Bruce Yardley Bio

Bruce Yardley (5 September 1947 – 27 March 2019) was an Australian cricketer who played in 33 Tests and seven ODIs from 1978 to 1983, taking 126 Test wickets.

Known to his teammates as ‘Roo’, Yardley was an off-spin bowler who, like many spinners, began as a fast-medium pace seamer. In his late 20s Yardley switched to off-spin and had success at club and then state level.

Bruce Yardley Biography

In the early 1980s Yardley was Australia’s first-choice spinner; during this period he took most of his 126 Test wickets, including a Test-best of 7/98 against the West Indies at Sydney in 1981/82. It was for this and other eye catching performances that he was named the 1981/1982 Benson and Hedges International Cricketer of the Year, winning a new sports car.

However he had to purchase this car from his fellow players from that year. The car was put into the teams prize pool with other prizes which included cash which at the end of the year was divided depending on how much you played.

After retiring from competitive cricket Yardley remained involved in the sport as a coach and media commentator. In 1997 he was appointed coach of the Sri Lankan national team. He was also a regular cricket commentator on TV and radio.


Bruce Yardley began playing grade cricket with Midland-Guildford as a fast medium bowler.

He made his first-class cricket debut in 1966–67, taking one wicket against Queensland.  (The second game came against Victoria at the WACA in 1970–71

In 1971 Yardley began developing his abilities as a spin bowler and worked on his batting. He gained selection for WA as a batsman in 1973–74 He scored 43 not out against the touring New Zealanders in 1974. He would occasionally bowl as well.

In 1973–74 he scored a quick fire 59 in a Gillette Cup game, helping WA beat NSW.

In 1974–75 he played for West Australia primarily as a batsman.

After a decade in First-Class cricket Yardley had 14 First-Class matches, scoring 246 runs at 14.47 and picking up six wickets at 61.83. He had bowled only 923 deliveries (153.5 six-ball overs).


Yardley was appointed the Sri Lankan coach in 1997. He later coached Singapore at the 2001 ICC Trophy

He coached Western Australia to their first Imparja Cup in 2009–10.

Cause of Death

Yardley died of cancer on 27 March 2019.

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