Queensland Cricket on Tuesday paid tribute to former Australian and Queensland all-rounder Phil Carlson, who has died aged 70 after a long illness.
Carlson, who died on Friday, played two Tests for Australia against England in 1978-79 and was the 12th player to play in two more Ashes Tests as well as four ODIs against the tourists. His short international career came at the peak of World Series Cricket distinction.
The Queenslander, who turns 71 next week, has a strong record for his home state through a playing career that spans more than a decade since his first-class debut as an 18-year-old in January 1970. .
Queensland Cricket chairman Chris Simpson offered condolences to Carlson’s family on behalf of the cricket community.
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“Phil put in many outstanding performances for Queensland, and was a popular and much-loved member of the cricket community in his post-playing life,” Simpson said.
“He was a great supporter of the game through his positions with the Queensland Cricketers Club and took great pleasure in being associated with country and premiership cricket. We mourn his passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. will express,” the chairman added.
Carlson was the first Queenslander to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match, a feat achieved against New South Wales in 1978–79. It came in his strongest summer, scoring 545 runs and taking 31 wickets for Queensland, and marked his national Test and ODI debut.
In total, the all-rounder played 89 first-class games for Queensland, scoring 4144 runs at 28.97 and taking 122 wickets at 24.56. He also took 23 wickets in 21 ODIs for Queensland.
Carlson is survived by his wife Sandy, children Candy, Stan, Kurt, Hanna and nine grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at the Queensland Cricketers Club on Thursday.
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