Full name David Arthur Allen
Born October 29, 1935, Horfield, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Died May 25, 2014 (aged 78 years 208 days)
Major teams England, Gloucestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 6-12, 1960 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 2-4, 1966 scorecard|
|First-class span||1953 - 1972|
|List A span||1969 - 1972|
An accurate offspinner, David Allen had trouble maintaining a
steady place in the England teams of the 1960s, with competition
from Titmus, Mortimore, and Illingworth. He bowled off no more
than four or five paces, with a deceptively casual action. He could be
unplayable on helpful wickets, but he mastered the art of bowling
tightly on good wickets as well. He was first picked for England in
1959, but was unable to play through injury. When he did play, his 39 Tests included tours to all the current Test-playing nations. A useful bat, with
a first class hundred to his credit, he thrived on adversity,
memorably so when playing out Hall's final over of the 1963
Lord's test. He took 882 wickets for Gloucestershire in a career
that spanned 19 years.
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