Bruce Reid

Bruce Antony Reid (born 14 March 1963) is a retired Australian cricketer and was bowling coach of the Indian national cricket team on their 2003–04 tour to Australia.

Bruce Reid
Reid in Hong Kong, 1988
Personal information
Full nameBruce Antony Reid
Born (1963-03-14) 14 March 1963
Perth, Western Australia
Height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
RelationsJF Reid (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 334)December 1985 v India
Last TestNovember 1992 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 89)9 January 1986 v New Zealand
Last ODI18 March 1992 v West Indies
Domestic team information
1984/85–1995/96Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 27 61 96 96
Runs scored 93 49 503 104
Batting average 4.65 3.76 7.85 5.77
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 13 10 30 15*
Balls bowled 6,244 3,250 20,831 5,112
Wickets 113 63 350 106
Bowling average 24.63 34.96 26.63 30.65
5 wickets in innings 5 1 12 1
10 wickets in match 2 0 3 0
Best bowling 7/51 5/53 7/51 5/53
Catches/stumpings 5/– 6/– 19/– 11/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 December 2005

Domestic career

Reid played for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

International career

He represented Australia in Test cricket between December 1985 and December 1992 and in One Day Internationals between January 1986 and March 1992. He played 27 Test matches for Australia taking 113 Test wickets at an average of 24.63 runs per wicket. He also played 61 one-day-internationals taking 63 ODI wickets.

Reid bowled left-arm fast-medium and had natural swing and an awkward angle of delivery. He achieved steepling bounce from his great height and was very accurate. Reid made his debut against India in January 1986. He was a mainstay of the Australian bowling attack from that time on. However, during Australia's tour of Pakistan in 1988 he suffered a back injury. Thereafter, Reid was frequently injured and was rarely fully fit, which limited his international career. In the 1990–91 Ashes series against England he took 27 wickets at an average of 16.00 in the first four Tests and won the award for player of the series, despite missing the last Test due to injury.[1]


Reid is 6'8" (203 cm) tall, the same height as former West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner. Until the appearance of 7'1" (216 cm) tall Pakistani left arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan in 2010, Reid and Garner were the tallest players ever to have played international cricket.

After cricket

Since retirement as a player, Reid has developed a career as a bowling coach, and worked with teams around the world including the Indian national cricket team, the Zimbabwe national cricket team and Hampshire County Cricket Club. He has also mentored Australian fast bowlers, including Nathan Bracken.[2] He is a cousin of John Reid, the New Zealand batsman.


  1. Wisden 1992, pp. 964, 980-81.
  2. "Reid tipped to be bowling coach". The Times Of India. 27 November 2003.

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