Bob Simpson to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Sydney, Dec. 30: Bob Simpson will be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on the eve of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.

Former Test captain Simpson was credited with bringing major changes in the Australian team’s fortunes during his decade-long tenure as its coach from 1985-86 to 1996.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, under Simpson’s coaching, the previously struggling Australian team won four consecutive Ashes (1989, 1990-91, 1993, 1994-95).

His illustrious playing career included 62 Tests and two ODIs for Australia from 1957 to 1978.

With his leg-spin bowling, Simpson took 71 wickets, including a career-best five for 57 against England in the 1963-64 Ashes in Sydney, the report said.

Simpson said that it was a huge honour for him to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Simpson, 77, will be inducted at a Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday, joining countrymen Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Neil Harvey, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Rodney Marsh, Keith Miller, Bill O’Reilly, Steve Waugh, Victor Trumper, Clarrie Grimmett, Frederick Spofforth, Alan Davidson, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist, the report added. (ANI)