Jack Iverson      

Full name John Brian Iverson

Born July 27, 1915, Melbourne, Victoria

Died October 24, 1973, Brighton, Victoria (aged 58 years 89 days)

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

John Brian Iverson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 7 3 3 1* 0.75 0 0 0 0 2 0
First-class 34 46 27 277 31* 14.57 0 0 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 8 1108 320 21 6/27 6/52 15.23 1.73 52.7 2 1 0
First-class 34 8878 3019 157 7/77 19.22 2.04 56.5 9 1
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Brisbane, Dec 1-5, 1950 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 23-28, 1951 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949/50 - 1953/54

John Brian Iverson, who died in Melbourne on October 24, aged 58, was an unusual bowler who created something of a sensation during a brief career in Australian cricket. He bowled fast when at school, but took no part in cricket for twelve years afterwards. While on Army service in New Guinea, Big Jack, as he was known, developed a peculiar method of spinning the ball, which he gripped between his thumb and middle finger. This enabled him to bowl a wide variety of deliveries, including off-breaks, leg-breaks and googlies, without any change of action. He first attracted attention in big cricket in 1949-50 when he took 46 wickets for Victoria at an average cost of 16.12. In the following autumn with W. A. Brown"s team in New Zealand, he, in all matches, disposed of 75 batsmen at a cost of seven runs each and in the next Australian season, at the age of 35, he was chosen for his country against the England team captained by F. R. Brown. So perplexing did the visiting batsmen find the bowling of this tall man that in the Test series he obtained 21 wickets for 15.73 runs apiece, including six for 27 in the second innings of the third Test at Sydney. During the fourth Test at Adelaide he suffered an ankle injury when he trod on the ball. He played in only one game in each of the next two seasons and then gave up cricket altogether.
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Jan 1, 1955

Jack Iverson's unusual grip

Jack Iverson's unusual grip

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Jack Iverson, player portrait, 1952

Jack Iverson, player portrait

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Jack Iverson dismisses Len Hutton - he was rather fortunate to get the decision, Australia v England, Brisbane, 1950-51

Jack Iverson dismisses Len Hutton

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