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Graham Yallop

Personal information
Batting style Left-hand
Bowling style Left-arm medium pace
Role High-order batsman
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 275) 3 January 1976 v West Indies
Last Test 12 November 1984 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 47) 22nd February 1978 v West Indies
Last ODI 6 October 1984 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1972 – 1985 Victoria
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Graham Yallop

A technically correct left-handed batsman, Graham Yallop generally batted near the top of the order for Australia and captained his country in seven tests.

Yallop made his Test debut in 1975-76 against the West Indies.

In 1978, Yallop made history as the first player to wear a full helmet in a Test match.  He also enjoyed a long and successful career with his home state Victoria, leading them to two Sheffield Shield titles.

As an opener, Graham made 167 against India at Calcutta in 1979.  The following year, he scored an elegant 172 against Pakistan at Faisalabad.

On the 1981 Ashes tour, Yallop hit 114 at Old Trafford.

After a golden summer of form in the Sheffield Shield in 1982-83, he was given an extended run of Tests in Australia during the season of 1983-84.  His monumental 268, scored over two days in the Boxing Day Test against the Pakistanis, was the highlight of a series when he totalled 554 runs at 92.33 average.

Graham accumulated a record of 1254 runs during the Sheffield Shield season of 1982-83 surpassing Bill Ponsford’s record.  Graham’s record held until 2003/04 when MTG Elliot passed it with a superb 1381 runs.

Yallop was considered one of the best players of spinners.

Yallop’s ODI figures are good and he played in the World Cups of 1979 and 1983. 

He was a safe fielder behind the wicket and was often positioned in the gully.

Graham averaged better than one century every five Tests and never went more than six consecutive Tests without a hundred.!!!

The man and the cricketer

Graham Yallop, a Victorian born on the 7 October 1952 to a castings foundry owner, was described as quiet and unassuming in nature and without aggression.

Perhaps this lack of aggression did not serve him well when he was appointed captain during the 1978‐79 Test Season.

Yallop, at 26 years of age, was truly thrown in the deep end as this was during the tumultuous era of World Series Cricket in the late 1970s when a lot of the top players moved over to WSC.

Graham was not seen as a strong captain but he made up for this perceived weakness in leadership by paving the way at the bat, scoring two centuries during his seven test matches as captain.

At 31 years of age, he eclipsed Bradman’s record for runs in a calendar year, which had been held for 54 years.

He was said to have great strength and determination at the crease and may have achieved more as skipper if he had not been handed the roughest first‐test experience in history.

Something of the way he felt about this experience is expressed in the title of his subsequent book Lambs to the Slaughter.

In 1978 at Barbados, Yallop made history as the first player to wear a full helmet in a test match.

Graham Yallop

The sculpture

I have portrayed Yallop, head turned at the bat and eyes squinted against the sun, as

‘one of the lads’ with a handlebar moustache and loosely arranged shirt, typical of

the free‐spirited 80’s in Australia.

Damien Lucas, Sculptor, 2008