Bob Simpson

Born Feb 3, 1936

Robert Baddeley Simpson AO is a former cricketer who played for New South Wales, Western Australia and Australia, captaining the national team from 1963–64 until 1967–68, and again in 1977–78. He later had a highly successful term as the coach of the Australian team. He is also known as Bobby or Simmo. Simpson played as a right-handed batsman and semi-regular leg spin bowler.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Simpson.


1936 Birth Born on February 3, 1936.


1952 16 Years Old He was still 11 days shy of his seventeenth birthday when he was selected to make his Sheffield Shield debut as a middle order batsman for New South Wales against Victoria in the 1952 - 53 season. … Read More
1954 18 Years Old The following season in 1954 - 55, Simpson had more chances in the New South Wales middle order as the Test players were often playing for Australia against the touring English cricket team. … Read More
1955 19 Years Old Simpson was under pressure to hold his place in the team, so he moved to Western Australia at the end of the 1955 - 56 season. … Read More


1956 - 1957 2 More Events
1958 22 Years Old After his unconvincing performances with the bat in the South African Tests, Simpson needed runs at the start of the 1958 - 59 season to retain his position in the national team for the Ashes series against England. … Read More
1959 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite this, Simpson was not selected for the squad for the series against India and Pakistan on the 1959 - 60 tour of the Indian subcontinent. … Read More
1960 24 Years Old Nevertheless, as a result of his strong domestic form, Simpson was recalled to the Test team for the 1960 - 61 home series against the West Indies, as an opener partnering Colin McDonald. … Read More
1961 25 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1961 tour to England, he began his celebrated opening partnership with Bill Lawry, when the Victorian broke into the Australian team. … Read More
Simpson started the 1962 - 63 season looking to rectify the disparity between his prolific run-scoring at first-class level and his modest returns in the international arena. … Read More
1964 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite his heavy scoring at first-class level, Simpson was yet to hit a Test century when he arrived with his team in England in 1964. … Read More


1968 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After deciding that he would retire at the end of the season, Simpson was omitted for the Third Test so that other players could have international experience before the 1968 tour of England. … Read More
1975 39 Years Old During the 1975 - 76 season, he had organised for both Australian and West Indian players to market shampoo and deodorant, and he helped to find sponsors for the Australian team. … Read More


1977 41 Years Old When Test cricket was decimated by the breakaway World Series Cricket in 1977, Simpson made a comeback after a decade in retirement to captain New South Wales and Australia at the age of 41. … Read More
1978 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Simpson wanted to continue playing Tests as Australia hosted Mike Brearley's Englishmen in 1978 - 79. … Read More


1986 50 Years Old 1 More Event
…  They won none of their eleven Tests in 1986, and lost three.
1987 - 1989 3 More Events
1991 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Early 1991 saw a five Test tour of the West Indies, the first since the heavy 3 - defeat in 1983. … Read More
1995 59 Years Old After 2 - 1 and 3 - series win over Pakistan and Sri Lanka at home in 1995 - 96, Simpson made his coaching swansong at the 1996 Cricket World Cup on the Indian subcontinent, where Australia overcame a forfeit to Sri Lanka in the group phase due to a Tamil Tiger bombing. … Read More


1996 - 2001 3 More Events
2004 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Ricky Ponting, who made his international debut in Simpsons's last season, became captain and whitewashed Sri Lanka in an away series 3 - and Adam Gilchrist, who filled in for Ricky Ponting for the first three matches of a four test series against India, sealed the series with an unassailable 2 -, lead with Australia eventually defeating India 2 - 1 on the subcontinent. … Read More
2006 70 Years Old …  He was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2006 and the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2013.
2007 71 Years Old 1 More Event
With the retirement in 2007 of Warne and McGrath, the driving force between Australia's domination of the subsequent era with more than 1,200 Test wickets between them, the generation of players established under Simpson's watch came to an end.
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