Decade Review 2009

Ian Johnson      

Full name Ian William Geddes Johnson

Born December 8, 1917, North Melbourne, Victoria

Died October 9, 1998, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 80 years 305 days)

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Administrator, Journalist

Relation Father-in-law - RL Park

Ian William Geddes Johnson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 45 66 12 1000 77 18.51 0 6 2 30 0
First-class 189 243 29 4905 132* 22.92 2 21 136 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 45 74 8780 3182 109 7/44 8/86 29.19 2.17 80.5 5 3 0
First-class 189 36457 14423 619 7/42 23.30 2.37 58.8 27 4
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Mar 29-30, 1946 scorecard
Last Test India v Australia at Kolkata, Nov 2-6, 1956 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1935/36 - 1956/57

JOHNSON, IAN WILLIAM, CBE, who died on October 9, 1998, aged 80, captained Australia in 17 of his 45 Tests. Unfortunately for him, he took over in the mid-1950s, when Australian cricket was decidedly inferior to England's for the first time since before the Bradman era, and he became the first 20th-century captain to lead Australia to defeats in successive Ashes series. His problems were worsened because he had been controversially preferred to Keith Miller, and many Australians regarded him almost as a usurper. Inter-state rivalry had played a part in Johnson's selection, but it was also a rather English sort of decision: Johnson, who had something of an amateur's bearing, appealed more to many members of the Australian establishment than the more wayward Miller. But he was a fine cricketer and, in some respects, a visionary.

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Ian Johnson

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Jul 27, 1956

Ian Johnson is bowled for a duck by Jim Laker, England v Australia, 4th Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day, July 27, 1956

Ian Johnson is bowled for a duck by Jim Laker

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Apr 25, 1956

Australian captain Ian Johnson and his team are welcomed on their arrival in Tilbury, April 25, 1956

Australian captain Ian Johnson and his team are welcomed on their arrival in Tilbury

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