1 Jan 2014

Bob Simpson makes Hall of Fame

4:27 pm on 1 January 2014

Former Australian cricket captain Bob Simpson is to become the 20th Australian inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place on the eve of the fifth Ashes Test which begins this Friday in his hometown Sydney.

Simpson was credited with engineering a major turnaround in the Australian team's fortunes during his decade-long tenure as its coach from 1985-86 to 1996.

Under Simpson's coaching, the previously struggling Australian team won four consecutive Ashes (1989, 1990-91, 1993, 1994-95) and ended the West Indies' 15-year unbeaten run in Test cricket in 1995, in their own backyard.

His illustrious playing career included 62 Tests and two ODIs for Australia from 1957 to 1978.