ICC Hall of Fame

Clarrie Grimmett
Inducted: 2009 | Career: 1925 - 1936



The first bowler to reach 200 Test wickets, Clarrie Grimmett certainly made up for lost time when he made his debut at the age of 33. He ended up with 216 Test wickets, including 21 5-wicket hauls.

Player Bio

The New Zealand-born Clarrie Grimmett played for Australia and is considered to be one of the finest early spin bowlers. He started off playing club cricket in Wellington, and when he was 17, he made his first-class debut for Wellington. He moved to Australia in 1914, and played first-class cricket for Victoria. Grimmett played 37 Tests for Australia, taking 216 wickets at an average of just 24.21. He took a five-wicket haul on debut against England in 1925, and became the first bowler to pick up 200 Test wickets, and along with Dilip Doshi, is the only Test bowler who played in his first Test after the age of 30 and take 100 wickets. He picked up a five-wicket haul on 21 occasions, and finished with ten wickets seven times in a match.

date of birth:
25 Dec 1891
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Date of debut:
27 Feb 1925