Infobox cricketer biography
playername = Tom Brooks
country = Australia
fullname = Thomas Francis Brooks
dayofbirth = 28
monthofbirth = 3
yearofbirth = 1919
Paddington, New South Wales
dayofdeath = 16
monthofdeath = 7
yearofdeath = 2007
batting = Right-handed
bowling = Right-arm fast
role = Bowler, umpire
club1 = New South Wales
year1 = 1947 – 1953
type1 = First-class
debutdate1 = 1 January
debutyear1 = 1947
debutfor1 = NSW
debutagainst1 = Queensland
lastdate1 = 23 January
lastyear1 = 1953
lastfor1 = NSW
lastagainst1 = Victoria
umpire = true
testsumpired = 23
umptestdebutyr = 1970
umptestlastyr = 1978
odisumpired = 2
umpodidebutyr = 1971
umpodilastyr = 1975
deliveries = balls
columns = 1
column1 = FC
matches1 = 16
runs1 = 192
bat avg1 = 16.00
100s/50s1 = 0/0
top score1 = 26*
deliveries1 = 1463
wickets1 = 65
bowl avg1 = 22.50
fivefor1 = 3
tenfor1 = 0
best bowling1 = 6/54
catches/stumpings1 = 10/–
date = 16 July
year = 2007
source = http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/4211.html Cricinfo
Thomas Francis Brooks OAM (born
28 March 1919- July 16 2007) was an Australian Test cricket match umpire who was born in Paddington, New South Wales. Brooks had earlier played first class cricket for NSW and was the last Australian umpire to have both umpired in a Test matchand played first class cricket. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/Sport/Former-cricket-umpire-Tom-Brooks-dies/2007/07/16/1184559687785.html AAP via "Sydney Morning Herald", "Former cricket umpire Tom Brooks dies" July 16 2007] ]
First Class Playing Career
As a first-class cricketer Brooks was a right-arm fast bowler who played 16 matches for New South Wales, between 1946/47 and 1952/53 seasons, taking 65 wickets at an average of 22.50, and scoring 192 runs at 16.00.
Jack Pollarddescribed him as a “spirited” bowler “who moved the ball appreciably in the air. He played first with the Waverley club but later with the Manly club.
International Umpiring Career
He umpired 23 Test matches between 1970 and 1978. His first match was between Australia and England at Brisbane on
27 Novemberto 2 December 1970, a drawn match in which Keith Stackpolescored 207 and Doug Waltersa century. Brooks’ partner was Lou Rowan.
He was appointed to umpire what would have been his 24th Test, the third of that series, with Rowan, which was scheduled for Melbourne, but the test was abandoned without a ball bowled. Notwithstanding that Brooks and Rowan were required to make decisions on several occasions during the first three days scheduled for play, relating to the possibility of play following any number of inspections of pitch and surrounds, the
International Cricket Council(I.C.C.) decided that the test could not be recognised as such. A 40-over match was played in place of the test and was won by Australia by 5 wickets. Brooks (and Rowan) thus became the first umpires to stand in a One Day Internationalmatch. Brooks stood in one other ODI, in 1975.
The last Test match of the 1970/71 series, at Sydney on
12 Februaryto 17 February 1971, was a dramatic game won by England by 62 runs to regain the Ashes. In this match captain Ray Illingworthled the English players from the field following a crowd disturbance after fast bowler John Snow had hit Australian lower-order batsman Terry Jenneron the head with a bouncer. Brooks’ colleague Lou Rowan had issued Snow with a warning for intimidatory bowling and Snow’s and Illingworth’s displeasure was clear to the crowd who booed passionately. When Snow finished his over and moved to his fielding position on the boundary, he was grabbed by a spectator, and had beer-cans thrown at him. Following the English walk-off, Illingworth was advised by the umpires either to resume or forfeit the match, and the players returned after the ground was cleared.
In 1971/72 season, a scheduled tour of Australia by South Africa was cancelled following political and moral protests against the apartheid policies of the South African government. In its place a ‘World Team’ visited Australia and played a series of matches against Australia, which although first class, were never officially recognised as test matches. Brooks stood in three of those matches.
Brooks stood, with
Max O’Connellin the Centenary Test Match between Australia and England, played at Melbourne on 12 Marchto 17 March 1977, won by Australia by 45 runs – identical to the result of the first Test 100 years before. Dennis Lilleetook 11 wickets, Rod Marshfinally achieved a century against England, debutant David Hookeshit English captain Tony Greigfor five consecutive fours, Rick McCoskerbatted with a broken jaw, and Derek Randallscored a gallant 174, in a memorable match, attended by many of the past great names of Australian and English cricket.
Last Test Match
Brooks’ last Test match was also between Australia and England at Perth on
15 Decemberto 20 December 1978, won by England by 166 runs, in spite of 10 wickets in the match to Rodney Hogg. Brooks’ colleague was Robin Bailhache. Afterwards it was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (Mossop) and the Adelaide Advertiser (Coward), that he admitted that his nerve had cracked in the match. This was never said in any form and following legal representation a retraction was later printed by the Sydney Morning Herald, on the basis that its report had been obtained from a source found not to be as trustworthy as was originally thought. The Adelaide Advertiser provided both a published and private apology.
He officiated 95 first-class matches in his career between 1967 and 1979. In 1977 he stood for a full season in the English
County Championshipand on the basis of points allocated out of ten per match by the various county captains relating to performance, there were only 5 (out of 28) first class umpires who accumulated more.
Brooks received an
Order of Australiamedal for his services to Cricket and Baseball in 1985.
Australian Test Cricket Umpires
List of test umpires
* [http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/5/5750/5750.html Cricket Archive]
* Pollard, Jack, "Australian Cricket: 1948-1995, The Packer Years". Sydney, The Book Company, 1995.
* Pollard, Jack, "Australian Cricket: The game and the players". Sydney, Hodder & Stoughton, 1982. (ISBN 0-340-28796-9)
* Rowan, Lou, "The Umpire’s Story: with an analysis of the laws of cricket", Sydney, Jack Pollard, 1972. (ISBN 0-909950-26-1)
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