Full name Willie Bates
Born November 19, 1855, Lascelles Hall, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Died January 8, 1900, Lepton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (aged 44 years 50 days)
Major teams England, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1881 - Jan 4, 1882 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 25-Mar 1, 1887 scorecard|
|First-class span||1877 - 1887|
The tragic Willie Bates, whose luminous career was cut short by a freak injury in Australia in 1887-88. Bates was bowling his offspinners in the nets when a straight-drive hit him in the face, damaging his eyesight so badly that he never played first-class cricket again. After that, he became depressed and attempted suicide. Bates took 50 wickets in 15 Tests (all of which he played in Australia) at a startling average of 16.42. His finest hour came at Melbourne in 1882-83, when he took 7 for 28 (including the first Test hat-trick by an Englishman) and 7 for 74 as England hammered Australia by an innings. As a batsman he made ten first-class hundreds, and was good enough to open for England. He died in Yorkshire in 1900, aged only 45.
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