Australian Wicket Keeper Tim Zoehrer was born on 25 September 1961 at Armadale, Perth, Western Australia. He played 10 Test matches between 1986 and 1987 and appeared in 22 ODI’s for Australia between 1986 and 1994. In 1980-81, he started his first-class cricket for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield. He learned the art of wicket-keeping under the supervision of Rod Marsh. Australia tried only one wicketkeeper after Marsh and his competition with Roger Woolley, Greg Dyer, and Wayne Phillips.
Therefore, when Rod Marsh retires in the 1983-84 season, he became the ultimate choice of Australian selectors. He was the wave of fresh air when the Australian team struggling under Kim Hughes’s captaincy. However, when the Allan border reunited the Australian team and touring New Zealand and India, Tim Zoehrer was the number one Australian wicketkeeper. Although, Zoehrer was a gritty player, very safe with the gloves, and had the loudest appeals. His batting was a bit of disarray in his test career, and could not perform in his actual class.
His personality clash with coach Bob Simpson created a lot of problems for him. Eventually, drop from the team and was replaced with Greg Dyer and then Ian Healy. His struggling period did not over and Ian Healy has taken the gloves permanently. Although, he went to England with the Australian team in 1989 and 1993 as Healy’s backup.
Tim Zoehrer was Australia’s reserve wicketkeeper in the 1987 cricket world cup. In 1994, he played his last ODI against South Africa at Perth and didn’t leave a good impression as a wicket keeper-batsman. He was a part-time leg break googly bowler, and 38 first-class wickets under his records. In 1993, he was picked as an Ian Healy deputy, but surprisingly, he took the 12 wickets at an average of 20.8, but he didn’t bowl in either Test matches or ODI’s.
Tim was a successful and popular keeper for Western Australia and was replaced by Adam Gilchrist at the begging of the 1994-95 domestic season. He never comes back after that. Tim later was played in the Netherlands, and post-retirement he coached the Netherlands. He wrote an autobiography book name “The Gloves Are Off”. In 2005, Tim Zoehrer appeared as a guest player for Chairman XI against South Africa at Perth, along with Bruce Reid. Tim Zoehrer has a keen interest in rules football as well, and played professional football with WAFL club East Fremantle in 1982.
In 10 Test matches, he scored 246 runs @ 20.50 with the best of 52* including 30 fours, 2 sixes, 18 catches, and one stump.
In 22 ODI’s he scored 130 runs @ 10.83 with the best of 50 including 21 catches and 2 stumps.
In 147 matches, he scored 5,348 runs @ 29.54 with the top score of 168, including 7 hundred, 27 fifties, 38 wickets, 423 catches, and 38 stumps.
In 72 List-A matches, he scored 786 runs @ 22.45 with the best of 83 runs, including 4 fifties, 85 catches, and six stumps.