Phil Carlson, a cricketer who played for Australia and Queensland in the past, went yesterday at the age of 70 after a protracted battle with sickness.
During the most contentious period of the World Series Cricket rift, the summer of 1978–1979, Carlson played two tests and four one-day internationals for Australia, all of which were played against England. He was given his first opportunity to play for Australia in the final two Tests of a six-match series, which Australia lost 5-1 owing to the unavailability of the players who were competing in the World Series.
At the age of 18, Carlson made his debut on the Australian domestic circuit in the 1969–1970 season by making a century for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield. His batting average for Queensland in the 1977–1978 and 1978–1979 seasons was 45.46 and 40.33 respectively, both of which were career highs for him.
He completed his first-class career with 4167 runs at a rate of 28.34, including five centuries. He also bowled at a medium pace and had a strike rate of 24.96, which helped him take 124 wickets, including five five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul. He was a brilliant slip fielder, and he made 59 first-class catches during his career. In the 1980–1981 season, he called it quits from playing first-class cricket.
Chris Simpson, the chairman of Queensland Cricket, has paid his respects to Carlson.
Simpson stated that “Phil gave many outstanding performances for Queensland, and in his post-playing life he was a popular and much-admired member of the cricketing fraternity.” “Phil provided many outstanding performances for Queensland,”
“He was a tremendous supporter of the game via positions with the Queensland Cricketers’ Club and took much delight in being linked with country and premier cricket.” “He was a great supporter of the game through roles with the Queensland Cricketers’ Club.” We shall be in mourning for his demise and extending our condolences to his family and friends.
His wife, Sandi, as well as his children Kandy, Steen, Kurt, and Hana, as well as nine grandchildren, survive him.
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