George Thoms

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George Thoms
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Personal information
Full nameGeorge Ronald Thoms
Born22 March 1927
Footscray, Victoria
Died29 August 2003(2003-08-29) (aged 76)
Melbourne, Victoria
BattingRight-hand bat
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Runs scored441137
Batting average 22.0035.53
Top score28150
Balls bowled032
Wickets 01
Bowling average 14.00
5 wickets in innings 00
10 wickets in match00
Best bowling1/8
Catches/stumpings 0/010/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo

George Ronald Thoms OAM (22 March 1927 – 29 August 2003) was an Australian cricketer who played in one Test in 1952. He played 18 first-class matches for Victoria, one in 1946, and then more regularly from 1951–52 to 1953–54.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

Test cricket the longest form of the sport of cricket; so called due to its long, grueling nature

Test cricket is the form of the sport of cricket with the longest duration, and is considered the game's highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams with "Test status", as determined and conferred by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The term Test stems from the fact of the form's long, gruelling matches being both mentally and physically testing. Two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days. It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team's endurance and ability.

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.


Born in Footscray, Victoria, Thoms attended Melbourne University, where he opened the batting for Melbourne University Cricket Club with Colin McDonald. [1] He also played first-class cricket for Victoria alongside McDonald, and they both made their Test debut in the fifth Test against West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 1952, alongside fellow debutant Richie Benaud. [2] Uniquely, Thoms and McDonald opened the batting together for a Test team, state team, and club team in that season. A solid, rather than spectacular, batsman, he scored 16 and 28. Thoms was dismissed hit wicket in the second innings, treading on the stumps after pulling a Frank Worrell delivery for four.

Footscray, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Footscray is an inner-western suburb (neighbourhood) of Melbourne, Australia, 5 km from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Maribyrnong. At the 2016 census, Footscray had a population of 16,345.

Colin Campbell McDonald AM is an Australian cricketer. He played in 47 Tests from 1952 to 1961, and 192 first class matches between 1947 and 1963. He was born in Glen Iris, Victoria.

Sydney Cricket Ground stadium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Johnnie Moyes, a pre-eminent cricket historian, wrote hyperbolically of this modest beginning: "He was a player of negative qualities, and one gained the impression that a competent leader could close him down to an occasional single for hours at a time, not the type of batsman for whom there could be any international future. It was no surprise that his first Test was also his last." [3]

His top score was 150 for Victoria against Western Australia in Perth in the first match of the 1951–52 season. He also scored 120 later in the season, against Queensland in Melbourne, and finished the Sheffield Shield season with 521 runs at 57.88. [4] He also made a century, 140, against Tasmania in Hobart in 1953–54. He played his last first-class match in 1953–54 at 26.

Sheffield Shield Cricket competition in Australia

The Sheffield Shield is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from six states of Australia. Prior to the Shield being established, a number of intercolonial matches were played. The Shield, donated by Lord Sheffield, was first contested during the 1892–93 season, between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Queensland was admitted for the 1926–27 season, Western Australia for the 1947–48 season and Tasmania for the 1977–78 season.

Thoms retired from representative cricket to concentrate on his medical career, fearful that a hand injury could end his ambitions as a surgeon. [5] He is thought to be the only Test cricketer to have been a gynaecologist. He introduced laser surgery to Australia in the 1970s and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1996. Jim Thoms, his elder brother, was a noted Australian rules footballer and national table tennis champion.

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James Francis Thoms was an Australian rules footballer who played for Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Australian rules football Contact sport invented in Melbourne

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During 1950 and 1951 Thoms was a member of the VFL Umpires Association and field umpired 16 matches of Australian football in various country leagues across Victoria. He also officiated in a single VFL Second Eighteens (later VFL Reserve Grade) match in June 1951.

Umpire (Australian rules football)

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He attended a reunion of 150 Australian Test cricketers in Sydney on 11 July 2003. He died a few weeks later, in Melbourne, Victoria.

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