Todd Murphy is an Australian cricketer, who plays for the Australia team primarily as a Bowler. A left-hand batsman and right-arm off-break bowler, Murphy represents Sydney Sixers and Victoria Second XI at the domestic level. He got his Test cap (465) for Australia against India on 9 February 2023 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series opener at the VCA stadium in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
Todd Murphy was born on Wednesday, 15 November 2000 (age 22 years; as of 2022) in Echuca, Victoria, Australia. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. Todd’s father hails from Mathoura in country NSW, where he grew up before resettling in Moama. Todd grew up in the NSW town of Moama, New South Wales, Australia. After completing his schooling, Todd enrolled himself at Deakin University in Victoria to pursue a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management). During his primary school days, Todd was a larrikin. Talking about it in an interview, Todd’s father said,
He was always hard to handle, you just knew he had a bit of fire in his belly. He certainly wasn’t mild, meek and just going to do what he was told.”
His interest in cricket was fueled by his father, Jamie Murphy, who used to play Premier cricket in Australia. Todd started playing cricket at a young age. At the age of 16, he started bowling off-spin.
Todd Murphy during a practise session
Soon, he was noticed by Craig Howard, a former Australian cricketer, at an under-16 training session in Rochester. Subsequently, he began playing club cricket at Moama Cricket Club. He has also played cricket for Victorian Premier Cricket Club, St Kilda, for two seasons.
Todd Murphy playing cricket for St Kilda
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Golden Blonde
Eye Colour: Greyish Blue
Parents & Siblings
Todd Murphy’s father, Jamie Murphy, was a cricketer in his younger days. Jamie played cricket with the late Shane Warne.
Jamie Murphy (kneeling, left) with the ’91-92 premiership cup
His mother’s name is Paula Murphy. His brother, Joel Murphy, plays cricket for Sandhurst Cricket Club in the Bendigo District Cricket Association. Earlier, Joel played for St Kilda. Joel is three years elder than Todd.
Todd Murphy’s parents & brother
Todd Murphy with his father and brother
He is unmarried.
Todd is rumoured to be in a relationship with Tanner Edwards.
Todd Murphy with his girlfriend
Todd Murphy made his List A debut for Victoria Second XI against Tasmania on 10 March 2021 in Melbourne.
Todd Murphy during a cricket match
On 3 April 2021, Murphy made his first-class debut for Victoria in the 2020-21 Sheffield Shield season. In his second first-class match, Todd made 7 dismissals and scored 24 runs to help Victoria win the match over Tasmania. During 2022-23 Sheffield Shield season, Todd Murphy was regarded as the most prolific spinner and was widely tipped as the heir apparent to Nathan Lyon. He scalped 29 wickets at 25.20 in his first 10 first-class matches.
Todd Murphy bowling during a cricket match
U-19 World Cup
In 2020, Todd Murphy was selected in Australia’s U-19 squad for the 2020 U19 World Cup. During the tournament, he took seven wickets. Soon, he emerged as one of the top spinners in Australia.
Sri Lanka Tour
In June 2021, he was named in Australia A squad for a series against Sri Lanka.
In 2023, Murphy was named in the Australia Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India; Murphy was one of the four spinners selected in the team alongside Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar, and Mitchell Swepson. He made his test debut against India on 9 February 2023 at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
Todd Murphy during his debut Test match at Nagpur
Todd Murphy’s Twenty20 debut came on 26 December 2021 during the Big Bash League. He played his debut match for Sydney Sixers against Thunder at Sydney. Soon, she signed a full contract with the Sydney Sixers.
Todd Murphy during a match for Sydney Sixers
- Apparently, Todd’s father, Jamie Murphy, routinely chauffeured him between Moama and Melbourne to help Todd polish his cricketing skills.
- Todd’s friends and family fondly call him Murph.
- His jersey number for Australia is #9.
Todd Murphy playing cricket for Australia
- Todd Murphy is often spotted consuming alcohol on various occasions.
Todd Murphy enjoying a match with his friends
- In 2017, Todd Murphy was awarded the Sportstar of the Year in the junior category.
Todd Murphy at Sportstar Awards 2018