Bob Simpson
Bob Simpson
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.
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Bowls round-up: All the action from a busy week across Dacorum
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
See how your local team got on as Dacorum’s bowlers experienced mixed fortunes on the greens. > Kitcheners Kitcheners entertained Hazells on Saturday in a five triples mixed match which they won 93-77. Highest triples for Kitcheners was Jan Perry, Richard Tipton and Micky Woodman. On Sunday, 30 bowlers took part in the Alf Bunn Trophy. Winners were Peter Taylor, Alan Doydge and Jenny Tipton, with Steve Davis,Yvonne Coe and Megan Graffham finishing as runners-up. > Potten End A large number of Potten End members competed for the Fred Hawley Trophy in memory of one of the club’s past coaches. In a lively atmosphere with plenty of close competition, Lesley Wilson eventually emerged victorious. The following day, the club’s two veterans’ league teams began their series of matches with mixed fortunes. The red team secured an easy win over Owls by 45 shots to 25, but the blue team went down narrowly to Herts by 33 shots to 36. In their friendly match against Pavilion, Po ...
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PHOTOS: Trayvon Martin Peaceful Protests Pop Up Around The US
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As news spread of the jury’s acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on Saturday evening, social networks and cable channels buzzed with heated reactions. But Tweeting only goes so far, and people who wanted a stronger, more public way to express their displeasure with the verdict and support for Trayvon flocked to the streets for spontaneous protests in cities around the country. From San Francisco to Sanford, Florida; Atlanta to Washington, late Saturday night and Sunday saw people flooding into the streets. Several cities had braced for riots in the event of an acquittal, but most of the marches were peaceful demonstrations of the verdict. Here, a look at some of the images and words from impromptu protests, marches, vigils, and gatherings from across the country. In New York: times square #TrayvonMartin — Macey J. Foronda (@maceyjforonda) July 15, 2013 Sticker being handed out at NY ma ...
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Small Wash. school closes because of nice weather
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Small Wash. school closes because of nice weather SEATTLE (AP) — In a sun-deprived part of Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine. Principal Bob Sampson said he wanted to give students some time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement snow days get among the kids. Sampson surveyed parents to make sure the day off wouldn't cause any hardships and floated the idea with the school board before canceling school, he said. Sampson and another staff member will be at the school bright and early, though, to welcome any students who didn't get the notice.
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LUCKY: School Closes For A 'Sun Day'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
SEATTLE — In sun-deprived Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine. Friday is a "sun day" of sorts for the 205 students at Bellingham Christian School, a small private Christian school in Bellingham, Wash., about 90 miles north of Seattle. "SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!" the school's website announced Thursday night. "Yeah! It's a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school." Principal Bob Sampson said he wanted to give students some time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement snow days get among the kids. He began teasing the possibility of giving the day off earlier in the week. "In a world that's got a lot hard things going, its' fun to create a moment joy," Sampson said. The forecast for Western Washington calls for a weekend of sunshine, with highs hitting the low 80s in some parts ...
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Scathing B.C. Carbon Audit
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
UPDATE: Auditor general John Doyle has released his report on B.C.'s carbon neutral scheme. He concludes that a government agency has not purchased credible carbon offsets, and that criteria have not been established to determine whether government as a whole is taking sufficient action to reduce emissions. VICTORIA - The Speaker of the British Columbia legislature will release the auditor general's report on the B.C. government's carbon-trading system today. In a statement, Speaker Bill Barisoff says he still has concerns about the advance distribution of John Doyle's report to some members of the legislature before his office receiving the report, but he will make the audit public. Barisoff held back Tuesday's scheduled release of Doyle's audit of the Liberal government's carbon neutral initiative, citing a possible breach of Parliament. Independent MLA Bob Simpson says he received an embargoed copy of the report from the office of the auditor general on Monday and New ...
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Driving season kicks off and so does griping about gasoline despite falling prices
Fox News - over 4 years
It's Memorial Day weekend and our national obsession with the price of gasoline is in focus once again. We'll spend a little less at the pump than a few weeks ago, but that won't stop us from muttering to ourselves, griping to friends and pointing fingers in many directions. Our rants about gasoline and the oil industry may not always be based on facts, but one thing is undeniable: Americans are obsessed with the price of gasoline. More than any other good or service we buy. In the language of economists, the price of gasoline is "salient." That means it sticks in our brains. Here's why: We're reminded of the price every time we pass a gas station and see those huge, numbered signs. We buy gas every week, unlike bills we pay monthly or a couple times a year. Milk is $4 a gallon, but we buy only one. When we fill up with gas, we spend $50 or more. And the biggest frustration, which comes into focus as the number ...
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38,000 expected to make Wembley trip
The Gazette - almost 5 years
ECSTATIC Blackpool fans are gearing up for another trip to Wembley. Around 38,000 are expected to make the trip on May 19 as Blackpool close in on their second promotion to the Premier League in three years. As 2,300 were celebrating St Andrew’s, thousands more back home in Blackpool started their own Wembley parties on the final whistle. Nowhere were the celebrations more apparent than at the Seasider bar at Bloomfield Road as fans watched last night’s game on TV. Among them was Alan Matthews, the deputy mayor of Blackpool. He said: “It was a fantastic game – if we play like that at Wembley we just can’t lose.” {|Click here to register with The Gazette website to enable you to comment on stories|Click here to register with The Gazette website to enable you to comment on stories}. Student David Collett, 21, from South Shore, added: “I’m ecstatic. “This means a lot to the people and the town and hopefully we can do the same at Wembley and we can g ...
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Mental Health Advocates Decry Chicago Clinic Closings (VIDEO)
Progress Illinois - almost 5 years
Mental health advocates intensified their opposition today to the city’s plan to close six of 12 mental health clinics by occupying the lobby outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office – even as the city confirmed that they would go forward today with the last four clinic closings. Also today, the Mental Health Movement coalition of patients and advocates asked President Barack Obama and Gov. Pat Quinn to step in, holding a rally outside Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters in downtown Chicago and Quinn’s office in the city’s Thompson Center. Representatives of the president and governor both silently listened to the ‘Stay of Execution’ letter for the clinics, which was read to them by Mental Health Movement organizer N’Dana Carter. Here is video of Carter reading the letter and also meeting with Quinn spokesman Andrew Mason: The Mental Health Movement plans a press conference outside the mayor’s office at 5:15 p.m. to denounce the closings; public health activits Dr. Quentin Yo ...
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A conversation with Bob Simpson
The Wichita Eagle - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-34218" href="/Bob+Simpson+1">Bob Simpson</a> never intended to work for Simpson &amp; Associates, the company his grandfather, Chet, founded as Simpson &amp; Son in 1958. He joined it in 1985, though, became president in 1997 and now is leading the construction firm through changes designed to help it better compete in a tough economic climate. One of those changes is a new, more descriptive name: Simpson Construction Services. Read more
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Is Prince Fielder the next big target for the Texas Rangers?
Star Telegram- blogs - about 5 years
Thanks to <a class="fplink fp-34218" href="/bob+simpson+1">Bob Simpson</a> and Ray Davis, the Rangers are still in the bidding.
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Bob Simpson
Houston Herald - about 5 years
Bobbie "Bob" Gene Simpson, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at his home in Houston.
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Westward shift for Irene menaces region - Lumina News
Google News - over 5 years
“This situation may change quickly to a more difficult scenario than we had anticipated,” stated Wrightsville Beach town manager Bob Simpson Thursday when he called for an emergency command staff meeting at 3 pm that afternoon
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Down the Drain Goes Public's Right to Know about Fracking - PEJ News
Google News - over 5 years
Coleman&#39;s promise, in response to a question from Independent MLA Bob Simpson, seemed to indicate that the government understood that how water licences were reviewed and issued was an important public policy issue. But the government&#39;s ongoing actions
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Seniors Games athletes win with style - BCLocalNews
Google News - over 5 years
Hockey - Jack Downing, gold; Jean-Paul Guy, gold; Gerry Richardson, gold; Henry Weibe, gold; Andy McNally, gold; Bob Simpson, gold. Pickleball - Alex Gendron, silver, rec doubles, silver, mixed rec doubles; Debby Morgan, gold, rec doubles; Dee Pitcher,
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Understanding the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale - Bahama Islands Info
Google News - over 5 years
The scale – originally developed by wind engineer Herb Saffir and meteorologist Bob Simpson – has been an excellent tool for alerting the public about the possible impacts of various intensity hurricanes[1]. The scale provides examples of the type of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Simpson
  • 2007
    Age 71
    He also coached the Netherlands national cricket team, overseeing a successful ICC Trophy campaign which saw them qualify for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
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    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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  • 2006
    Age 70
    He was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2006 and the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2013.
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  • 2004
    Age 68
    In 2004, he condemned the ICC, claiming that it was soft on illegal bowling actions and that the number of illegitimate bowlers was at an all-time high.
    More Details Hide Details He asserted that officials were reluctant to crack down on high profile bowlers with dubious actions, saying that it was encouraging young players to mimic their actions. Simpson was a traditionalist coach, tending to emphasise the fundamentals of batting, bowling and fielding. He has criticised the 21st century style of coaching, which has increasingly used computer technology, biomechanics and science to recommend playing techniques, stating that it had verged into "computers for computers' sake".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It sealed Australia's first series win in India for 35 years, described as the "Final Frontier", and meant that Australia had defeated every other nation in each of their most recent home and away series against them. Since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Australia has had an unbeaten streak of 28 World Cup matches and an unprecedented winning percentage of greater than 75% in Tests.
  • 2001
    Age 65
    He coached Lancashire for two years, ending in September 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier, he had coached Leicestershire. His insistence on hard work was less successful in England, and was often speculated to be due to a difference in psychology in the two countries. In late 2004, Simpson accepted a three-year contract to act as a cricket advisor to Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy. He had served as a consultant to the Indian cricket team in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, Simpson was part of the International Cricket Council's committee for dealing with throwing.
  • 1999
    Age 63
    In 1999, Steve Waugh became captain on Taylor's retirement and in his five years as captain set a world record of 41 Test victories, including a world record of 16 consecutively.
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  • 1996
    Age 60
    Under Taylor, Australia consolidated its position with a home series victory against the West Indies in 1996 - 97 and home and away wins over South Africa in 1997 - 98 before breaking a 39-year drought with victory in Pakistan.
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  • 1995
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After narrow wins over New Zealand and the West Indies in the quarter and semifinals, they lost in the final to Sri Lanka. Simpson inherited an Australian cricket team which had not won a series for three years, and had gone fourteen Tests without a victory. It was a team plagued by a lack of direction with unsettled personnel. His appointment saw Australia win the World Cup within one year, and steady improvement in Test results. Instilling Simpson along with Border had transformed it into one of the strongest teams in international cricket by the 1990s, and with the defeat of the West Indies in 1995, was regarded as the leading Test team in the world. The core group of players cultivated by Simpson went on to make strengthen Australia into the overwhelmingly dominant cricketing nation in the decade after his retirement.
  • 1991
    Age 55
    The 1991 - 92 Australian season saw a heavy 4 - win in a five Test series over India, but was marred by Australia's ignominious 1992 Cricket World Cup campaign on home soil.
    More Details Hide Details The pre-tournament favourites, they were eliminated in the group stages, coming fifth. The 1992 - 93 saw another tour to Australia by the West Indies, the only team against which Simpson was yet to record a series victory as coach. After taking a 1 - series lead into the Fourth Test, Simpson's team lost by one run, failing to seal the Frank Worrell Trophy. This left the series to be decided in the Fifth Test at the WACA Ground in Perth, the bounciest surface in world cricket. Australia was unable to regroup and succumbed to the pace of the West Indies. They collapsed from 1/58 in the first innings to be dismissed for 119, with Curtly Ambrose taking a spell of 7/1. Australia were crushed by an innings within three days, and victory over the Caribbeans again eluded them. 1993 saw a return to England for another Ashes tour. Australia won the series 4 - 1, and returned home to claim the Trans Tasman Trophy with a comfortable 2 - victory over New Zealand at home in late 1993. This was followed by two drawn series, home and away against South Africa, the first competition between the teams post-apartheid. At the end of the 1993 - 94 Border retired. The four previous seasons had seen the team strengthening introductions of Mark Waugh, Shane Warne, Michael Slater and Glenn McGrath in each of the respective seasons.
    Early 1991 saw a five Test tour of the West Indies, the first since the heavy 3 - defeat in 1983.
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  • 1989
    Age 53
    The 1989 - 90 Australian season saw further growth, as the Australia played one, two and three Tests against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson's men won a Test each against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, while the others were drawn. It was the first Australian season in six years where they were undefeated. The 1990 - 91 season saw another comfortable Ashes series win, 3 -.
  • 1988
    Age 52
    Simpson was unable to guide his team past the dominant West Indies, who toured Australia in 1988 - 89 and took a 3 - 1 Test series victory, but he was able to regain the Ashes with a 4 - result on the 1989 tour, which also saw opener Mark Taylor establish himself as a Test match player; Taylor later became captain under Simpson.
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  • 1987
    Age 51
    The success spilled into the Test arena, with the 1987 - 88 home season yielding saw Australia's first Test series victory for four years, with a 1 - series victory over New Zealand.
    More Details Hide Details The season was completed with one-off Tests against England and Sri Lanka respectively, which ended in a draw and win respectively. The 1988 - 89 season began with a tour of Pakistan. Australia were unable to end the 29 year streak without a win on Pakistani soil, 1 -. Simpson and Border were criticised for their outspoken criticism of the umpiring and doctored pitches. It was typical of the hard nosed approach they had brought to the team, with Border being given the epithet "Captain Grumpy".
  • 1986
    Age 50
    By the end of the 1986 - 87 Australian season, Australia had only won two of their last 22 Tests, and none of their last 14.
    More Details Hide Details They had gone three years without winning a Test series. The 1987 Cricket World Cup heralded the start of more prosperous times for Australian cricket. Rank outsiders, Australia defeated hosts India by one run in the opening match, and New Zealand twice by three and 17 runs respectively. They capitalised on these hard fought wins to take five victories from their six round robin matches. They then defeated Pakistan by 18 runs after inducing a late collapse in the semifinal, and then claimed the title by seven runs with a similar late surge over England in the final.
    They won none of their eleven Tests in 1986, and lost three.
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  • 1978
    Age 42
    He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1978 and upgraded to Officer of the order in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001.
    Simpson wanted to continue playing Tests as Australia hosted Mike Brearley's Englishmen in 1978 - 79.
    More Details Hide Details His players wanted him to continue, but the Australian Cricket Board voted him out and installed Graham Yallop as the skipper. During his comeback, he had accumulated his 60th first-class century against Barbados during the Caribbean tour and become the oldest Australian to score a Test century on home soil. Simpson retired after the tour at the age of 42. He had scored 5,317 runs for New South Wales at 53.17. In Sydney Grade Cricket, he scored 10,111 runs at 61.65 and took 186 wickets at 23.62. In his prime Simpson was known for his technical correctness. At slightly below average height, his noted ability to bat for long periods was attributed to his high fitness and concentration levels. He had a wide array of shots, in particular off the back foot. Along with Bill Lawry, he formed an opening partnership that was regarded as one of the finest in Test history. Simpson was fast between the wickets, and the pair were especially well known for their understanding, as exemplified by their fluency in rotating the strike with quick singles. Simpson's stance was easy and his style attractive, the result of a change of technique in the late 1950s when he turned from playing too square-on to side-on. Simpson found that it made all the difference to him in dealing effectively with the in-dipper and going-away balls. Standing 179 cm and 13 stone, Simpson was most effective as an attacking batsman.
  • 1977
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details All of Australia's first-choice players had defected apart from Jeff Thomson. Simpson had been playing for Western Suburbs in Sydney Grade Cricket but had not been playing at first-class level for a decade. His first assignment was a five Test series against India, and Simpson began where he left off a decade earlier. He top-scored with 89 in the second innings of the First Test in Brisbane, before scoring 176 and 39 as Australia won in Perth. Simpson failed to pass double figures in the Third Test in Melbourne, and made 30s in both innings in Sydney, as the Indians won two consecutive Tests to level the series. Simpson responded with 100 and 51 in the deciding Fifth Test in Adelaide as Australia scraped to a 3 - 2 series victory. Simpson totalled 539 runs at 53.90 and took four wickets.
  • 1975
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also called for the revival of the Cavaliers XI concept to boost the popularity of cricket. He wrote a book titled Captain's Story, in which he expressed his anger against bowlers that he believed to have bowled with an illegal action. His former team-mate Meckiff took issue with the contents and sued for libel. After five years of litigation, Simpson settled out of court and apologised to Meckiff.
  • 1968
    Age 32
    Retired from Test cricket, Simpson toured England in 1968 as a member of the press gallery and later worked in public relations.
    More Details Hide Details He looked after promotion and marketing earnings for cricketers in an era where they struggled to survive financially.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson returned to the team for the Fourth Test at Sydney in front of his home crowd. In his international farewell, he played under the captaincy of Lawry. Simpson recorded his best Test match figures of 3/39 and 5/99, and claimed five catches in another Australian victory. His final series yielded 294 runs (at 58.80 average), 13 wickets at 16.38 and seven catches.
  • 1964
    Age 28
    He ended the calendar year of 1964 with 1,381 Test runs, setting a world record aggregate. In 1964 - 65, Simpson led Australia on a tour of the Caribbean, which was marred by controversies over umpiring standards and the legality of West Indian Charlie Griffith's bowling action.
    More Details Hide Details To make life more difficult, some of the grounds had no sightscreens, making it even harder to see the ball. Griffith also dragged his foot, bringing him around a metre closer to the batsman before releasing his balls at extreme pace. Simpson initially struggled against Griffith, failing to pass 30 in the first three Tests as Australia conceded a - 2 lead. He scored only 87 in five innings, but had success with the ball, capturing 4/83 in the second innings of the Second Test at Trinidad. Adjusting his technique, Simpson scored 201 in the Fourth Test at Barbados, where he set an Australian record opening stand of 382 with Lawry. The match was drawn, but Australia managed a consolation win in the Fifth Test, to which Simpson contributed 72 and 34 not out. His average for 399 runs was 49.88 and he took 11 catches. Simpson made his displeasure regarding Griffith known to the Australian board, and this was relayed to the West Indian administrators.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After making a slow start to the tour and not passing 31 in his first four innings, Simpson struck form after the first week of May. He passed 50 in seven consecutive innings, making 125 against Somerset, 138 and 55 against Surrey, 57 against Glamorgan, 95 against Cambridge University, and 105 and 52 - both not out - in a nine-wicket win over the MCC. He augmented this with 4/48 against Surrey. The first three Tests continued Simpson's frustrating personal run in Test cricket. He made 50 in the First Test at Trent Bridge, but did not pass 30 in the next two Tests, twice falling after reaching 20. Australia led 1 - after winning the Third Test at Leeds. Arriving for the Fourth Test at Old Trafford, Australia required only to draw to retain the Ashes, because a win for England in the final Fifth Test would yield a 1 - 1 series draw. Simpson hit form in the three county matches leading up to the Test at Manchester, scoring 117 against Leicestershire and scoring fifties in the last three innings. He had also taken eight wickets in four innings.
  • 1962
    Age 26
    Lawry had led Victoria to the Sheffield Shield in 1962 - 63 and Western Australia's Barry Shepherd had also been praised for his aggressive and bold leadership.
    More Details Hide Details At the time Simpson had scored only 1246 runs at 32.78 and taken 22 wickets at 39.40 in 23 Tests and had not scored a century. Simpson was leading an inexperienced team with Benaud, Harvey and Davidson all gone; only Wally Grout and himself remained from the Tied Test team three years earlier. He scored a duck and 55 not out, being at the crease as Australia scored the winning runs to take a 1 - lead in the series. Benaud then informed the Board of Control that he would be retiring at season's end, so it was arranged for Benaud to return to the team and play under Simpson to give the latter experience for the forthcoming tour of England. Australia lost the Fourth Test heavily by ten wickets, the other two matches were drawn, and the series finished 1 - 1. Simpson scored half-centuries in both the Third and Fourth Tests and ended the series with 361 runs at 40.11 average. His combination with Lawry consistently propelled Australia to solid starts, posting at least 50 in each of their opening stands. However, he continued to be plagued by an inability to convert his starts into large scores at the highest level of competition. He passed 25 in 8 of his 10 innings for the series, but could only manage three fifties. As a captain, Simpson was less willing to bowl, taking only two wickets for the Test series, and only four wickets in seven first-class matches since taking up the top job.
    New South Welshmen and senior Test players Neil Harvey and Alan Davidson retired at the end of the 1962 - 63 season, with Simpson being elevated to the vice-captaincy of both NSW and Australia (under Richie Benaud) at the start of the 1963 - 64 season.
    More Details Hide Details In his first innings of the season, Simpson made his highest first-class score of 359, against Queensland, scoring more than half of his team's 661 in an innings win. Playing for an Western Australia Combined XI against the touring South Africans at Perth, Simpson and Benaud combined for a 237-run partnership in the second innings, with Simpson making 246, having scored only four in the first innings. In the next match for New South Wales against Western Australia, Simpson hit an unbeaten 247 as Benaud's men amassed 1/425 declared. Up to this point he had scored 856 runs at 285.33 for the season in four innings. In the second innings, he was dropped down the order to allow other players an opportunity, and he was not required to bat as New South Wales reached their target of 262 with nine wickets in hand. However, Simpson's form peaked ahead of the Tests. He made 41 in his next four innings in tour matches against the South Africans ahead of the Tests, including three scores of no more than one. The First Test against South Africa at Brisbane was drawn and is remembered for the no-balling of Ian Meckiff, which ended his career as Benaud refused to bowl him again. Simpson scored 12 and 34 and took a solitary wicket. After the game, Benaud injured himself in a grade match so Simpson captained NSW for the first time and scored 135 against Victoria.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He started the Australian summer in fine form, scoring a century in each of his four games ahead of the Tests against Dexter's touring Englishmen. Three of these centuries - 109 and 66 not out, 130 and 9, and 110 - came in matches against the English visitors. His bowling against the tourists was not as effective totalling 4/239. Simpson started solidly in the international matches, scoring twin half centuries in the drawn First Test in Brisbane, although he was punished with the ball, registering 1/100 from 25 overs. After Australia went 1 - down in Melbourne, Simpson totalling 52 and going wicketless, Simpson produced a match-winning all round performance in the Third Test in front of his home crowd in Sydney to help Australia level the series. On a dry surface where almost the entire square was devoid of grass, Simpson took his Test best innings haul of 5/57, removing specialist batsmen Colin Cowdrey and Geoff Pullar after they had been set, and then cleaning up the tail to restrict England to 279. He then scored 91 to help Australia accumulate a first-innings lead of 40. England were then dismissed in their second innings for 104, leaving a victory target of just 65. Simpson made an aggressive unbeaten 34, with English captain Ted Dexter plundered for 27 runs in his three overs. A storm hit the ground and stayed for two days just after Australia reached the target, which could have washed out the match and saved England.
  • 1961
    Age 25
    The 1961 - 62 season was purely domestic and Simpson returned to his native state as they completed a ninth consecutive Sheffield Shield win.
    More Details Hide Details New South Wales won six of their eight matches, of which Simpson played in all. He recorded solid results without being spectacular, with an unbeaten 110 in addition to five half-centuries, although two of these were not out. He saved his best performance for the two wins over arch-rivals Victoria. He scored 110 and took a total of 4/99 in the first match. In the second match, he contributed in each innings. After taking 3/66 as Victoria batted first, he scored 95 to help New South Wales take a 63-run lead. Simpson then took 3/31 in the second innings and made an unbeaten 67 as his native state cantered to a ten-wicket win. He removed Lawry twice in the two matches. Apart from the ten wickets against the Victorians, Simpson had little success with the ball totalling 13 wickets at 42.30. He aggregated 636 runs at 48.92 for the Shield campaign. At the end of the season, Simpson was part of an International XI that toured New Zealand and played against local teams as well as outfits from Pakistan and India. In five matches, he hit three centuries, including two 167s, and three half-centuries, all of which were undefeated to end with 663 runs at 132.60. His bowling was less successful, with 11 wickets at 46.63
    During the 1961 tour to England, he began his celebrated opening partnership with Bill Lawry, when the Victorian broke into the Australian team.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, Simpson was moved into the middle-order so that Lawry could open with McDonald. This occurred after Lawry scored heavily in the tour matches ahead of the Tests, scoring several centuries, whereas Simpson failed to make the most of his starts. In his first six county matches, Simpson reached double figures six times in ten innings. He passed 25 on all six occasions, but only passed fifty once, scoring a 72 against Yorkshire. Simpson struck form in his last two matches before the Tests. Against the Marylebone Cricket Club, which fielded several Test players, he struck an unbeaten 92 in an unbroken 186-run opening stand with Lawry in the second innings to set up a match-winning declaration, and took a total of 4/105 with his leg spin. He then broke through for his maiden first-class ton on English soil, striking 148 in an innings win over Oxford University. He ended the lead-in matches with 569 runs at 52.72 and 17 wickets at 30.05 including 4/13 and 3/56 against Surrey and Lancashire. With Benaud continuing to be hampered by his shoulder, Simpson would often bowl heavily throughout the English summer.
  • 1960
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had a consistent series, scoring 449 runs at 49.44. Simpson figured prominently in the First Test at Brisbane, which was the first Tied Test in history. He scored his highest score to date, 92 in the first innings and took match figures of 3/43, in his first success bowling display at Test level. His first Test wicket was Joe Solomon, hit wicket in the first innings, before removing the batsman again in the second innings. Australia were set 233 for victory and Simpson made a duck. The hosts collapsed to 6/92 before a 134-run stand took them to 6/226 before another late flurry of wickets led to a tie. Simpson continued his all-round form in the next two Shield matches, taking 11 wickets in total, including a 106 and a match total of 7/87 in a ten-wicket win over Victoria.
  • 1959
    Age 23
    At the start of the 1959 - 60 Australian season, he scored 98 and took a total of 2/77 in a drawn match against Victoria.
    More Details Hide Details In the next match, Simpson broke through for his maiden double-century, posting 236 not out in Western Australia's 4/487 declared against New South Wales. In contrast, Simpson's native state could manage a match total of only 382 in an innings defeat, as he took 1/17 and 5/45. Simpson then made his second double-century in as many innings, posting 230 not out in an innings win against Queensland, more than 57% of his team's runs. His innings of 79 in the draw against South Australia was his lowest score of the season and ended the summer with 98 and 161 not out against New South Wales, carrying his bat in the second innings of a defeat and again scoring the majority of his state's runs for the match. Simpson reflected that "I spent two years turning myself into an overnight success." These efforts yielded a total of 902 runs at 300.66, and nine wickets at 38.66. He was selected for a non-Test tour of New Zealand by Australia's Second XI, as the first-choice team was still in the subcontinent. Playing as an opener, he scored 418 runs at 69.66 in four representative matches. This included an unbeaten 129 in the third match that guided Australia to an eight-wicket win. During this period, Simpson transformed into a less flamboyant and more solid player who eschewed the hook shot and swayed backwards to avoid short balls.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He started the season with a campaign with a Commonwealth XI in South Africa. In three matches, Simpson continued to suffer problems in converting his starts into large scores. He made 204 runs at 40.80; all his scores were between 31 and 58. He had more success with the ball than in previous seasons, taking five wickets at 19.20. Simpson returned to Australia, he had a productive period in the Sheffield Shield for Western Australia, rectifying his prior problem of not capitalising on his starts. On the advice of Harvey, he reinvented himself as an opening batsman in an attempt to exploit the opportunity opened by the retirement of Test opener Jimmy Burke.
  • 1958
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His first two matches of the season were for Western Australia and a Western Australia Combined XI against the Englishmen, and he scored 60 and 17. In three further Shield matches, he continued his habit of not converting starts into larger scores, registering scores of between 31 and 67 in all six innings with three half-centuries. Up to this point, he had scored 364 runs at 52.00, and Simpson was selected for the Australian XI match against May's Englishmen, effectively a dress rehearsal for the Tests. He failed in both innings with two and a duck, and the hosts were crushed by 345 runs. Simpson was overlooked for selection for the First Test at Brisbane against England. Norm O'Neill, who had scored 1,003 runs at 83.75 in the previous season, while Simpson was in South Africa, took his middle-order position. Peter Burge failed in the First Test, resulting in Simpson's recall for the Second Test at Melbourne. Simpson made a duck in his only innings as Australia won by eight wickets and was subsequently omitted for the remainder of the series. At the time, Australia had three all rounders who were capable with the bat:Ken Mackay, Richie Benaud and Alan Davidson. This meant that Australia needed only five specialist batsmen and in the Fifth Test of the series, only four were used in order to accommodate an extra bowler. Simpson was facing heavy competition for a Test position.
  • 1957
    Age 21
    In the following season, Simpson was selected for the Test tour of South Africa in 1957 - 58.
    More Details Hide Details Ian Chappell suggests that Simpson was included "mainly for his catching." The young Australian team was derided as the worst to leave Australian shores. In the tour matches leading up to the Tests, Simpson performed consistently. He scored 103 against Transvaal and 53 not out against Eastern Province, and totaled 304 runs at 60.66 in seven matches ahead of the Tests. Although his form during the Tests was poor, Simpson added 150 against Griqualand West and scored 671 runs at 47.92. This earned Simpson his debut against South Africa in the First Test at Johannesburg. He compiled 60 in the first innings before being trapped leg before wicket by Hugh Tayfield. He took three catches and scored 23 not out in the second innings. He struggled in the remaining four Tests, with only 53 more runs in the remaining five innings to end with 136 runs at 22.67 in the Tests. His catching form was exceptional, yielding 13 catches in the five Tests and playing a factor in his retention in the team. In all Simpson took 26 catches in 16 matches. He took two wickets at 64.50 in the first-class matches, and managed 6/61 in a non-first-class match against the South African Country Districts.
  • 1956
    Age 20
    Simpson was one of many young players - eight of whom were uncapped - selected in an Australian side which toured New Zealand under Ian Craig in 1956 - 57.
    More Details Hide Details Australia was in a rebuilding phase and Test selection was at stake. He scored 263 runs at 43.83 in the first-class matches, including two half-centuries. Simpson played in all three matches against New Zealand, and scored 47, 67, 26 not out, a duck and 8 not out. His 67 was the top-score in the first innings of the second representative match.
  • 1955
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 20, he changed professions from accounting with the Sydney Water Board to journalism, having been given a newspaper editorial post with the Daily News in Perth. During the time, he lived in the house of Fremantle Cricket Club President Bob Ballantine. After the 1956 Ashes series, captain Ian Johnson and vice-captain Keith Miller both retired, creating more openings in a struggling national team. After a slow start for his adopted state, Simpson hit form in December, registering a sequence of 75, 97, 26, 96 and 112 not out, the latter two scores coming in a match against Queensland. Towards the end of the season, Simpson was selected for Lindwall's XI for a match against Harvey's XI. These matches were typically used as a selection trial for the 22 strongest players in the country. Simpson failed to make significant impact, scoring 35 and 10, and he ended the season with 572 runs at 47.66. He had another ineffective summer with the ball, taking two wickets at 95.50.
  • 1954
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, he failed to make the use of this, scoring only 123 runs in the first seven innings and was in and out of the team. He then struck form against Victoria, scoring 104 of New South Wales' 234. This was pivotal in a low-scoring match as Victoria made only 86 and 158 and helped New South Wales to a nine-wicket win. Simpson's final match of the season was against the Englishmen. He made six in the first innings as both teams made 172. In the second innings, Simpson reached 98, when light drizzle began to fall and English captain Len Hutton decided to engage in mind games by ordering his men to leave the ground even though the umpires had not adjourned the match. When the visitors returned to the field, Simpson feared another rain delay would stop him reaching his century, so he charged English spinner Johnny Wardle and was stumped. Nevertheless, he helped his state to inflict a rare defeat on Hutton's men; they had won the Tests convincingly 3 - 1 and had otherwise not been beaten on the tour. The end-of-season run-scoring pushed Simpson's tally for the season to 331 at 33.10; he bowled only in the first two matches of the summer, totalling 1/58.
  • 1952
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had played only 12 first grade matches prior to this. When he arrived to meet his team-mates, Australian vice-captain Arthur Morris asked him where his nappies were. At the age of 16 years and 354 days, this made him the second youngest cricketer to be capped for New South Wales, just three months older than teammate Ian Craig when he made his debut. He scored 44 and 8, without being dismissed in either innings. According to Haigh, "Great protectiveness was felt towards such a boy among men." From the last ball of a drawn match, Simpson attempted to run two, but his misjudgment saw him caught short by half the pitch. Nevertheless, umpire Hugh McKinnon turned down the appeal, and after Victorian captain Sam Loxton reacted angrily, the arbiter said "it's the last ball of the game and his first match". Simpson took his maiden wicket during the match, catching Test player Ian Johnson from his own bowling.
  • 1936
    Age 0
    Born on February 3, 1936.
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