Carl Rackemann

Carl Rackemann
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Domestic team information
19791995 Queensland
1995 Surrey
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 12 52
Runs scored 53 34
Batting average 5.29 2.83
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 15* 9*
Balls bowled 2719 2791
Wickets 39 82
Bowling average 29.15 22.35
5 wickets in innings 3 1
10 wickets in match 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/86 5/16
Catches/stumpings 2/- 6/-
Source: , 12 December 2005

Carl Gray Rackemann OAM[1] (nicknamed "Mocca"), born 3 June 1960 in Wondai, Queensland, is a former Queensland and Australian cricketer. He was a fast bowler in 12 Tests, 52 ODIs and 167 first-class cricket matches in a career spanning 1979–80 to 1995–96.

International career

Rackemann, a well built fast bowler, made his Test debut versus England at Brisbane in 1982 and was consistently picked for the national side, mainly for One Day Internationals, until 1985. He was the leading wicket taker during the 1984-85 tour of India.

He signed up to play in the rebel tours of South Africa (1985-86 and 1986-87). Therefore, missing out on representing the official Australian team during this time.

Rackemann came back into the Australian team in 1989, first being picked for that year's Ashes tour to England. In the 2nd innings of the Test against New Zealand in Perth in 1989–90, he achieved the amazing figures of 31 overs, 21 maidens, 23 runs and 1 wicket.

However, he was well known for being a poor batsman, achieving only 53 runs off his 14 innings with a high score of 15.

Queensland career

A legend in Queensland cricket, Rackemann until recently held the record of 425 wickets until being overtaken by Michael Kasprowicz. Rackemann's last game for Queensland was the 1994-95 Sheffield Shield Final. Queensland won this match and the Shield for the very first time. This was a relief for Rackemann as he had played in four of Queensland's previous final defeats.

He also played English county cricket for Surrey in 1995 and was briefly recalled to the Australian side in 1995 for their tour of the West Indies due to a fast bowling injury crisis.

After his playing career, he went on to the national coaching position for the Zimbabwean national cricket team for two seasons from 2000. He has now returned to farming in Queensland and is also an after dinner speaker. He has inspired an expatriate Australian cricket team in London "Carl Rackemann All Stars (CRAS)"[2]


In September 2011, Rackemann announced that he would be standing in the forthcoming Queensland state election as a Katter's Australian Party candidate in the electoral district of Nanango.[3] His attempt was unsuccessful.

External links


  1. "Rackemann, Carl Grey". Search Australian Honours. Australian Government. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  2. Carl Rackemann All Stars website
  3. Bita, N. "Katter has a hat in each ring", The Australian, 19 September 2011, p. 6.
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