Wednesday, October 14

Lindsay Francis Kline (1934-2015) Test Cap # 207

Full name Lindsay Francis Kline
Born September 29, 1934, Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria
Died October 2, 2015, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 81 years 3 days)
Major teams Australia, Victoria
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman
Relation Nephew - JB Kline

Lindsay Francis Kline was an Australian and Victorian cricketer.He played in 13 Tests for Australia and 88 first-class matches between 1955/56 and 1961/62. He was a left-arm spin bowler, bowling left-arm unorthodox spin (or chinaman).Kline is probably best remembered for his involvement in the outcome of two Test matches of the 1960/61 West Indies tour of Australia. He was the batsman who faced the seventh ball of the last over off Wes Hall in the famous Tied Test between Australia and West Indies at The Gabba in Brisbane in 1960. He also partnered all-rounder Ken Mackay in a 109-minute last wicket stand in the Fourth Test of the same series at the Adelaide Oval which forced a remarkable draw.Kline is one of the few cricketers to have taken a hat-trick in Test cricket, which he did in Cape Town in 1957/58 in his second Test.In the Second Test in Lahore in 1959/60 he took 7 wickets for 75 in the 2nd innings. Despite playing well in India and Pakistan, his form dropped at home. He was in the touring party to England in 1961 but did not play in any of the Test matches.Kline attended Camberwell High School from 1949 to 1950.

The chinaman bowler Lindsay Kline represented Australia in just 13 Tests, nine of them overseas where he was notably successful (31 wickets at 15.35). He took a hat-trick in his second Test, in Cape Town in 1957-58, but is best remembered for facing the last ball of the first tied Test, against West Indies at Brisbane in the classic 1960-61 series. He also denied West Indies for 100 minutes as Australia held on for a draw at Adelaide in the same series. It was his last act in Test cricket.

Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 23-28, 1957
Last Test Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, Jan 27-Feb 1, 1961
First-class span 1955/56 - 1961/62