John Inverarity

Infobox Historic Cricketer

nationality = Australian
country = Australia
country abbrev = AUS
name = John Inverarity
picture = cricket no pic.pngbatting style = Right-handed batsman
bowling style = Left-arm orthodox spin
tests = 6
test runs = 174
test bat avg = 17.39
test 100s/50s = 0/1
test top score = 56
test balls = 372
test wickets = 4
test bowl avg = 23.25
test 5s = 0
test 10s = 0
test best bowling = 3/26
test catches/stumpings = 4/-
FCs = 223
FC runs = 11777
FC bat avg = 35.90
FC 100s/50s = 26/60
FC top score = 187
FC balls = 16840
FC wickets = 221
FC bowl avg = 30.67
FC 5s = 7
FC 10s = 0
FC best bowling = 7/86
FC catches/stumpings = 251/-
debut date = 25 July
debut year = 1968
last date = 10 August
last year = 1972
source = CricketArchive

Robert John Inverarity (born January 31 1944, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia) is a former Test and first-class cricketer. A right-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spin bowler in his playing career, Inverarity was also one of the enduring captains in the Australian Sheffield Shield during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Cricket career

He played in six Tests between 1968 and 1972 and played first class cricket for Western Australia, South Australia and Australia over a period of twenty-three years between 1962 and 1985. As a state player, he captained Western Australia to Sheffield Shield glory four times in five years. When his teaching career took him to Adelaide his new team of South Australia went on to win the Shield in 1981 and 1982. Batting at the Adelaide Oval he was involved in one of the most unusual "dismissals" in cricket history. After being clean-bowled for a duck by Greg Chappell - the ball deviating in mid-air - he was recalled to bat by umpire Colin Egar who signalled dead-ball, literally; the ball had deflected off a now-deceased unlucky local sparrow. [] After retiring from cricket in 1985 (aged 41) he continued teaching, before going into coaching on the English county scene with Kent and Warwickshire.

To recognise his contribution to the state team, the Western Australian Cricket Association named a stand at the WACA cricket ground in his honour. The stand, built in 1970 for the WACA's inaugural Test and initially named the "Test Stand", was later renamed to the "Inverarity-Western Underwriters Stand".


A one-time mathematics teacher, he was influential as Vice-Principal at Adelaide's Pembroke School (1981-1988) and Headmaster of Perth's Hale School (1989-2003) because he use to tell the students stories about good batting sessions that he used to have when he played for Australia. In testament to his outstanding leadership during a time of extensive facilities expansion, the new music and drama centre at Hale was named in his honour - The John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre. In 2006, reflecting outstanding academic credentials, John was appointed warden of St George's College, the University of Western Australia. He was also appointed as a member of the University Senate by the Governor Ken Michael.


His father was Mervyn Inverarity a champion Western Australian first-class cricketer during the 1930s and 40s and later senior administrator within the Western Australian Cricket Association.

Inverarity's daughter Alison Inverarity was an Olympic high jumper, representing Australia at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.




Australian state

*South Australia
*Western Australia

Career highlights


Test Debut: vs England, Leeds, 1968
Last Test: vs England, The Oval, 1972
*Inverarity's best Test batting score of 56 was made against England, The Oval, 1968
*His best Test bowling figures of 3 for 26 came against England, Leeds, 1972

External links

* [ Cricinfo Player Profile : John Inverarity]
* [ HowSTAT! statistical profile of John Inverarity]

NAME=Inverarity, Robert John
DATE OF BIRTH=January 31 1944
PLACE OF BIRTH=Subiaco, Western Australia

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