Jeff Thomson was one of Australia's fastest bowlers of all time © Getty Images
Jeff Thomson was one of Australia’s fastest bowlers of all time © Getty Images

Melbourne: Former tearaway fast bowler Jeff Thomson will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal dinner on Wednesday. Thomson, 65, will be handed the honour 20 years after his one-time fearsome bowling partner Dennis Lillee was part of the original intake of 10. Wicketkeeper Wally Grout, who died at 41 in 1968, will be inducted alongside Thomson, bringing the membership to 41. Thomson played 50 Tests between 1972 and 1985, taking 200 wickets, the sixth most at the time. He is now 15th on the Australian list, with Lillee — with whom he opened the bowling for most of his career — in third place with 355. READ: Jeff Thomson returns to Mumbai to monitor growth of young fast bowlers

Thomson also played 50 one-dayers for another 55 scalps. Grout played 51 Tests between 1957 and 1966, catching 163 batsmen and stumping 24 and averaging 15.08 with the bat. He still shares the record of eight catches in a Sheffield Shield innings with former Victorian captain Darren Berry.

Thomson was in Mumbai to monitor the growth of the young bowlers at the Mumbai Cricket Association(MCA) IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation. Thomson, who formed a deadly pace combination with Dennis Lillee in the 1970s, would also be conducting training sessions and practise matches for players not participating in the above tournaments at the Goregaon Sports Club in Mumbai, according to the release. READ: Jeff Thomson: Ishant Sharma and other Indian bowlers lack discipline

Earlier in September 2015, The MCA  roped in legendary former Australian pacer as the coach for MCA-IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation. The young bowling talents from around the city, who are in the scheme of themes of the Mumbai selectors for the upcoming domestic season, will be trained and coached by the Australian legend.