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Ernie Toshack

Australian Test cricketer

Died when: 88 years 154 days (1061 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Ernest Raymond Herbert Toshack (8 December 1914 – 11 May 2003) was an Australian cricketer who played in 12 Tests from 1946 to 1948.A left arm medium paced bowler known for his accuracy and stamina in the application of leg theory, Toshack was a member of Don Bradman's "Invincibles" that toured England in 1948 without being defeated.

Toshack reinforced the Australian new ball attack of Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller.Born in 1914, Toshack overcame many obstacles to reach international level cricket.

He was orphaned as an infant, and his early cricket career was hindered because of financial difficulties caused by the Great Depression.

The Second World War prevented Toshack from competing at first-class level until he was into his thirties.In 1945–46, the first season of cricket after the end of the War, Toshack made his debut at first-class level and after only seven matches in the Sheffield Shield he was selected for Australia's tour of New Zealand.

In Wellington, he opened the bowling in a match that was retrospectively classed as an official Test match.Toshack became a regular member of the Australian team, playing in all of its Tests until the 1947–48 series against India.

He took his career-best match bowling figures of 11 wickets for 31 runs (11/31) in the First Test but began to suffer recurring knee injuries, and a medical board had to approve his selection for the 1948 England tour.

Toshack played in the first four Tests before being injured.After a long convalescence, he attempted a comeback during Australia's 1949–50 season, but further injury forced him to retire.

He was a parsimonious bowler, who was popular with crowds for his sense of humour.

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