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Full name John Donald Carr
Born June 15, 1963, St John's Wood, London
Current age 51 years 39 days
Major teams Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position First slip
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Repton School; Oxford University
|List A span||1983-1996|
Born in a house backing onto Lord's, it was almost inevitable that John Carr would play for Middlesex, and given his background - Repton and Oxford, and son of the former TCCB secretary Donald - equally certain that he would end up working in cricket administration. Carr was a capable county batsman with a most extraordinary backlift which involved the bat being held vertically with the face pointing towards the wicketkeeper, all from a square-on stance. He was a Blue between 1983 and 1985 - at the same time he was playing Minor Counties cricket for Hertfordshire - and he was a regular member of the Middlesex side until 1989 when, after a loss of form which resulted in his being dropped for a month, he announced his retirement to go into banking. In 1992 he made a successful comeback, and in the final weeks of the 1994 season he embarked on a spectacular scoring spree with successive scores of 78*, 171*, 136, 106*, 40*, 62* and 261*. This also meant he pipped Brian Lara to top place in the national averages - despite the latter's 501* earlier that year. Carr is now the ECB's Director of Cricket, having retired - this time for good - in 1996 to enter cricket administration.
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