Born in New South Wales, Ashley Alexander Mallett is a former cricketer who played internationally for Australia. A splendid off spinner, Mallett is regarded to be of the likes of Lance Gibbs and Erapalli Prasanna. He played 38 test matches and 9 one-days with Australia from 1968 till 1980.
Mallet joined the Western Australian team in 1966-67 but was unable to display any performances being the 12th man. In 1967, South Australia picked offered him a place in the squad and he readily joined the team. Mallett was selected to represent Australia in international matches in 1968 when the team was to tour England.
Being a new-comer, Mallett went unnoticed during his early career as a test player. In his early years, Mallet used to produce a high arm delivery that curved away from a right-handed batsman before making a last inswing towards the stumps. He had the ability to gain extra bounce from his deliveries owing to a profound height.
While playing for South Australia, Mallett had a successful Sheffield Shield career. He is the second performer having taken 391 wickets from 91 matches. He played with 3 winning sides in 1968-69, 1970-71 and in 1975-76. Mallett produced his best bowling figures for the Sheffield Shield at 13 wickets for 122 runs. He was also named the skipper for the team in 1980-81 season and then again in his closing season.
Mallett has played 38 test matches and 9 ODIs with averages of 11.62 and 7 respectively. His bowling averages remain at 29.84 and 31.0 accordingly. Mallet achieved best bowling scores for test matches with 8 wickets for 59 runs and for ODIs at 3 wickets for 34 runs. He was also able to dismiss 5 batsmen from an innings on 6 occasions.
Retiring from cricket, Mallett served as a commentator and a spin-bowling coach. He presently works for the Sri Lankan Cricket Board as a consultant coach. Mallett also wrote biographies of Clarrie Grimmett and Victor Trumper.