Full name John James Ferris
Born May 21, 1867, Sydney, New South Wales
Died November 17, 1900, Addington, Durban, Natal, South Africa (aged 33 years 180 days)
Major teams Australia, England, Gloucestershire, New South Wales, South Australia
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm bowler
|Test debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 28-31, 1887 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 19-22, 1892 scorecard|
|First-class span||1886/87 - 1897/98|
JJ Ferris was a deadly left-arm swing bowler who played Test cricket for Australia and England. In his eight Tests for the Aussies, Ferris wreaked havoc alongside Charlie Turner. His first act as a Test player was to bowl England out for 45, at Sydney in 1886-87, when he and Turner bowled unchanged. He later settled in England, for whom he played one Test, at Cape Town in 1891-92. Ferris took 13 for 91 in the match (he took 263 wickets on the tour) and ended up with 61 wickets at the amazing average of 12.70. He was only 33 when he died of enteric fever in Durban in 1900 during the Boer War where he was serving with the British army.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1889
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"