Frederick Spofforth      

Full name Frederick Robert Spofforth

Born September 9, 1853, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales

Died June 4, 1926, Ditton Hill Lodge, Long Ditton, Surrey, England (aged 72 years 268 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Frederick Robert Spofforth
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 18 29 6 217 50 9.43 0 1 1 11 0
First-class 155 236 41 1928 56 9.88 0 3 83 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 18 30 4185 1731 94 7/44 14/90 18.41 2.48 44.5 6 7 4
First-class 155 30593 12759 853 9/18 14.95 2.50 35.8 84 32
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 31-Apr 4, 1877 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 28-31, 1887 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1874/75 - 1887/88

Tall, spindly, and a player who consistently tested the wits of opposing batsmen, Fred "The Demon" Spofforth was Australia's first true fast bowler. His first-class career spanned the 23-year period between 1874 and 1897 and, throughout that time, his accuracy, his lionhearted endeavour and the phenomenal rapidity of his wicket taking made him a revered figure. Although he possessed a relatively unremarkable run-up and action (the most notable feature of which was a high leap just before he released the ball) and was never regarded as a tearaway fast bowler, Spofforth was an inspiration both for his peers and succeeding generations of pacemen. From the time of his debut for New South Wales, he was a larger than life character in the sport - the quality of his performances matched in kind by his ability to enhance the growing popularity of cricket in Australia.

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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

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Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 1996