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John Snow      

Full name John Augustine Snow

Born October 13, 1941, Peopleton, Worcestershire

Current age 72 years 322 days

Major teams England, Sussex, Warwickshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

John Augustine Snow
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 49 71 14 772 73 13.54 0 2 4 16 0
ODIs 9 4 2 9 5* 4.50 41 21.95 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 346 451 110 4832 73* 14.17 0 11 125 0
List A 182 133 39 1209 57 12.86 0 2 34 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 49 93 12021 5387 202 7/40 10/142 26.66 2.68 59.5 12 8 1
ODIs 9 8 538 232 14 4/11 4/11 16.57 2.58 38.4 2 0 0
First-class 346 60958 26695 1174 8/87 22.73 2.62 51.9 56 9
List A 182 8882 4855 251 5/15 5/15 19.34 3.27 35.3 8 2 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 17-22, 1965 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 22-27, 1976 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Leeds, Jun 18, 1975 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1961-1977
List A span 1963-1980
Profile

For eight years from the mid-1960s John Snow was, by some margin, England's best fast bowler. If he'd been Australian he would have been an automatic pick for every Test when fit. But he was strong-willed and difficult, and, being subject to the whims of English panels of selectors, he won only 49 Test caps. Even more absurdly, he went on only three tours. He was dropped twice in unusual circumstances: by Sussex for "not trying", and by England for barging India's Sunil Gavaskar off his feet at Lord's in 1971. Gavaskar, the non-striker, had crossed Snow's running line in going for a quick single after the ball had been pushed towards mid-on. Two years earlier, in Pakistan, Snow had cost himself another cap by bowling fast bouncers at Tom Graveney, the vice-captain, on a dangerous net pitch in Lahore the day before a Test. The son of a Church of England clergyman, Snow was a strange mixture altogether. Away from cricket, until he mellowed, he could be unapproachable. But his artistic flair was manifest in two published books of poetry, and in retirement he unexpectedly set up a successful travel agency. For England he reached his peak in West Indies and Australia, where his 31 Test wickets in 1970-71, combined with 1305 runs from Boycott and Edrich, were Ray Illingworth's main weapon in winning back the Ashes. In rhythm, accuracy, pace and possession of a vicious bouncer, Snow had much in common with Glenn McGrath of Australia as a spearhead. But in one respect they widely differed: Snow never needed to resort to sledging to make a batsman feel uncomfortable. His air of menace said it all.
John Thicknesse

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Nov 13, 2005

John Snow chats to Joel Garner at the Antigua Independence Festival, Stanford Oval, November 2005

John Snow chats to Joel Garner in Antigua

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Nov 13, 2005

John Lever, John Snow and Neal Radford at the Antigua Independence Festival, Stanford Oval, November 2005

John Lever, John Snow and Neal Radford in Antigua

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Jul 21, 1976

John Snow bowls, England v West Indies, fourth Test, Headingley

John Snow bowls

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1973

Tour Results
Australia v England at Perth - Feb 6, 2011
Australia won by 57 runs
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 2, 2011
Australia won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Brisbane - Jan 30, 2011
Australia won by 51 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Jan 26, 2011
England won by 21 runs
Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 23, 2011
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
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