Full name Herbert Vivian Hordern
Born February 10, 1883, North Sydney, New South Wales
Died June 17, 1938, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 55 years 127 days)
Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Philadelphians
Also known as Dr Herbert Hordern
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Relation Brother-in-law - FE McElhone
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Feb 17-21, 1911 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 23-Mar 1, 1912 scorecard|
|First-class span||1905/06 - 1912/13|
A googly bowler and more than capable late middle-order batsman, "Ranji" Hordern (his nickname came from his swarthy complexion) was always a doctor first and a cricketer second, and so was unable to tour England with Australia. But while a student in Pennsylvania he played in England in 1907, taking 110 wickets in matches not deemed first-class. He also toured Jamaica with them in 1908-09 before returning home to New South Wales. He made his debut for Australia in 1910-11 and took eight wickets in the match, including 5 for 66 in South Africa's second innings. In the Test series against England in 1911-12 he bagged 32 wickets. In the first Test at Sydney he grabbed 12 for 135 as Australia won their only match of the rubber, and in the last game, also at Sydney, he had figures of 10 for 161.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"