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Australian History

December 29, 1960 – Australian cricketer David Boon was born


David Boon

David Boon

David Clarence Boon MBE is an Australian cricket match umpire, former cricket commentator and international cricketer whose international playing career spanned the years 1984–1996.

He was born on December 29, 1960 in the Northern Tasmanian city of Launceston, the son of Clarrie and Lesley Boon.

His father Clarrie worked in a newsagency in Launceston, while his mother Lesley represented Australia at hockey before working with Clarrie at the newsagency after David was born. 

A right-handed batsman and a very occasional off-spin bowler, he played first-class cricket for both his home state Tasmania and English county side Durham.

Known for his portly figure and distinctive moustache, Boon scored more than 7,000 runs at Test level, and made more than 100 appearances for both the Test and One Day International Australian side.

After leaving the international game he went to England to captain Durham before retiring to become a national selector.

The Southern Stand at Bellerive Oval was named David Boon Stand in his honour.

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