T.J. Zoehrer


T.J. Zoehrer

Timothy Joseph Zoehrer (born 25 September 1961 in Armadale, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricket player. He played as a wicket-keeper.He began his career in the 1980-81 season with Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield as an understudy to Rod Marsh. After Marsh's retirement he became the number one state keeper and eventually the Australian Test keeper. He played ten Test matches between 1986 and 1987 when Australia were far from the top team in the world. He also played 22 One Day Internationals. After a personality clash with Australian coach and newly appointed selector, Bob Simpson, Zoehrer claims he was replaced as first-choice keeper by Simpson for personal reasons. He was replaced firstly by Greg Dyer and then Ian Healy, though he did tour England twice, in 1989 and 1993, as Healy's deputy. Zoehrer played his final One Day International in 1994, seven years after his previous appearance again as a replacement for a rested Healy.

Zoehrer was a successful and popular keeper for Western Australia with a state record of 360 dismissals and also took 38 wickets with his leg break bowling. He was controversially axed in 1994, when the state opted for NSW's Adam Gilchrist behind the stumps.Zoehrer later played and coached cricket in the Netherlands and wrote an autobiography, "The Gloves Are Off".Zoehrer played professional Australian rules football with Western Australian Football League (WAFL) club East Fremantle in 1982.

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