Len Pascoe: Fast and furious to a mentor and entertainer

The picture on the left is of Len Pascoe in 1977, the year he made his international debut. Pascoe was an aggressive opening bowler in the era of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson. Dark complexioned, Pascoe’s distinctive features set him apart from other Australians. He was the son of Yugoslavian immigrants and his original surname was Durtanovich. He was a quick bowler who consistently clocked over 90 mph.

Troubled by a knee injury, he retired in 1982, having played 14 Tests and 29 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1977 and 1982, during this he also transferred to the competitive World Series Cricket (WSC). He was a feared fast bowler who picked up 64 Test wickets at an average of just over 26, while in ODIs, he was more lethal. He picked up 53 wickets at an average of just over 20.

The picture on the right is how Pascoe, 64, looks now – the lean handsome youngster making way for the chubby guy. He currently runs Len Pascoe Sports Entertainment and post retirement, he also coached New South Wales. Over the years, he has mentored the likes of Waugh twins, Glenn McGrath, Stuart Clarke and Steve Smith.