes he was retained for the next four Tests after the series before falling out of favour again. The 1986–87 series which included his best bowling figures in a Test innings, five for 72 in the second innings as England failed to chase 320 for the win. However, Sleep was part of an Australian generation of spinners with bowling averages above 40 (for comparison, the first choice leg spinners in 2006, Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill, both averaged below 30 with the ball), also including Tom Hogan, Murray Bennett and Tony Mann, and the cricket website Cricinfo summed up his career as a "relatively anodyne slow bowler".

Post-Test career

Sleep was also a regular league professional in England and towards the end of his career was captain of Lancashire 2nd XI.

In more recent years, Sleep was captain coach of Yahl Cricket Club in the Mt. Gambier DCA, and has recently transferred to Tea Tree Gully in the Adelaide District Competition.

He was the proprietor of a hotel named The Wickets in Rishton, Lancashire until 2009.


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