Jim Swanton      

Full name Ernest William Swanton

Born February 11, 1907, Forest Hill, London

Died January 22, 2000, Canterbury, Kent (aged 92 years 345 days)

Major teams Middlesex

Nickname Swanny

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Cranleigh School

Ernest William Swanton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 3 5 0 67 26 13.40 0 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 3 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1937-1938
Profile

Ernest William Swanton, CBE, who died on January 22, 2000, aged 92, was the most influential and most durable cricket writer of the 20th century. In the columns of the Daily Telegraph, he was always E. W. Swanton; to his friends and enemies alike, he was "Jim". There were plenty of enemies and he was called many other names besides over the years, but he was never ignored. In the 30 years after World War II, as the Telegraph cricket correspondent, he carried an authority both in print and in person that perhaps no writer can have surpassed in any sport. And the glory never faded. In a quarter-century of nominal retirement, he continued to write columns that were read with eagerness and some trepidation in the game's committee-rooms. In an unusual moment of self-deprecation, Swanton cheerfully referred to himself as a dinosaur. In fact, he was the reverse: he hated many of the changes in cricket, but he adapted to them, and retained the ability to comment on them confidently, relevantly and pertinently without ever losing sight of cricket's eternal values - hence his enduring importance.

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Aug 26, 2002

The cover of <I>Jim: The Life of EW Swanton</I> by David Rayvern Allen

The cover of Jim: The Life of EW Swanton by David Rayvern Allen

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Feb 2, 1999

Cricket writer EW Swanton at the planting of the new tree at the St Lawrence cricket ground in Canterbury, England

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