Alderman represented Australia in 41 Tests and 65 ODIs    Getty Images
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Terry Alderman, born on June 12, 1956, represented Australia in 41 Tests and 65 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Alderman is known for his feats in the two Ashes in England in 1981 and 1989. Nishad Pai Vaidya picks 11 facts one must know about Alderman. (Related story:Terry Alderman: Life and times

1. Cricketing sister

Alderman s sister, Denise, played for the Australian women s team in the 1980s. Her career record is impressive. She played seven Tests and scored 454 runs at an average of 41.27 with one ton and three fifties. In one-day cricket, she had 21 matches and scored 820 runs at an average of 41.00 with eight fifties.

2. Father s cricketing influence

Alderman s father Bill, had played club cricket and had represented the Western Australia Colts in one game in 1946. He played a game against the visiting Marylebone Cricket Club which included players such as Joe Hardstaff, Cyril Washbrook and Alec Bedser to name a few. Alderman had dismissed Washbrook in that game.

3. Shining after toiling in domestic cricket

Terry Alderman made his debut in Shield cricket in 1974 at the age of 18. For the next six years, he worked hard and found success in the late 1970s. As a result, he was picked when Australia toured England in 1981 and that series saw him shine.

4. Magnificent debut series

Alderman made his Test debut during the Ashes 1981, where he made his debut. He finished with 42 wickets in six matches at an average of 21.26. During that series, he took four fifers. This is the fourth-highest in the list of most wickets taken by a bowler in a Test series. It is a record for the most wickets taken by a bowler in an Ashes series.

5. Tackling a spectator and missing out on a year of cricket

Although Alderman is remembered for his feats against the old rivals, he is also known for tackling a pitch invader during an Ashes Test in 1982. During the Perth Test, there was a pitch invasion and one of the spectators had a brush with Alderman, who then chased him down and tackled him. “I have played a bit of Aussie Rules and I know what a gentle tap is and what a thump to the head is, and that was a thump to the back of the head. With that he ran off, and I could see that there were no police in the vicinity so I attempted to apprehend him, he told ESPNcricinfo. However, while he came down, he hit his shoulder and that injury sidelined him for a year.

6. Rebel tours to South Africa

Alderman toured South Africa in the mid-1980s twice with rebel Australian teams. Due to this, he was banned from playing at the highest level for three years. As a result, he did not play a Test between 1984 and 1989.

7. Victorious return to England

In 1981, Alderman had a record-breaking summer in England, but Ian Botham s heroics won England the urn. Fast forward to 1989, Alderman was at the centre of an Australian revival under Allan Border. Alderman took 41 wickets in six Tests at an average of 17.36. Australia went on to win the series 4-0 and regain the urn.

8. A master in England

Alderman took 83 out of his 170 Test wickets in England. What makes it all the more remarkable is the fact that those 83 wickets came in 12 Tests, spread across two series. He did not play the Ashes 1985 due to his involvement in the rebel tour, else the numbers could have been a lot better. His 83 wickets in England came at an average of only 19.33. Also, 100 out of his 170 wickets came against England.

9. Western Australia s most successful bowler in Sheffield Shield before Jo Angel

Alderman took 384 wickets in the Sheffield Shield in 97 matches and was Western Australia s most successful bowler. In fact, for some time, he was only behind ClarrieGrimmett in the list of leading wicket-takers in Shield cricket, overall. Andy Bichel, Michael Kasprowicz and Jo Angel went on to overhaul his tally. Angel is now Western Australia s leading wicket-taker with 419 scalps.

10. Ross Emerson s brother-in-law

Alderman s sister, Denise s husband is the former international umpire Ross Emerson, who stood in 10 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the late 1990s. Emerson is remembered for no-balling MuttiahMuralitharan in two successive tours. In 1999, he no-balled the off-spinner in an ODI in Adelaide. This led to a very acrimonious setting with Emerson in the centre. That was his last game as an umpire.

11. After-dinner speaker and commentator

Alderman has made a name post retirement as a commentator and is also an after-dinner speaker.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Mumbai-based cricket journalist and one of the youngest to cover the three major cricketing events ICC World Cup, World T20 and under-19 World Cup. He tweets as @nishad_45)

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