George Giffen      

Full name George Giffen

Born March 27, 1859, Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia

Died November 29, 1927, Parkside, Adelaide, South Australia (aged 68 years 247 days)

Major teams Australia, South Australia

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

George Giffen
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 31 53 0 1238 161 23.35 1 6 1 24 0
First-class 251 421 23 11758 271 29.54 18 53 194 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 31 43 6391 2791 103 7/117 10/160 27.09 2.62 62.0 7 7 1
First-class 251 46916 21785 1022 10/66 21.31 2.78 45.9 95 30
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1881 - Jan 4, 1882 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 10-12, 1896 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1877/78 - 1903/04

Wisden obituary
George Giffen, born in Adelaide on March 27, 1859, died in a private hospital at his native place, after a long illness, on November 29, aged 68, thus surviving his old comrade, J. J. Lyons, a few months only. As a batsman Giffen possessed a wonderfully fine defence. He stooped a little but had a great variety of strokes with great freedom in his use of the bat, and was exceptionally strong in driving. He bowled right-hand, rather below medium-pace, with considerable spin and well-concealed change of flight and pace. He used to send down with much effect a slow ball, very high-tossed, which, seeming to be coming well up to the batsman, pitched short, and resulted in many a caught and bowled. It was expected that Giffen would have charge of the Australian team which toured England in 1886, but his merits as a leader were not commensurate with his merits as a player. Giffen first visited England in 1882 as a member of the team which beat England at the Oval by 7 runs. As the side included Spofforth, Boyle, Garrett, and Palmer--four of the finest bowlers of the time-- Giffen was overshadowed, and while they averaged l50 wickets at a cost of less than 13 runs each, he had to be content with taking thirty-two wickets for 22 runs each. Still, he had a brilliant success against the Gentlemen of England at the Oval, where he took eleven wickets for less than 10 runs each--eight in the first innings for 49 runs--and contributed largely to a memorable triumph. Nor had his batting powers at that period fully developed, but his record of 873 runs with an average of 18 was a vastly bigger thing than it would be regarded on the easy wickets of to-day. He showed a marked advance in 1884, and two years later, headed both batting and bowling averages, scoring 1,454 runs, for an average of 25, and taking 162 wickets for 16 runs each. Giffen declined invitation to join the Australian teams of 1888 and 1890, but was a member of the side captained by Blackham in 1893, and also of that led by Harry Trott in 1896. In these years, however, though he came out with a fair record for the whole of each tour, he accomplished little in the representative games. Giffen, indeed, in England scarcely reproduced his Australian form, which was of so high a class that he used to be referred to as the W. G. Grace of Australia. As a member of the five teams mentioned he visited the United States three times, New Zealand twice, and Canada once, besides taking part in two small games in Ceylon.

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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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Jan 1892

George Giffen

George Giffen

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1894