Decade Review 2009

Jack Nitschke      

Full name Homesdale Charles Nitschke

Born April 14, 1905, Adelaide, South Australia

Died September 29, 1982, North Adelaide, South Australia (aged 77 years 168 days)

Major teams Australia, South Australia

Also known as Slinger

Batting style Left-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 2 2 0 53 47 26.50 0 0 3 0 3 0
First-class 45 82 3 3320 172 42.02 9 16 22 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 45 31 27 0 - - - 5.22 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Nov 27-Dec 3, 1931 scorecard
Last Test Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Dec 18-21, 1931 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929/30 - 1934/35

Wisden obituary
Homesdale Carl Nitschke (known as Jack or Slinger), who died in Australia on September 29, 1982, aged 77, was an attacking left-hand batsman who played twice for Australia against South Africa in 1931-32, scoring 6 in the first Test and 47 in the second. For several years he made enough runs for South Australia to have been chosen considerably more often for a weaker Australian side, but his best years coincided with those of Bradman, Ponsford, Woodfull, Jackson, McCabe and Kippax. In 1932-33, in two matches for South Australia against D. R. Jardine's MCC side he scored 67, 28, 38 and 87 with a dash and confidence which caused the Englishmen to believe he would have done better in the Test matches than some of those who played. For four successive seasons he scored centuries for South Australia against New South Wales, carrying his bat in the last of them, at Sydney in 1933-34, for 130 out of a total of 246. In 1934-35 he was one of four batsmen - the first four in the order - to score centuries for South Australia against Queensland in Adelaide, the others being V. Y. Richardson, Lonergan and Badcock. In all first-class cricket he scored 3,320 runs (average 42.03), including nine centuries. He became, after his retirement, an outstandingly successful race-horse breeder.

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