John Lever      

Full name John Kenneth Lever

Born February 24, 1949, Stepney, London

Current age 65 years 241 days

Major teams England, Essex, Natal

Nickname Jake, JK, Stanley

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium

Other Coach

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Dane County Secondary School

Relation Son - JK Lever

John Kenneth Lever
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 21 31 5 306 53 11.76 1198 25.54 0 1 26 1 11 0
ODIs 22 11 4 56 27* 8.00 152 36.84 0 0 2 0 6 0
First-class 529 541 192 3678 91 10.53 0 3 187 0
List A 481 195 118 763 27* 9.90 0 0 110 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 21 38 4433 1951 73 7/46 10/70 26.72 2.64 60.7 3 3 1
ODIs 22 22 1152 713 24 4/29 4/29 29.70 3.71 48.0 1 0 0
First-class 529 91271 41772 1722 8/37 24.25 2.74 53.0 85 12
List A 481 23208 13278 674 5/8 5/8 19.70 3.43 34.4 26 8 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Delhi, Dec 17-22, 1976 scorecard
Last Test England v India at Leeds, Jun 19-23, 1986 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Scarborough, Aug 26, 1976 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Feb 14, 1982 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1967-1989
List A span 1968-1990
Profile

It wasn't John Lever's fault that he could never match the brilliance of his maiden Test, in which he took 7 for 46 and 3 for 24 at Delhi in 1976-77. A left-arm fast-medium seamer notable for stamina and fitness, "JK's" stock delivery, the inswinger, often stubbornly refused to move even in conducive conditions in England. At Delhi, however, he had a stroke of luck. Early in the Indian innings a ball that was hardly moving at all lost its shape, and was replaced by one that swung prodigiously. From 43 for 1 India plunged to 49 for 4 in 16 balls from Lever, and eventually lost by an innings. Lever finished the series atop England's averages with 26 wickets at 14.61. In 16 subsequent Tests, however, his 47 wickets cost 33.42 each. He continued with Essex into cricketing old age, and then moved seamlessly into school coaching, as well as helping out with counties.
John Thicknesse

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Nov 13, 2005

John Lever, John Snow and Neal Radford at the Antigua Independence Festival, Stanford Oval, November 2005

John Lever, John Snow and Neal Radford in Antigua

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Jan 8, 1982

John Lever lets it rip, Englishmen v East Zone, Jamshedpur, January 8, 1982

John Lever lets it rip

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1979

John Lever bowling at Lord's, 1979

John Lever bowling at Lord's

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1979

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Sri Lanka A v England XI at Colombo (SSC)
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Sri Lanka A v England XI at Colombo (PSS)
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1st ODI: Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS)
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2nd ODI: Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS)
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3rd ODI: Sri Lanka v England at Hambantota
Dec 3, 2014 (14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 04:00 EST | 03:00 CST | 01:00 PST)
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