John Murray      

Full name John Thomas Murray

Born April 1, 1935, North Kensington, London

Current age 79 years 121 days

Major teams England, Middlesex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

John Thomas Murray
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 21 28 5 506 112 22.00 1 2 2 52 3
First-class 635 936 136 18872 142 23.59 16 84 1268 259
List A 149 136 19 2281 75* 19.49 0 8 164 33
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 21 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 635 341 243 6 2/10 40.50 4.27 56.8 0 0
List A 149 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
First-class span 1952-1975
List A span 1963-1975
Profile

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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Mar 21, 2004

John Murray

John Murray

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1975

Middlesex had the record-breaking but galling experience of twice playing in cup finals at Lord's in one season (1975) -and of losing both. Back row - G. D. Barlow, C. J. Whiteside, T. M. Lamb, N. P. D. Ross, J. E. Emburey, P. H. Edmonds, M. J. Vernon, N. G. Featherstone; seated-M. W. W. Selvey, J. T. Murray, J. M. Brearley (captain), M. J. Smith, C. T. Radley

The Middlesex squad in 1975

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1975

John Murray

John Murray

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1967

Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd Investec Test: England v India at Southampton - Jul 27-31
England won by 266 runs
Group B: Durham v Warwickshire at Gosforth - Jul 31
Warwickshire 264 Durham 32/0 (7.4/50 ov)
Group A: Gloucs v Hampshire at Bristol - Jul 31
Gloucs 233 Hampshire 55/0 (9.4/50 ov)
Group B: Middlesex v Surrey at Lord's - Jul 31
Surrey 286/6 Middlesex 38/0 (5.4/50 ov)
Northants v NZ A at Northampton - Jul 31
NZ A 424/7 Northants 24/0 (4/50 ov)
Group B: Somerset v Kent at Taunton - Jul 31
Kent 383/7 Somerset 10/1 (0.4/48 ov, target 374)
Group A: Worcs v Derbyshire at Worcester - Jul 31
Worcs 261 Derbyshire 24/0 (5/50 ov)
Yorkshire v Sri Lanka A at Leeds - Jul 31
Sri Lanka A 275/9 Yorkshire 58/0 (7.5/50 ov)
Group A: Essex v Leics at Chelmsford - Jul 31
Leics 58/5 (15/50 ov)
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