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John Edwards      

Full name John Neild Edwards

Born August 16, 1928, Ormond, Victoria

Died December 29, 2002, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 74 years 135 days)

Major teams Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 32 39 11 361 48* 12.89 0 0 9 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 32 2504 85 6/18 29.45 2 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1955/56 - 1959/60

Wisden Obituary
Edwards, John Neild, who died in Melbourne on December 29, 2002, aged 74, was 27 when first selected to open the bowling for Victoria, in 1955-56. Solidly built, "Darky" Edwards operated at medium pace and in 32 games for the state took 85 wickets at 29.45. His swing bowling was demanding rather than penetrative, but one sultry Melbourne morning in December 1957 it was unplayable. Edwards sent back four batsmen without conceding a run and finished with a career-best six for 18 as Queensland were dismissed for 65. Once the humidity cleared, Victoria amassed 464, to which Edwards contributed 48 not out, the highest score in his 361 runs at 12.89. He was a state selector for nine years and managed the national team at home in 28 Tests and 62 one-day internationals between 1979 and 1984. The Australians wore black armbands in his honour on the third day of the Sydney Test in 2003.

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