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Geoff Pullar      

Full name Geoffrey Pullar

Born August 1, 1935, Swinton, Lancashire

Died December 26, 2014 (aged 79 years 147 days)

Major teams England, Gloucestershire, Lancashire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Geoffrey Pullar
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 28 49 4 1974 175 43.86 4 12 2 2 0
First-class 400 672 63 21528 175 35.34 41 111 124 0
List A 20 20 1 394 77 20.73 0 3 3 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 28 3 66 37 1 1/1 1/1 37.00 3.36 66.0 0 0 0
First-class 400 659 387 10 3/91 38.70 3.52 65.9 0 0
List A 20 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Leeds, Jul 2-4, 1959 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 25-30, 1963 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1954 - 1970
List A span 1964 - 1969
Profile

A tall, strong left-hander, Geoff Pullar was known as "Noddy" because of his ability to fall asleep in any situation. But he was awake enough at the crease, playing mainly off the front foot and accumulating runs assiduously on the leg side. He started as a middle-order batsman, but his solid technique and phlegmatic temperament persuaded the England selectors to try him as an opener in 1959. He responded with 75 against India at Headingley, followed by 131 at Old Trafford -- the first Test century scored by a Lancastrian on his home ground. He withstood the West Indian fast bowlers calmly and successfully in 1959-60, but his form fell away in the latter part of his international career.
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Aug 30, 1960

Geoff Pullar drives through the off side, Middlesex v Lancashire, Lord's, August 30, 1960

Geoff Pullar drives through the off side

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May 2, 1960

Geoff Pullar portrait

Geoff Pullar portrait

© PA Photos

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1960

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Sri Lanka A at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Sri Lanka A 353 & 24/0 (10 ov) Durham 205
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 219 & 18/1 (10 ov) Somerset 474/8d
Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury - Jun 26-29
Kent 379 Derbyshire 291/3 (84 ov)
Middlesex v Lancashire at Lord's - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 513 Middlesex 146/1 (44 ov)
Warwickshire v Notts at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Notts 152 Warwickshire 283/8 (79 ov)
Yorkshire v Pakistan A at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Yorkshire 246 Pakistan A 341/8 (94 ov)
Leics v Gloucs at Leicester - Jun 27-30
Leics 252/7 (96 ov)
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