Full name Walter Frank Giffen
Born September 20, 1861, Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia
Died June 28, 1949, North Unley, Adelaide, South Australia (aged 87 years 281 days)
Major teams Australia, South Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 25-Mar 1, 1887 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Adelaide, Mar 24-28, 1892 scorecard|
|First-class span||1882/83 - 1901/02|
One of the least successful Test batsmen of all time, there isn't much doubt that Walter Giffen was only picked for Australia's tour of England in 1893 because his famous brother George twisted a few arms. That wasn't the part of Walter's body the Australian selectors had in mind after a Test career which yielded scores of 2, 0, 1, 3, 3 and 2. Poor Walter might have done better if he hadn't lost the tops of two fingers when he got his left hand trapped between a pair of cog-wheels in 1886. He was a sound batsman and concentrated mainly on defence. He hit many hundreds in Adelaide club cricket and played for South Australia. As a fieldsman he excelled in the deep.
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