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John Watkins      

Full name John Russell Watkins

Born April 16, 1943, Newcastle, New South Wales

Current age 71 years 127 days

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 1 39 36 39.00 166 23.49 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 10 15 8 70 36 10.00 0 0 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 1 48 21 0 - - - 2.62 - 0 0 0
First-class 10 726 20 4/72 36.30 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 6-11, 1973 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1971-1973
Profile

John Watkins was a legspinner from country New South Wales plucked out of obscurity to play his only Test against Pakistan in 1972-73 after only five first-class appearances in which he had taken 11 wickets at 37.18 - his reputation had been established in grade cricket for Newcastle. He struggled with the ball, but a career-best 36 helped the Aussies set up an unlikely victory. Watkins went on the West Indian tour that followed, but wasn't risked in the Tests, and hardly played at all. Keith Stackpole dubbed him "possibly the luckiest player ever to represent Australia", and recalled how in one of the tour games "he almost hit the square-leg umpire with the widest full-toss I've seen." His always-fragile confidence fractured, Watkins never played first-class cricket again.
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