ICC Hall of Fame

Bill OReilly



Rated by Don Bradman as the greatest bowler he had ever seen, Bill O'Reilly took 144 Test wickets in 27 Tests at an average of just 22.59.

Player Bio

Also known as ‘Tiger’, Bill O'Reilly was rated as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game. O'Reilly was among the best spin bowlers to ever play the game, sending down leg breaks, googlies and top spinners with no apparent change in action. When O'Reilly died, Sir Donald Bradman said he was the greatest bowler he had ever faced or watched. In 1935, Wisden wrote of him: "O'Reilly was one of the best examples in modern cricket of what could be described as a 'hostile' bowler."

Date of debut:
29 Jan 1932