Bill Johnston      

Full name William Arras Johnston

Born February 26, 1922, Beeac, Victoria

Died May 25, 2007, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 85 years 88 days)

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium, Slow left-arm orthodox

Height 6 ft 2 in

Relation Son - DA Johnston

William Arras Johnston
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 40 49 25 273 29 11.37 0 0 0 16 0
First-class 142 162 73 1129 38 12.68 0 0 53 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 40 75 11048 3826 160 6/44 9/183 23.91 2.07 69.0 8 7 0
First-class 142 34576 12936 554 8/52 23.35 2.24 62.4 29 6
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v India at Brisbane, Nov 28-Dec 4, 1947 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v Australia at Kingston, Jun 11-17, 1955 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1945-1955
Profile

Alternating between a sharp medium-pace and finger-spin, left-handed Bill Johnston was a fixture in Australian XIs for a decade after the war, until an incapacitating knee injury forced him from the game. Genial and avuncular, he nonetheless had a mean bouncer and a keen appetite for overs, harvesting 102 wickets at 16.8 on his first tour of England with Don Bradman's 1948 Invincibles, including 9 for 183 from 84 overs in the first Test at Trent Bridge. Historians tend to cast him as an auxiliary to Lindwall and Miller, but he was more reliable than either, and the four years he took to surpass 100 Test wickets was a record. His innings were notable mostly for their beaming brevity, but in January 1952 he held out long enough as last man to help Doug Ring (a team-mate at Melbourne's Richmond club) secure a famous one-wicket victory against West Indies at the MCG, and the following year in England finished atop Australia's tour averages after collecting 102 for only once out.
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Jun 8, 2005

Bill Johnston talks to the media during  a reunion of the remaining Invincibles in Sydney, June 8, 2005

Bill Johnston

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Jun 8, 2005

Bill Brown, Bill Johnston, Neil Harvey and Sam Loxton pose for a photo during  a reunion of the remaining Invincibles in Sydney, June 8, 2005

Bill Brown, Bill Johnston, Neil Harvey and Sam Loxton

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Jun 8, 2005

Bill Johnston and Neil Harvey talk during a reunion of the remaining Invincibles in Sydney, June 8, 2005

Bill Johnston and Neil Harvey talk during a reunion of the remaining Invincibles in Sydney

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1949

Country Fixtures Country Results
Syd Thunder v Heat at Sydney
Dec 21, 2014 (19:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Scorchers v Strikers at Perth
Dec 22, 2014 (16:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Hurricanes v Syd Sixers at Hobart
Dec 23, 2014 (19:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
3rd Test: Australia v India at Melbourne
Dec 26-30, 2014 (10:30 local | 23:30 GMT | 18:30 EST | 17:30 CST | 15:30 PST)
Scorchers v Melb Reneg at Perth
Dec 26, 2014 (16:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
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