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Full name Herbert Leslie Collins
Born January 21, 1888, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales
Died May 28, 1959, Little Bay, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 71 years 127 days)
Major teams Australia, New South Wales
Also known as Horseshoe
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Relation Brother - RS Collins
|Test debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 17-22, 1920 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 14-18, 1926 scorecard|
|First-class span||1909/10 - 1925/26|
Herbie Collins, who died in Sydney on May 28, aged 70, took part in 19 Tests for Australia between 1920 and 1926. First appearing for New South Wales in 1912, he was a prominent member of the Australian Imperial Forces team in England in 1919, being captain for much of the programme after CE Kelleway, because of some disagreement, dropped out. During that tour Collins scored 1615 runs, including six centuries, average 38.45, and with slow left-arm bowling took 106 wickets for 16.55 runs each.
A bookmaker by profession, he was widely known as "Horseshoe" Collins by reason of his good fortune in connection with racing and in winning the toss at cricket. He was one of the great Australian team in England in 1921, when a broken thumb caused him to miss two of the Test matches, and he captained the side in England in 1926 when, handicapped by neuritis, he did not display his true form. A batsman possessing exceptionally sound defence and seemingly unlimited patience, he spent four hours fifty minutes over 40 runs in the Old Trafford Test match of 1921 when, following a blank first day through rain, an England total of 362 for four wickets, declared, left Australia with nothing to hope for but a draw.
In all Test matches he scored 1352 runs, average 45.06, and hit four centuries, the highest being 203 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1921 and 162 against England at Adelaide in 1920-21. In 30 Sheffield Shield games for New South Wales he obtained 2040 runs, highest innings 146, for an average of 41.63.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager