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Matthew Elliott (cricketer)

Matthew Elliott
Elliott playing for South Australia in 2007
Personal information
Full name
Matthew Thomas Gray Elliott
Born (1971-09-28) 28 September 1971 (age 52)
Chelsea, Victoria, Australia
BowlingLeft-arm medium
RoleOpening batsman
RelationsSam Elliott (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 368)22 November 1996 v West Indies
Last Test1 July 2004 v Sri Lanka
Only ODI (cap 164)25 May 1997 v England
Domestic team information
2005/06–2007/08South Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 21 1 214 162
Runs scored 1,172 1 17,521 6,211
Batting average 33.48 1.00 47.00 46.00
100s/50s 3/4 0/0 50/84 17/35
Top score 199 1 203 156
Balls bowled 12 1,242 92
Wickets 0 13 0
Bowling average 58.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/68
Catches/stumpings 14/– 0/– 230/– 61/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 January 2023

Matthew Thomas Gray Elliott (born 28 September 1971) is a former cricketer from Australia, who played as a left-handed opening batsman.

Beginnings with Victoria

After he made his debut for Victoria in the 1992–93 season, he soon established himself as one of the top opening batsmen in Australian domestic cricket, before progressing his way through to the Bendigo and District Cricket Association playing for the Bendigo Cricket Club in his role as an opening batsman.

Test career

Elliott was called up to the Australian national team in the 1996–97 season, making his Test debut against the West Indies in November 1996. Unfortunately for Elliott, in just his second Test match he was injured in a mid-pitch collision with teammate Mark Waugh, resulting in the need for knee surgery.

Elliott returned for the 1996–97 tour of South Africa. He retained his place for the 1997 tour of England, scoring two centuries in the Ashes series, including a career-best 199. He also made his One Day International debut in 1997 in the Texaco Trophy, but scored 1, making it his only appearance in a limited overs international. Elliott was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 1998, although this wasn't enough for him to hold down a regular spot in the Australian side, and due to inconsistent performances after the Ashes series he slipped out of the national team in 1999. Steve Waugh, in his autobiography, described Elliott as "technically gifted but temperamentally flawed" and "prone to serious bouts of self-doubt and a tendency to let injuries rule his thought processes." Waugh stated that "[Elliott] would have been a perfect candidate...[for] a sports psychologist."[1]

Elliott continued to perform at domestic level for Victoria and on the English county scene, and in the 2003–04 season scored a remarkable 1381 runs in the Pura Cup, overtaking Graham Yallop's previous record (which was succeeded the very next year in 2004–05 by Michael Bevan). Rewarded with the Pura Cup Player of the Year award and a new Cricket Australia contract, he was recalled to the national team for the first time in five years. However, he played in just one unsuccessful Test against Sri Lanka, where he batted at number 3 in place of Ricky Ponting (who was absent because of a family bereavement); batting outside his normal position, Elliott scored just 0 and 1.

This performance dented hopes of a resurgence in his international career greatly. In addition to this, he also had a below-par season in the subsequent 2004–05 domestic season for Victoria, averaging in the mid-30s.

Move to South Australia

Matthew Elliott's Test career batting performance

In April 2005 Elliott made a request to leave the Victorian team to join South Australia as player-coach; this was originally rejected by Cricket Victoria although Elliott appealed their decision. On 5 May a Cricket Australia grievance tribunal overturned Cricket Victoria's decision, freeing the way for Elliott to move.

In the 2005–06 season Elliott struggled with injury and inconsistent form. The 2006–07 season was equally disappointing, with just 193 runs at 13.8 from seven first class games. As a result, he was axed from the South Australian state side. Curiously his form in the domestic one-day competition was much better with 465 runs at 51.6, highlighted by two centuries.

English county cricket

On the English county scene, Elliott made a century at Lord's in the 2002 C&G Trophy final to win the title for Yorkshire - their first one-day trophy for 15 years. He signed a short-term contract for the 2007 season with Yorkshire as cover for Yorkshire's primary overseas player Younis Khan, who was due to be participating in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. However, following Pakistan's untimely exit, Younis was able to take up his role at his new county from the start of the season, thus Elliott was left surplus to requirements. Following the cancellation, Elliott agreed to join Glamorgan on a four-week deal as cover for Australian left-handed batsmen Jimmy Maher.[2]


Elliott announced his retirement from first-class cricket in February 2008.[3] He then played for the Chandigarh Lions in the Indian Cricket League.


  1. ^ Waugh, Steve (2005). Steve Waugh: Out of my comfort zone - the autobiography. Victoria: Penguin Group (Australia). pp. 418–419. ISBN 0-670-04198-X.
  2. ^ "Glamorgan snap up Aussie Elliott". BBC Sport. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  3. ^ Brettig, Daniel (12 February 2008). "Matthew Elliott fades into retirement". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011.
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