A fine, elegant left-hander from Carey Grammar School under the tutelage of Frank Tyson. He originally came to Punt Road as a left-arm in-swing bowler who could make some handy runs, but his elegant batting gradually took over.
Yallop was good enough to play 39 Tests and score eight centuries at the top level. His top score was 268 against Pakistan at the MCG in the Boxing Day Test of 1983. He was prematurely elevated to the Test captaincy following World Series Cricket and the retirement of Bob Simpson, who took over as a caretaker skipper in series against India and the West Indies.
Yallop would have played many more Tests, but he elected to go on the "Rebel Tours" of South Africa in 1985-86 and 1986-87.
He played in the 1976-77 Tigers' premiership win over Collingwood, scoring 115, and also the 1982-83 flag win over Carlton, scoring 114 and taking 3/41 and later captain-coached South Melbourne and Ringwood. He headed the VCA Batting Averages in 1977-78, scoring 375 runs at 125.
Yallop later served as President of Casey-South Melbourne, overseeing the club's relocation from Albert Park to Casey Fields in Cranbourne in 2006.