Full name John David Bannister
Born August 23, 1930, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Died January 23, 2016 (aged 85 years 153 days)
Major teams Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class span||1950 - 1968|
|List A span||1963 - 1969|
A medium-fast seamer, Jack Bannister was a good enough player to take 1,198 first-class wickets over a 20-year career at an average of 21.91. His figures of 10 for 41, taken against Combined Services in 1959, remain the best innings figures taken by a Warwickshire bowler, while he also claimed 9 for 35 against Yorkshire in 1955. He featured in the Warwickshire sides that won the County Championship in 1951 and the Gillette Cup in 1966. He retired at the end of the 1969 season; the year in which the Sunday League was introduced.
He started a career in journalism while still a player, writing for the Birmingham Post, and continued to do so for 40 years alongside an extensive. broadcasting career. Perhaps his most significant contribution to game, however, came when he set up the Professional Cricketers' Association which he served for 20 years as secretary and then as chairman and president.
Warwickshire (368 matches, 1950-1968)
Best bowling in fc match 10-31 for Warwickshire v Combined Services 1959
Also: the highest by a No. 8 in ODIs, and the highest totals in ten-wicket wins
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane