CRICKET ICON: Jeff Thomson believes Viv Richards was the greatest batsman he ever bowled to in test cricket.
CRICKET ICON: Jeff Thomson believes Viv Richards was the greatest batsman he ever bowled to in test cricket. Lou Shipway Piparwar Photographi

No batsman better than Viv

FEW fast bowlers in cricket history struck more fear into a batsman than Jeff Thomson.

The tear-away fast bowler was the fastest of his time, and provided many cricket highlights of the 1970s.

Along with Dennis Lillie, Thomson redefined fast bowling.

His intimidating speed and relentless attack of the batsman defined an era of cricket.

This week, Jeff Thomson was in Dalby running students through drills and promoting the game of cricket.

The Dalby Herald took the opportunity to sit down with the Australian cricket legend to do a Q and A.

We took the chance to ask Thomson a few of our usual questions, as well as a few based on his career.

What was your first car?

A Mini Minor would you believe it. It was a Morris Cooper S.

Who was the best batsman you ever bowled to in Test cricket?

I would have to say Viv Richards. He was pretty good and he didn't wear a helmet.

What is your favourite memory playing cricket?

It is hard to say because I have so many. But it would probably be beating the West Indies as my favourite.

Since you have retired, what do you enjoy doing.

I enjoy coming out and promoting the game. I get to meet the kids, and meet people. That is what my life is now. I do a lot of shows.

What historical period would you like to live in if you could go back in time?

Probably the Roman Empire. I just like the Roman gladiators.

If you could replace one body part with a super bionic replacement, what body part would it be?

If I could change anything it would have to be my right knee.


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