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John Childs      

Full name John Henry Childs

Born August 15, 1951, Lipson, Plymouth, Devon

Current age 62 years 347 days

Major teams England, Essex, Gloucestershire

Nickname Charlie

Batting style Left-hand bat

Other Coach

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Audley Park Secondary Modern

John Henry Childs
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 4 2 2* - 41 4.87 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 381 359 173 1690 43 9.08 0 0 116 0
List A 120 44 27 177 16* 10.41 0 0 22 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 3 516 183 3 1/13 2/92 61.00 2.12 172.0 0 0 0
First-class 381 70667 30600 1028 9/56 29.76 2.59 68.7 52 8
List A 120 5387 3649 99 4/15 4/15 36.85 4.06 54.4 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 30-Jul 5, 1988 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 4-8, 1988 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1975-1996
List A span 1975-1995
Profile

In 1988 John Childs became England's oldest debutant for 41 years when, aged 36 years and 320 days, he made his debut against West Indies. An orthodox left-arm spinner, Childs came late into first-class cricket, and despite being at Gloucestershire for ten seasons, he never really made an impression and was released at the end of 1984. He wrote to 15 counties asking for work, but it was Essex who took him on in 1985. That summer he took five wickets at 105, but instead of being released - as he expected - he was sent to lord's to work on his action with Fred Titmus and Don Wilson. In 1986, with a quicker approach to the crease and a flatter trajectory, he took 89 wickets at 15 and was a key reason Essex won the Championship, and was also named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. Two Tests were his reward in 1988, but it was the summer in which England used four captains and were demolished by West Indies. Childs was named in the party for that winter's Indian trip, but the tour was cancelled and he was not picked again, although he was named in the England XII at Headingley in 1992. Aged 40, that season he took 64 wickets as Essex again won the Championship. He carried on playing first-class cricket well into his forties and then moved into a coaching role at Chelmsford.
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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1987

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