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Full name James Robertson
Born November 10, 1850, Wardieburn, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died March 21, 1927, Kensington, London (aged 76 years 131 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Also known as changed name to James Robertson-Walker in June 1893
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Education Edinburgh Academy; Oxford University
Relation Son-in-law - BFB Hitchcock
James Robertson-Walker, born in Edinburgh on November 10, 1850, died in London after a long illness on March 21, aged 76. Scores and Biographies said of him: Is a hard hitter, fields well at short-slip, but is principally noted for his fast round-armed bowling, which is, at times, very destructive. He was in the XI at Edinburgh Academy, but not in that of Oxford, and his fame rests on what he did for Middlesex. Between 1878 and 1891 he took 295 wickets for the county for 21.91 runs each, among his best figures being 6 for 22 v. Surrey in 1878, 4 for 8 v. Yorkshire in 1879, 8 for 48 v. Nottinghamshire in 1881, 5 for 20 v. Surrey in 1885, and 7 for 35 v. Nottinghamshire in 1886. Against the first Australian team at Lord's in 1878 he obtained three wickets in four balls. He also appeared for Scotland in representative matches, and twice assisted the Gentlemen against the Players. He had served on the Committee of the MCC, of which club he had been a member since 1876.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?