Full name Robert Gardner Warton
Born January 16, 1847, Islington, London
Died September 20, 1923, Channel Islands (aged 76 years 247 days)
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Mar 12-13, 1889 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 25-26, 1889 scorecard|
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Warton was a career army man, serving in Japan and South Africa. It was through his connections there that he organised the first English touring side to the Cape in 1888-89. A private venture, two matches against a South Africa XI were only accorded Test status some years later. Warton stood as umpire in the two matches. He retired to Jersey where he lived the last 20 years of his life.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane
Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by