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Ray Illingworth      

Full name Raymond Illingworth

Born June 8, 1932, Pudsey, Yorkshire

Current age 83 years 30 days

Major teams England, Leicestershire, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Son-in-law - AA Metcalfe

Raymond Illingworth
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 61 90 11 1836 113 23.24 2 5 3 45 0
ODIs 3 2 0 5 4 2.50 18 27.77 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 787 1073 213 24134 162 28.06 22 105 446 0
List A 218 144 55 2380 79 26.74 0 4 58 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 61 100 11934 3807 122 6/29 7/29 31.20 1.91 97.8 5 3 0
ODIs 3 2 130 84 4 3/50 3/50 21.00 3.87 32.5 0 0 0
First-class 787 117860 42020 2072 9/42 20.27 2.13 56.8 104 11
List A 218 8097 4686 186 5/20 5/20 25.19 3.47 43.5 3 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 24-29, 1958 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Lord's, Aug 23-27, 1973 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 20, 1973 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1951 - 1983
List A span 1967 - 1983
Profile

Ray Illingworth's glittering reputation as a cricket strategist was unfortunately compromised by his three-year stint as chairman of selectors, which came when he had nothing to gain in public esteem. In his time as captain, which embraced an Ashes-winning tour, his insistence on fielding only players of his choice was seen as a sign of independence. But when, as chairman, he denied his captains the same right, apparent strength of mind was exposed as pig-headedness. The most damaging example was his refusal to let Mike Atherton have Alec Stewart, rather than Illy's choice Jack Russell, keeping wicket in the 1996 World Cup. Illingworth's greatest gift as captain lay in creating the illusion that he had 14 or 15 players on the field: so expertly did he block a batsman's favourable scoring strokes that when the opposition were in trouble it must frequently have seemed that there were no runs on offer anywhere. In that, Illingworth was much helped by the accuracy of his own offspin - a miserly 1.91 runs per over in his 61 Tests. He was a shade under 6ft tall, and sturdily built. His batting, normally at No. 6 or 7, was built on an orthodox technique and absolute determination not to give away his wicket, which was reflected by a fifth of his innings finishing not out, sometimes to the disadvantage of his teams. Despite that, a droll sense of humour and a fund of reminiscences made him one of the best-liked players of his time.
John Thicknesse

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Sep 2014

Ray Illingworth at Farsely Cricket Club

Ray Illingworth at Farsely Cricket Club

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Nov 29, 1995

Devon Malcolm bowls as Ray Illingworth looks on, Johannesburg, November 29, 1995

Devon Malcolm bowls as Ray Illingworth looks on

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Apr 20, 1974

Ray Illingworth, April 20, 1974

Ray Illingworth

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1960

Country Fixtures Country Results
Notts v Middlesex at Nottingham - Jul 5-8
Middlesex 374 & 7/0 (2 ov) Notts 419/9d
Somerset v Sussex at Taunton - Jul 5-8
Sussex 208 & 311/2 (73 ov) Somerset 274
Warwickshire v Yorkshire at Birmingham - Jul 5-8
Yorkshire 213 & 289/7d Warwickshire 69 & 43/1 (14 ov, target 434)
Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Chesterfield - Jul 6-9
Glamorgan 410/9d Derbyshire 122/2 (40 ov)
Lancashire v Essex at Manchester - Jul 6-9
Lancashire 257/5 (70 ov)
Worcs v Hampshire at Worcester - Jul 6-9
Worcs 478 Hampshire 86/3 (34 ov)
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