BADCOCK, FREDERICK THEODORE, who died in Perth, Western Australia, on September 19, 1982, aged 84, played seven times for New Zealand between 1929-30 and 1932-33, though he was born in India and educated at Wellington College, Berkshire. Tall, dark and handsome, he bowled at a good medium pace, was a brilliant fielder and a good enough batsman to score 64 and 53 in successive Tests against South Africa in 1931-32. His first Test, against England at Wellington, was also New Zealand's first, and he made a pair in it, as well as being one of M. J. C. Allom's four victims in five balls.
He ended his Test career, barely three years later, bowling to Hammond while he was scoring 227 and 336 not out in the only two Test matches which England played in New Zealand in 1932-33. Badcock's peripatetic life included a spell in England during the Second World War, when he played occasionally for Northamptonshire, some coaching in Ceylon and retirement in Western Australia. In all first-class cricket he scored 2,356 runs (average 26.47), including four centuries, and took 214 wickets at 23 apiece.
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