Full name John Brian Bolus
Born January 31, 1934, Whitkirk, Leeds, Yorkshire
Current age 81 years 95 days
Major teams England, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 25-29, 1963 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v England at Kanpur, Feb 15-20, 1964 scorecard|
|First-class span||1956 - 1975|
|List A span||1963 - 1976|
A predominently leg-side player, Brian Bolus was unfortunate not to play more than seven Tests. His average of over 40 reflects consistent run-scoring and he rarely failed. Possibly his inability to turn good starts into centuries told against him, with none of his four Test fifties taking him any higher than 88. He had a good tour of India in 1963-64, yet oddly was not considered to play against Australia in 1964, despite England initially struggling to find an opening pair. By the end of that series, however, Boycott and Edrich were firmly established in that position and Bolus did not get another opportunity.
He was a good strokeplayer, with a good cut and cover drive. In defence he favoured the use of his rather large pads, and showed in his few Test appearances that he was not overawed by the occasion, hitting Wes Hall back over his head at the Oval for four off the first ball he faced in a Test. He was also a useful left-handed medium pace bowler.
A Yorkshireman by birth, he debuted for his native county in 1956, and played there for seven years before moving to Nottinghamshire, whom he eventually captained in 1972. He became the third player to be capped by three counties when he moved again to captain Derbyshire in 1973 (he was also the first to captain two different counties in successive seasons) before concluding a 19-year career in 1975. In the 1990s he was on the England selection committee.
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