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William Cooper      

Full name William Henry Cooper

Born September 11, 1849, Maidstone, Kent, England

Died April 5, 1939, Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 89 years 206 days)

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Relation Great-grandson - AP Sheahan

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 1 13 7 6.50 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 26 39 15 247 46 10.29 0 0 16 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 3 446 226 9 6/120 9/200 25.11 3.04 49.5 0 1 0
First-class 26 3182 1739 71 7/37 24.49 3.27 44.8 5 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1881 - Jan 4, 1882 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 12-16, 1884 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1878-1887
Profile

William Henry Cooper, who at the time of his death in Australia on April 5, 1939, was acclaimed as the oldest Australian Test player, owned Maidstone, Kent as being his birthplace in 1849. Taken to Australia when eight he did not start serious cricket until 27, and then only on medical advice. Cooper soon gained a reputation as a slow leg-break bowler and, against England at Melbourne in the 1882 New Year's match, he took nine wickets. He came to England with W. L. Murdoch's team in 1884 but did not play in a Test. In a busy cricket life he captained Victoria, was a State Selector, and vice-president of the Victoria Cricket Association.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

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