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John Wisden      

Full name John Wisden

Born September 5, 1826, Brighton, Sussex

Died April 5, 1884, Westminster, London (aged 57 years 213 days)

Major teams Kent, Middlesex, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Height 5 ft 6 in

John Wisden
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 186 326 33 4140 148 14.12 2 9 169 1
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 186 24208+ 7390+ 1109 10/58 10.32* 1.90* 32.4* 111 39
Career statistics
First-class debut Sussex v Kent at Brighton, Jul 3-5, 1845 scorecard
Last First-class 1863

John Wisden was, according to Fuller Pilch the finest allrounder of his day. Although a small man, under 5' 6" in height, he was for many years an excellent fast bowler, very accurate with an easy delivery. In later years although his pace diminished he was still one of the country's leading bowlers. He was a fine batsman with an extremely straight bat, excelling at the `draw' and leg hits. Born at Brighton on September 5, 1826, he went, after the death of his father, to live with Tom Box under whose guidance Wisden's cricketing abilities soon developed. He made his debut for Sussex when only 18 years of age. His performances with both bat and ball were exceptional. The greatest feat of his career was when he clean bowled all ten wickets in the second innings of the South v. North game at Lord's in 1850. At the commencement of his career, and up to the time he reduced his pace, he averaged around ten wickets per match and in the 38 matches he played in 1850 he captured 340 wickets. His two greatest batting performances were in 1849 when he scored 100 for Sussex against Kent and in 1855 when he scored 148 in the Sussex and Yorkshire match - the only century scored that season. He played for Clarke's All England XI in its early years. Later, on the formation of the United All England XI, he became, with James Dean, their joint Secretary. In 1859, in conjunction with George Parr, Wisden took a team of English cricketers to Canada and USA. Frequent attacks of rheumatism caused him to abandon the game after the 1863 season at the early age of 37. He launched, in 1864, the famous Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He suffered greatly in the latter part of his life and died from cancer on April 5, 1884.
RJ Brown, The Cricketer

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Sep 13, 2006

An image of John Wisden & Co.'s bat manufacturing firm

An image of John Wisden & Co.'s bat manufacturing firm

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John Wisden

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Sep 7, 1859

England's 12 Champion Cricketers on board a ship at Liverpool bound for America in September 1859. Back row (from left to right): Bob Carpenter, William Caflyn, Tom Lockyer, John Wisden (seated), HH Stephenson, George Parr, John Grundy, Julius Cesar, Tom Hayward and John Jackson. Seated at front: Alfred Diver and John Lillywhite.

England's 12 Champion Cricketers on board a ship at Liverpool bound for America in September 1859

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