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Thomson junior bounces the Lankans

To the present set of Sri Lankan cricketers the name of Jeff Thomson might not sound anything. Possible that they mey have read about his exploits in the books.

But in the seventies Thomson and Dennis Lillee formed a terrifying pair of fast bowlers and terrorised opposing batsmen who were running for dear life when up against them.

Lillee and Thomson were bold and arrogant in their approach and in Ian Chappell they had a dream captain who supported them when they launched their life threatening attacks.

When the Lankans had their first net at the Allan Borded Field after arriving from Adelaide, a bowler who was asked to bowl at the Lankans was Matt, son of the fearsome former Aussie pace ace Jeff.

Watching the son of the famous father hurling down the leather reminded me of the thunderbolts hurled by his father Jeff.

The 24 year old who is a first grade cricketer here in Brisbane, is a chip of the old block and has a slinging action like his father did.

The Sri Lankan batsmen unaware that Matt was the son of Jeff, were taken aback by the pace and bounce that this youngster was able to extract and were finding it difficult to face him.

However with the Lankan batsmen likely to run into incessant fast short pitched deliveries from the Aussie pacemen Brett Lee, Mickael Johnson and Stuart Clarke during the Test matches, this was a good test and should do the batting a lot of good.

The present set of cricketers would do well to speak to Duleep Mendis, the present chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket and Sunil Wettimuny when they get back. To recap, it was the First World Cup in England in 1975 when Sri Lanka were playing the Australians. Chasing a big Aussie score, the Lankans were going well.

Unable to break through the tough resistance put up by the Lankan batsmen, skipper Chappel apparently asked his two hit men, Lillee and Thomson to let fly.

Then followed one of the most terrifying spells of fast bowling when Thomson sent Mendis and Wettimuny to hospital.

Thomson hit Wettimuny three times before he was stretchered. Thomson next hit Mendis right between the eyes when he missed hooking a bouncer and it is said that it was the timely rush to hospital that saved Mendis and allowed him to tell the tale.

Matt Thomson revealed that he was overjoyed to have a go at the Sri Lankan batsmen.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
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