Phil Carlson

Phil Carlson
Personal information
Full namePhillip Henry Carlson
Born8 August 1951
Nundah, Queensland, Australia
Died29 July 2022(2022-07-29) (aged 70)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 300)27 January 1979 v England
Last Test10 February 1979 v England
ODI debut (cap 50)13 January 1979 v England
Last ODI7 February 1979 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1969/70–1980/81Queensland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 2 4 91 25
Runs scored 23 11 4,167 371
Batting average 5.75 5.50 28.34 20.61
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 5/19 0/3
Top score 21 11 110* 89
Balls bowled 368 168 7,512 1084
Wickets 2 2 124 25
Bowling average 49.50 35.00 24.96 23.60
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 2/41 1/21 7/42 5/35
Catches/stumpings 2/– 0/– 59/– 4/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 March 2013

Phillip Henry Carlson (8 August 1951 – 29 July 2022) was an Australian cricketer who played in two Test matches and four One Day Internationals (ODIs) in 1979. He was an all-rounder who played for Queensland between 1969–70 and 1980–81. He played his two Test matches for Australia v England in the 1978–79 Ashes series and the four One Day Internationals against the same opponents. He was called up by Australia when most of their regular first-choice players were playing in World Series Cricket.

Early life[edit]

Carlson was born in the Nundah suburb of Brisbane on 8 August 1951.[1] He started playing cricket for Northern Suburbs, where he caught the interest of State selectors when he was in first grade.[2]

Career[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Carlson made his first class debut for Queensland when he was 18, as a batsman.[3] He scored 85 in his second game[4] and began bowling as a back up bowler. He scored his first century in 1971–72[5] – the same season saw him pick up his first five wicket haul.[6]

Carlson played the 1973 season in the Lancashire League for Bacup.[7] He scored 686 runs and took 64 wickets.[8][9]

During the 1977–78 season, Carlson scored 103 against South Australia.[10] He later made 107 against Western Australia.[11]

For Queensland, Carlson took five wickets in a first class game five times, with one ten wicket haul. He also took a five wicket haul in a one-day game.[12] As of 2012, he was the only Queenslander to score a century and take ten wickets in a match.[13] This feat was achieved against New South Wales in 1978–79,[14] the season where Carlson hit his peak, scoring 545 runs and taking 31 wickets.[15][16]

International[edit]

Some strong performances at the beginning of the 1978–79 season saw Carlson picked in Australia's squad for the first test.[17] He was made 12th man for that and the second test. He was dropped from the squad for the third test, although he was kept on to play a one-day international.[18]

Carlson then scored a century and took ten wickets in a game against New South Wales. He followed this with 88 against South Australia.[19]

These strong performances saw Carlson selected to play in the Australian side for the fifth and sixth tests, replacing Geoff Dymock.[20] He performed poorly in these two matches, the only tests he played. Afterwards, former Australian selector John Benaud criticised the Test selection of Carlson, supposedly as an allrounder but whose "slow, gentle mediums" and batting ability at number six was not what Australian captain Graham Yallop needed.[21]

Carlson took two Test wickets and two ODI wickets. Graham Gooch was his most popular victim. He dismissed him once in Tests (50% of wickets) and he got him out twice in ODI (100%).[22]

Carlson was not selected for the 1979 Cricket World Cup,[23] and was never able to get back into the Australian team after the World Series Cricket players were available the following summer.[22][24]

Other[edit]

In April 1978, Carlson and Ian Brayshaw represented Australia at the international indoor double wicket cricket competition in England.[25]

Later life[edit]

After cricket, Carlson worked in property and property development. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 47.[26] In 2014, he was on the board of the Queensland Cricketers' Club.[27] He died on 29 July 2022, ten days before his 71st birthday. He suffered from a long unspecified illness prior to his death.[28][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phil Carlson". ESPN Cricinfo. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Vale Phil Carlson". Queensland Cricket. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Queensland v Victoria – Sheffield Shield 1969/70 – Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 30th, 31st January, 1st, 2nd February 1970 (4-day match)". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Queensland v New South Wales – Sheffield Shield 1970/71 – Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th October 1970 (4-day match)". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  5. ^ Queensland v New South Wales Sheffield Shield 1971/72 Venue – Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 15th, 16th, 17th, 18 October 1971
  6. ^ "Queensland v South Australia – Sheffield Shield 1971/72 – Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 21st, 22nd, 23rd January 1972 (4-day match)". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  7. ^ Lancashire League Matches played by Phil Carlson at CricketArchive
  8. ^ Batting and Fielding for BACUP 1973 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ Bowling for BACUP 1973 at CricketArchive
  10. ^ "Carlson to the Rescue". The Canberra Times. 21 November 1977. p. 20. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Breakthrough sought by WA, Queensland". The Canberra Times. 13 February 1978. p. 1 Section: Sports Section. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Special Bowling Performances for Queensland" Queensland Cricket Archived 10 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 14 November 2012
  13. ^ "Top First Class All-Round Efforts", Queensland Cricket Archived 31 December 2012 at archive.today Retrieved 14 November 2012
  14. ^ Queensland v New South Wales Sheffield Shield 1978/79 Venue Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 5th, 6th, 7th, 8 January 1979
  15. ^ First-class Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Phil Carlson at CricketArchive
  16. ^ First-class Bowling in Each Season by Phil Carlson at CricketArchive
  17. ^ "Yallop will captain inexperienced team". The Canberra Times. 23 November 1978. p. 38. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  18. ^ "Border, Higgs replace Cosier and Carlson". The Canberra Times. 22 December 1978. p. 18. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  19. ^ "Little help for Australian selectors yesterday". The Canberra Times. 20 January 1979. p. 44. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  20. ^ "Wright and Carlson in fifth Test team". The Canberra Times. 22 January 1979. p. 16. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  21. ^ Benaud, J. "The second-rate eleven", Australian Cricket, March 1979, p. 9.
  22. ^ a b c "Tributes flow for former Test allrounder Carlson". Cricket Australia. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  23. ^ "Cup squad surprises". The Canberra Times. 7 April 1979. p. 45. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  24. ^ Dawson, Andrew (11 November 2021). "Queensland cricket's forgtten Test XI". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  25. ^ "Australia faces hard battle in Test". The Canberra Times. 5 April 1978. p. 1 Section: Sports Section. Retrieved 13 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  26. ^ Hanlon, Peter (19 December 2014). "Phil Carlson remembers, and that's enough". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  27. ^ Qld Cricketers Club Committee Archived 16 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 19 July 2014
  28. ^ "Former Australia allrounder Phil Carlson dies aged 70". ESPN Cricinfo. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.

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