Full name Francis Erskine Allan
Born December 2, 1849, Allansford, Victoria
Died February 9, 1917, Flinders Lane, Latrobe, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 67 years 69 days)
Major teams Australia, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Only Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 2-4, 1879 scorecard|
|First-class span||1867/68 - 1882/83|
Frank Allen was a left-arm medium-pacer who swung and spun the ball so effectively that he had the moniker "Bowler of the Century". He toured England in 1878 where, despite struggling throughout with injury, he took 217 wickets. His solitary Test appearance came at Melbourne in 1878-79 when he took 4 for 80 in support of Fred Spofforth (who took 13 wickets). He had been chosen to play in the first Test in 1876-77 but opted to attend an agricultural show instead. Allen was renowned in other sports as well, especially shooting and angling.
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history