Full name James Southerton
Born November 16, 1827, Petworth, Sussex
Died June 16, 1880, Mitcham, Surrey (aged 52 years 213 days)
Major teams England, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Relation Son - SJ Southerton
|Test debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 31-Apr 4, 1877 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Sussex v Surrey at Brighton, Sep 28-29, 1854 scorecard|
At 49 years 119 days, James Southerton is the oldest player to make a Test debut, a record unlikely to be eclipsed - he was also the first Test cricketer to die. The bulk of his first-class career came before his appearances in the first two Tests (in 1876-77) . Initially a batsmen, he turned his hand to slow round-arm bowling (then a rarity) and as time went on metamorphosed into a more conventional slow left-armer. He was a capable batsman and a sound slip fielder. In 1867 he represented three counties (Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex) in an era before strict rules on qualification. In his final years he was landlord of the famous "Cricketers" pub on Mitcham Green.
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