[caption id="attachment_820100" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-820100" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Bruce-Yardly-Cricket-Australia.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="407" /> Yardly played 33 Tests and snapped 126 wickets. @ Cricket Australia[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> Test spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/bruce-yardley/">Bruce Yardley</a> passed away on Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. The 71-year-old, who played 33 Tests, snapped 126 wickets and pocketed another seven in as many ODIs. <p></p> <p></p>Yardley took baby steps on the field as an occasional swing bowler before he became the world s most successful spinner. His memorable innings will be the golden summer in 1981-82 when he dismissed 51 Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand batsmen. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/bruce-yardley-8-things-about-muttiah-muralitharans-coach-507930">Bruce Yardley: 8 things about Muttiah Muralitharan's coach</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/western-australia">Western Australian</a> also played 105 first-class matches where he scalped 344 wickets. He played 52 shield matches for Western Australia, his best season coming in 1980-81 when he claimed 40 wickets. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/bruce-yardley-the-all-rounder-who-coached-muttiah-muralitharan-30647">Bruce Yardley: The all-rounder who coached Muttiah Muralitharan</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Yardley later coached <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a>, becoming an influential mentor to another unorthodox off-spinner in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/muttiah-muralitharan/">Muttiah Muralitharan</a>.