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Full name John Harry
Born August 1, 1857, Ballarat, Victoria
Died October 27, 1919, Canterbury, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 62 years 87 days)
Major teams Australia, Marylebone Cricket Club, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Only Test||Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 11-15, 1895 scorecard|
John Harry was a real utility player. A good right-hand batsman, a decent offspinner, a competent wicketkeeper and a brilliant specialist mid-off. He was on the verge of being picked to tour as a reserve wicketkeeper several times - in 1890 he was left out as he had only played a few games for East Melbourne - before he made his uneventful Test debut against England at Melbourne in 1984-95. He was picked for the 1896 England tour but then replaced - publicly because of a knee injury, privately because the team voted him out - and he sued the Australian Cricket Council, accepting an out-of-court settlement of £180. He made his own way to England where he joined the Lord's groundstaff, even though he was almost 40, but enjoyed little success. He played one-and-a-half more seasons for Victoria after returning. He was an interstate baseball player.
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