A.L. Mann

Anthony Longford Mann (born November 8, 1945, Middle Swan, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 4 Tests from 1977 to 1978.

 

He was only the second man in history to score a century in a Test match after being sent in as nightwatchman following Nasim-ul-Ghani of Pakistan with 105 against India at Perth in 1977-78. But whereas Nasim was hardly a fish out of water batting at No. 6, Mann was well and truly in the deep end at No. 3. It was a vital innings too, as it laid the foundation for Australia's successful fourth-innings chase of 342 for 8. But Mann continued to struggle in his day job (after taking 3 for 12 in his first innings, his leggies yielded only one more wicket at a cost of 304 runs) and played only two more Tests.

In a domestic career spanning two decades, he was a key part of several Shield-winning Western Australian sides.

 

A leg break bowler with a sharp googly, Mann was almost selected for 1969-70 Australian Second XI Tour of New Zealand when the Test players were in India and South Africa. A useful batsman, he made the Test side during the first season of the Packer schism. His father was Jack Mann, a pioneer of the wine industry in Western Australia.

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