Jenner was born in Perth but grew up in the bush town of Corrigin, where his father ran a shop. At 18, he attracted attention by bowling English captain Ted Dexter with a googly during net practice at the Western Australian Cricket Association. A year later, he was in the state team, tossing a strongly spun ball high in the air and also trying to do justice to his keen batsmanship. After four moderate seasons, he moved to South Australia, where he prospered for 10 more seasons.
Jenner paired well with his close mate, Ashley Mallett, an off-spinner, and they had much joint success at Adelaide Oval, none more thrilling than when Jenner bowled Garry Sobers. His first Test cap came at Brisbane in 1970-71 against the ascendant England team. Dropped for the next four Tests, he returned for the Ashes decider at Sydney, where he sustained a nasty head wound as he ducked into a ball from John Snow and retired for a time.
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Jenner played against the Rest of the World side that toured Australia in 1971-72 in lieu of a cancelled visit by South Africa. He bowled bravely to Sobers during his classic 254, tossing the ball high with varying spin, but was disappointed to miss the tour of England that followed.
Compensation came with a tour of the West Indies. There, in his four Tests, Jenner's intelligent bowling was rewarded, most notably in the final contest in Trinidad, where he took 5/90. He ran into trouble, however, when the tour manager accused him (wrongly) of manhandling a woman at the farewell party. He was convinced this was used as an excuse to keep him out of the Australian team for some time to come.
Jenner played in two Tests at home against England in '74-75 and put in a notable innings at Adelaide.
He missed the 1975 tour of England, expressed his disappointment in a newspaper and was reprimanded by the chairman of the Australian Cricket Board, Sir Donald Bradman. Some months later, Jenner played the last of his nine Tests. A further blow came when he failed to attract a lucrative World Series contract in 1977. He continued to articulate his frustration and suspicions. Gambling became a fixation and he drank a lot. In 1988, he was jailed in Adelaide for embezzlement but was released after serving less than two years of a six-year sentence.
Then the rehab began and the young fellow with long sideburns took up writing poetry and assumed an almost aldermanic appearance. He eventually found a sort of security in coaching, both in Australia and England, and commentating on the game for ABC Radio.
The counsel he gave Warne unquestionably added to the spinner's effectiveness, not least as he recovered from a shoulder injury.
He is survived by his second wife, Ann, a daughter, Trudianne, and a granddaughter, Ashlea.
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