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Full name Ross Gerald Gregory
Born February 28, 1916, Murchison, Victoria
Died June 10, 1942, near Ghafargon, Assam, India (aged 26 years 102 days)
Major teams Australia, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 29-Feb 4, 1937 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 26-Mar 3, 1937 scorecard|
Sergeant-Observer Ross Gregory, RAAF, who stood out prominently among Australian batsmen during three seasons before the war, died when on air operations, as announced on June 24. Born on February 26, 1916, Ross Gregory became one of the youngest cricketers to play in a Test, sharing in recent years with A. A. Jackson, S. J. McCabe and D. G. Bradman the distinction of playing for Australia before coming of age; but Clem Hill still holds the record of appearing in a Test for Australia in his youth - 19 years 3 months - against England at Lord's in June 1896. The untimely end of Ross Gregory removed a batsman showing promise of a long career for Australia. After doing brilliant things as a boy, he was chosen for Victoria when still at school. Continuing to improve, he established himself in his State XI and against G. O. Allen's 1936-37 M.C.C. team he made 128 for Victoria, his stand with I. Lee for 262 being a fourth wicket record against an England team. In State matches that season he averaged over 39, with 85 against South Australia his best score, and he helped Victoria carry off the Sheffield Shield. So it was no surprise that during that season he rose to Test match fame, playing in the last two engagements against England with marked success. He scored 23 and 50 (run out) at Adelaide, where Australia won by 148 runs, and 80 in the deciding encounter.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?