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'Stumpy' knocking down stumps

ESPN staff
March 1, 2014
The elephant mascot for the 2011 World Cup © ESPN.co.uk

Which international cricketer was known as "Stumpy"? asked Jeremy Arnold.

I played for years alongside a wicketkeeper whose nickname was "Stumps", but sadly he never quite made it to international cricket.

"Stumpy" was also the name of the elephant mascot for the 2011 World Cup. I suspect quite a few players may have had this moniker bestowed upon them over the years, but the one I heard it applied to most often was Bruce Laird, the Western Australian opener who played 21 Tests between 1979-80 and 1982-83.

He never quite managed a Test century, although he had scored three in the tough World Series Cricket "Supertests" before he won his first official cap. I think the nickname was also sometimes applied to David Boon, another stocky Australian batsman (and glowering short leg).

He was more usually known as "Boonie", but was occasionally called Stumpy because of his short stature.

It meant that for a while, when he went in first with Geoff Marsh, Australia's batting was opened by Stumpy and Swampy.

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