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Brian Statham      

Full name John Brian Statham

Born June 17, 1930, Gorton, Manchester, Lancashire

Died June 10, 2000, Stockport, Cheshire (aged 69 years 359 days)

Major teams England, Lancashire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

John Brian Statham
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 70 87 28 675 38 11.44 0 0 5 28 0
First-class 559 647 145 5424 62 10.80 0 5 230 0
List A 15 11 6 72 36 14.40 0 0 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 70 129 16056 6261 252 7/39 11/97 24.84 2.33 63.7 9 9 1
First-class 559 100955 36999 2260 8/34 16.37 2.19 44.6 123 11
List A 15 991 464 22 5/28 5/28 21.09 2.80 45.0 0 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 17-21, 1951 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 26-31, 1965 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1950-1968
List A span 1963-1968
Profile

John Brian Statham, CBE, died from leukaemia on June 10, 2000, aged 69. Brian Statham was one of the best of all English fast bowlers, and beyond question the best-liked. A gentle man who had to be persuaded to bowl a bouncer, he was a mainstay of the England team in its vintage period between 1951 and 1963: he took 252 wickets in 70 Tests. His name will forever be coupled with that of Freddie Trueman, though they actually played together in only half his Tests. Statham's name always came second because he was the foil to Trueman's sabre - and the more reticent man. In cricketing folklore he is remembered primarily for his accuracy: "If they miss, I hit," he would say. This diminishes his astonishing skill. He was indeed accurate; so are many fast-medium bowlers. Statham kept his line and length at a very high pace indeed, comparable with all but the very fastest of Test match bowlers. A batsman hit by Statham - even on the foot, which was more likely than the head - knew all about it. In Statham's case the area around off stump was more a corridor of certainty than uncertainty, but if the ball hit the seam it jagged back in very sharply. The results were always formidable, and occasionally devasting.

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Aug 30, 2009

Audrey Statham with her late husband Brian's commemorative cap, Old Trafford, August 30, 2009

Audrey Statham with her late husband Brian's commemorative cap

© ICC

Apr 2, 2004

Brian Statham

Brian Statham

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Jun 19, 2000

Lancashire players and committee stand as a mark of respect for Brian Statham who died today. National League Division One, 2000, Lancashire v Worcestershire, Old Trafford, Manchester 11 June 2000.

Lancashire players and committee stand as a mark of respect for Brian Statham who died today.

© Photo by John Dawson

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955
Awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1966 for services to cricket

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