George Francis      

Full name George Nathaniel Francis

Born December 11, 1897, Trents, St James, Barbados

Died January 12, 1942, Black Rock, St Michael, Barbados (aged 44 years 32 days)

Major teams West Indies, Barbados

Also known as birth registered as John Nathaniel Francis

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 10 18 4 81 19* 5.78 0 0 0 7 0
First-class 62 91 23 874 61 12.85 0 1 42 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 10 13 1619 763 23 4/40 6/109 33.17 2.82 70.3 3 0 0
First-class 62 10880 5159 223 7/50 23.13 2.84 48.7 8 2
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 23-26, 1928 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 24-27, 1933 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1924-1933
Profile

George Francis caused a sensation in West Indies' tour of England in 1923 in the final match of the first-class season at Scarborough when he ripped through the best of England batting to reduce a strong Leveson-Gower's XI to 19 for 6 after they were set 28 to win. It wasn't quite enough to force an improbable win but it brought acknowledgement that West Indies were no push overs. Francis was capable of bowling at genuine pace, and possessed a vicious yorker, yet his selection for the 1923 trip only came at the insistence of West Indies' captain, Harold Austin.

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1923

The West Indian squad that toured England in 1923, before Test status was conferred on the region

The West Indian squad that toured England in 1923, before Test status was conferred on the region

© Robert Nunes

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