Jack Blackham      

Full name John McCarthy Blackham

Born May 11, 1854, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria

Died December 28, 1932, Flinders Lane, Latrobe, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 78 years 231 days)

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

John McCarthy Blackham
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 35 62 11 800 74 15.68 0 4 0 37 24
First-class 275 442 61 6395 109 16.78 1 26 274 181
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 35 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 275 312 138 2 1/8 69.00 2.65 156.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 14-20, 1894 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1874/75 - 1894/95

By virtue of his capacities as a wicketkeeper in the very early days of Australian first-class cricket, Jack Blackham is widely reputed to have been one of the finest cricketers that his nation has ever produced. In an era in which the flimsy texture of wicketkeeping gloves provided little protection from the consistent pounding of balls into a wearer's hands, Blackham displayed extraordinary skill and it is said that he rarely failed to seize an opportunity to effect a dismissal in his position behind the wicket. He was so competent that he was regarded as Australia's first choice wicketkeeper for a period of no less than 18 years, occupying the role from the time of his country's first ever Test - in 1877. Unlike many of his peers or successors, Blackham was just as happy to stand up to the stumps to pace bowlers as he was to spinners. He was also a stubborn batsman in the lower order, and played many valuable innings. Of these, the 74 that he made against England in Sydney in 1894-85 stands out statistically, for it was both his own highest score and allowed him to join with Syd Gregory in delivering Australia what still remains its all time record Test partnership for the ninth wicket. As a reflection of his considerable ability, Blackham was named by Wisden as one of its Cricketers of the Year in 1891. More recently, he was honoured by being selected as one of the inaugural members of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
John Polack

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The 1878 Australians: J. McC. Blackham, T. Horan, G. H. Bailey, D. W. Gregory (captain), J. Conway (manager), A. Bannerman, C. Bannerman, W. L. Murdoch;  front row: F. R. Spofforth, F. Allan, W. Midwinter, T. W. Garrett, H. F. Boyle

The 1878 Australians

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The Australian team in England, 1893. Back row (left to right): Carpenter (umpire), V Cohen (manager), Affie Jarvis, Walter Giffen, William Bruce, Alec Bannerman and umpire Thoms. Middle row: Harry Trott, Hugh Trumble, George Giffen, Jack Blackham (captain), JJ Lyons, Bob McLeod and Charlie Turner. Front row: Harry Graham, Arthur Coningham and Syd Gregory

The Australian team in England, 1893

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The 1893 Australian team to England

The 1893 Australian team to England

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1891

Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 1996