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Full name John Sharp
Born February 15, 1878, Hereford
Died January 28, 1938, Wavertree, Liverpool, Lancashire (aged 59 years 347 days)
Major teams England, Lancashire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 1-3, 1909 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 9-11, 1909 scorecard|
A superb allrounder - and the first Test cricketer to come from Hereford - the compact Jack Sharp was a right-hand middle-order batsman and a brisk left-arm bowler, as well as being an outstanding cover fielder. Picked for three Tests against Australia in 1909 - mainly as a bowler- he did little until the final match at The Oval where he hit 105 in 170 minutes on top of three first-innings wickets. That was his only international recognition. He played for Lancashire for 15 seasons as a professional before the Great War, including their unbeaten Championship-winning side of 1904, and for another seven seasons as an amateur afterwards. He captained Lancashire from 1923 to 1925, doubling up as an England selector in 1924. His time at Old Trafford ended on a sour note when he was barracked by some of the crowd after he dropped a catch against Middlesex. He initially said he would never play on the ground again, but relented although he did retire at the end of the summer. White was also an outstanding footballer, representing England at outside-right, and was in the Everton side which won the 1906 FA Cup - he went on to become a director of the club. He also played for Aston Villa.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?