June 18, 2007

English cricket

A milestone unlikely to be reached again

George Binoy

Spectators watching Worcestershire play Warwickshire in England's county championship very likely had the privilege of seeing a cricket feat performed for the last time, writes Huw Richards in The International Herald Tribune. He was referring to Graeme Hick reaching 40,000 first-class runs.

To reach his landmark Hick, who started at 16, has had to play until he is 41 and the oldest active player. He has averaged more than 52 runs per innings. He has never, though, played more than 40 innings in a single season - and not since 1991 has he played more than 30. Compare this with Jack Hobbs, who sits at the very top of the list with 61,237 runs. Hobbs played until he was 51. In 11 seasons he had the opportunity to bat 50 or more times, in three he had 60 or more innings.

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