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John Arnold      

Full name John Arnold

Born November 30, 1907, Cowley, Oxford

Died April 4, 1984, Southampton, Hampshire (aged 76 years 126 days)

Major teams England, Hampshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 34 34 17.00 0 0 5 0 0 0
First-class 402 710 45 21831 227 32.82 37 117 184 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 402 1489 1182 17 3/34 69.52 4.76 87.5 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 27-30, 1931 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929-1950
Profile

A Hampshire stalwart for over 18 years, John Arnold played a single Test for England early in his career. In 1931 he was selected to open the batting against New Zealand in just his second full season in the absence of Hobbs and Sutcliffe, but a modest performance led to a return to the county ranks. Arnold usually opened, but often dropped down the order for Hampshire, and was by nature an aggressive bat, particularly strong on the leg side, but also a good driver. He represented his country in soccer, and used his speed to good effect in the field. The vagaries of form led him to adopt a more defensive approach in the middle part of his career, but after a break for the Second World War he reverted to his former style with considerable success. Originally from Oxford he moved to Hampshire, and after qualification rarely was out of the county side. He made over 21,000 runs and 37 centuries for the county until retirement was forced upon him by illness. He later became a first-class umpire (DL, 2000).

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