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Doug Wright      

Full name Douglas Vivian Parson Wright

Born August 21, 1914, Sidcup, Kent

Died November 13, 1998, Canterbury, Kent (aged 84 years 84 days)

Major teams England, Kent

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Legbreak googly

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Douglas Vivian Parson Wright
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 34 39 13 289 45 11.11 0 0 0 10 0
First-class 497 703 225 5903 84* 12.34 0 16 182 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 34 59 8135 4224 108 7/105 10/175 39.11 3.11 75.3 3 6 1
First-class 497 92960 49307 2056 9/47 23.98 3.18 45.2 150 42
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 10-14, 1938 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Wellington, Mar 24-28, 1951 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1932-1957
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Wisden obituary
Doug Wright was the finest English leg-spinner, perhaps the most dangerous of all English bowlers, in the years just before and after the war. A Kentishman, from Sidcup, he made his debut for the county in 1932 aged 17, but did not become a regular for another four years until Tich Freeman's final season. By 1938, he was in the Test team against Australia, and at Leeds came close to bowling them to a remarkable victory, dismissing Bradman, McCabe and Hassett as Australia sought a mere 105 for victory. For most of his 34 Tests, he was bowling in difficult circumstances with little support. Often he was the spin attack, as in Australia in 1946-47 when he and Bedser bowled almost 500 eight-ball overs between them. Against South Africa at Lord's in 1947, he took ten for 175, but there were many more days of abject frustration.

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Jun 24, 1948

The England XI for the second Test against Australia, Lord's, June 1948

The England XI for the second Test against Australia in 1948

© The Cricketer International

Aug 11, 1947

Doug Wright bowling against South Africa in 1947

Doug Wright bowling against South Africa in 1947

© The Cricketer International

Dec 4, 1946

Don Tallon takes a catch to dismiss Doug Wright off the bowling of Ernie Toshack, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day, December 4, 1946

Don Tallon takes a catch to dismiss Doug Wright off the bowling of Ernie Toshack

© Associated Press

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1940

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