Former International Cricketer
Born in Launceston, David Boon made his debut for Tasmania against Queensland in 1978-79, and made his test debut against the West Indies at the Gabba in 1984-85, scoring a half century in his second innings.
Throughout his career, David Boon has been known to his opponents as a dangerous and prolific run maker, whether opening or at number three. At the beginning of the 1995-96 season, he had amassed 5665 runs for Tasmania, at 41.96, and a total of around 7500 at an international level.
His best-ever score was 227 against Victoria at the MGC in season 1983-84. David Boon played 79 Sheffield Shield matches for Tasmania, 35 domestic one-dayers, 106 tests and 181 limited-overs international.
One of David Boon's favourite moments was the 1987 World Cup victory in Calcutta, because, he said, it signalled the resurgence of Australia as a world force in cricket.
David Boon has been perennially popular with the Australian crowds, and will be sorely missed both here and overseas.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating said of his retirement, 'When the team was up against it, we came to count on you to fight with skill and courage. Cricket fans around the world will miss the great character and talent that you bought to the game.'
David Boon is a true Australian ambassador.
David was received extremely well. David's speech was well received and he answered many questions. He also stayed for drinks for the whole 2 hours of the event, chatting with customers, answering questions and telling great stories.