NEW DELHI: Former Australia and Queensland fast bowler, Peter Allan, who left an indelible mark in the world of cricket, has passed away at the age of 87.
Making his debut in the opening clash of the 1965-66 Ashes tour at the Gabba, Peter Allan showcased his exceptional skills on the field. In his maiden Test, he made an immediate impact by taking two crucial wickets, including that of England captain Mike Smith.
Following his unfortunate demise, Cricket Australia expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Peter Allan. The organization joined hands with Queensland Cricket to pay tribute to this legendary cricketer. Peter Allan, known for his towering height and right-arm pace, represented his country in the 1965-66 Ashes series, a testament to his remarkable career with Queensland. May he rest in peace, his contributions forever etched in the annals of Australian cricket.
Peter Allan's journey to Test cricket had its fair share of challenges. Despite his exceptional talent, he made his Test debut at the age of 29 during Australia's tour of the West Indies in 1964-65. Unfortunately, due to illness, he was unable to play a Test match during the tour, which was a setback in his promising career.
Throughout his cricketing tenure, Peter Allan achieved remarkable milestones. Notably, he became only the second player in Australian first-class cricket history to claim all 10 wickets in an innings. It was an extraordinary accomplishment that solidified his position as one of the finest bowlers of his time. The following season, Ian Brayshaw from Western Australia achieved the same feat, joining Peter Allan as one of the only three players to achieve this remarkable milestone.
Peter Allan's impact extended beyond that one memorable innings. In a Brisbane club game held in March 1966, he once again showcased his exceptional skills by claiming all 10 wickets in a single innings. His incredible performances were not limited to these record-breaking moments. In his Sheffield Shield career, Peter Allan took a total of 182 wickets at an impressive average of 25.29, setting an all-time record at that time. His remarkable achievements firmly established him as a key figure in Australian cricket.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Peter Allan participated in 57 first-class games, including 52 matches for Queensland. His remarkable ability to take wickets resulted in a tally of 206 dismissals at an average of 26.10. Notably, he accomplished the feat of claiming five wickets in an innings on 12 occasions, in addition to his outstanding 10-wicket haul.
The cricketing world mourns the loss of Peter Allan, a gifted and skilled fast bowler who left an enduring legacy in Australian cricket. From his impressive debut in the Ashes to his record-breaking feats, Allan's contributions will be cherished forever. As we bid farewell to this cricketing icon, we honor his memory and celebrate the impact he made on the sport. Rest in peace, Peter Allan, your name will forever echo in the halls of cricketing greatness.