Full name John Thomas Murray
Born April 1, 1935, North Kensington, London
Current age 80 years 121 days
Major teams England, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||England v Australia at Birmingham, Jun 8-13, 1961 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 27-Aug 1, 1967 scorecard|
|First-class span||1952 - 1975|
|List A span||1963 - 1975|
John Murray was one of cricket's greatest stylists - a wicketkeeper whose gloves, palms uppermost before each ball, traced flowing semi-circles, one the mirror image of the other; and a batsman who it sometimes seemed would rather lose his wicket than make an ugly stroke. But appearances were deceptive. Murray, a talkative west Londoner, not only made spectacular catches standing back, but after Harold Stephenson of Somerset brought off more stumpings than any keeper since the war, including a high number of leg-side ones from Fred Titmus's offbreaks. His world record of 1527 wicketkeeping dismissals stood for a decade until Bob Taylor surpassed it. As a batsman "JT" specialised in elegant thirties. But against West Indies at The Oval in 1966, his 112 (from No. 8) enabled England, trailing 3-0 in the series, to save face with an innings win. John Thicknesse
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