Ray Phillips (cricketer)

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Ray Phillips
Cricket information
BattingRight-hand bat
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1978/79New South Wales
1979/80-1985/86Queensland
Career statistics
Competition FC List A
Matches 89 21
Runs scored 2925 129
Batting average 28.96 16.12
100s/50s 1/21 -/-
Top score 111* 19
Balls bowled
Wickets
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match -
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 271/15 26/0
Source: [1]

Raymond Berry Phillips (born 23 May 1954) is an Australian cricketer who was born and raised in New South Wales and originally represented that state, but moved to Queensland in 1979 and played for that state for many years. He was selected for the 1985 Ashes squad but did not appear in any of the Test matches on the tour.

Career[edit]

Phillips made his club debut in 1971 aged 15. He toured Sri Lanka in 1971 with the Australian Schoolboys and played for NSW Colts for three years. His first job after school was working for Bert Oldfield.

First Class Cricketer[edit]

Phillips played three games for NSW but Steve Rixon was blocking his path so he moved to Queensland in 1979.[1]

Phillips scored his debut first class century in 1981–82.[2]

After Marsh retired in 1984, Phillips was considered a candidate for the keeping position for the tour of the West Indies.[3] However the selectors preferred Roger Woolley, who had a better batting record, with Wayne Phillips as a backup. When Woolley was injured the selectors went for Wayne Phillips.

Wayne Phillips impressed enough on the tour to be kept as Australian keeper for the 1984–85 summer. When he was injured, selectors relied on Steve Rixon. Rixon and Wayne Phillips were selected as the keepers on the 1985 Ashes tour. Rixon had to drop out when it was revealed he had signed to tour South Africa and Ray Phillips was selected in his place.[4]

In the 1984–85 Sheffield Shield final, Phillips scored 53 and 47 in Queensland's one wicket loss.[5]

Ashes Tourist[edit]

Ray Phillips was the reserve keeper on the tour and did not play in any test matches. He played 7 first class games taking 13 catches with a top score of 39, against Worcestershire, where he took part in a 96 run stand with Allan Border.[6][7][8]

Later career[edit]

Wayne Phillips' keeping declined over the 1985–86 summer and there were some calls to replace him with Ray Phillips.[9] However, when Wayne was dropped as keeper in 1986, the selectors went for Tim Zoehrer.[10]

Phillips' last first glass game was the 1985–86 Sheffield Shield final, which Queensland lost.[11][12]

Ray Phillips retired from all forms of cricket in August 1986.[13][14] He was replaced as Queensland's wicketkeeper by Peter Anderson.

Post cricket career[edit]

Phillips commentated cricket matches for ABC radio. He was also a selector for the Queensland cricket team. Phillips gained notoriety on social media site Reddit after commentating on a Cricket Australia live stream where he proceeded to complain about aspects of cricket and life in general including players performing hand shakes and high fives, players taking unscheduled drinks breaks, toasters, and his views that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had become too one-sided.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips is Jewish.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hypnosis for his 'spark'". The Canberra Times. 28 December 1980. p. 9 Section: SPORT. Retrieved 15 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "A maiden century saves the day for Queensland". The Canberra Times. 13 February 1982. p. 42. Retrieved 15 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Australian cricketers leave for West Indies Hughes: we will all defend our wickets". The Canberra Times. 16 February 1984. p. 26. Retrieved 15 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Third choices win places in Ashes squad". The Canberra Times. 25 April 1985. p. 1. Retrieved 19 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive".
  6. ^ "CRICKET in another batting assault". The Canberra Times. 13 May 1985. p. 20. Retrieved 19 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive".
  8. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive".
  9. ^ Trevor Grant (31 December 1985). "Phillips must make way for Phillips behind the stumps". The Age.
  10. ^ "Phillips loses custody". The Canberra Times. 31 January 1986. p. 1 Section: SPORTS SECTION. Retrieved 15 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive".
  12. ^ "The shiled [sic] stays in NSW". The Canberra Times. 19 March 1986. p. 44. Retrieved 19 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "Warming up for the Ashes India should toughen up team: Border". The Canberra Times. 27 August 1986. p. 46. Retrieved 19 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "Ray Phillips critical of Border's 'part-time' Q'land captaincy". The Canberra Times. 11 March 1987. p. 42. Retrieved 15 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "tdlan comments on Match Thread: Sheffield Shield, Round 8, Day 2". Reddit. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  16. ^ "A history of Jewish first-class cricketers | News | Maccabi Australia".

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