Ian Craig      

Full name Ian David Craig

Born June 12, 1935, Yass, New South Wales

Died November 16, 2014, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 79 years 157 days)

Major teams Australia, Free Foresters, New South Wales

Playing role Batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Education North Sydney Boys' High; University of Sydney

Ian David Craig
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 11 18 0 358 53 19.88 0 2 0 2 0
First-class 144 208 15 7328 213* 37.96 15 38 70 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 11 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 144 130 127 1 1/3 127.00 5.86 130.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Feb 6-12, 1953 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Feb 28-Mar 4, 1958 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1951/52 - 1961/62

Ian Craig was precocious in his every cricket deed, including retirement, which came at the age of 26. By that stage, nonetheless, he had become the youngest Australian to represent his state, to make a first-class double-century, to play for and finally to lead his country. Comparisons with Bradman, following his 213 for New South Wales against South Africa in January 1953, were Craig's greatest burden, and his first tour of England later that year was wretchedly unsuccessful: he made only 429 runs in 27 innings. After university studies and national service, however, he made a better fist of English conditions in 1956, and was promoted to captain when Australia toured South Africa in 1957-58. While runs eluded him there, Craig was an effective and sympathetic leader in a young side restoring Australian credibility after a barren period. But he was kept out of the next home season by an inopportune bout of hepatitis, and found Test ranks closed to him thereafter. Craig left the game for commerce, and joined the Australian subsidiary of the pharmaceutical giant Boots, where he was to retire as managing director.
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Jun 10, 2014

Ian Craig with his wife Roz

Ian Craig with his wife Roz


Jul 31, 1956

Ian Craig is trapped lbw by Jim Laker in the second innings, England v Australia, Manchester, July 31, 1956

Ian Craig is trapped lbw by Jim Laker in the second innings

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Ian Craig bats, 1953. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Ian Craig bats

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