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Billy Bates

Billy Bates
INTL CAREER: 1881 - 1887
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Full Name

Willie Bates


November 19, 1855, Lascelles Hall, Huddersfield, Yorkshire


January 08, 1900, Lepton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, (aged 44y 50d)

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

The tragic Willie Bates, whose luminous career was cut short by a freak injury in Australia in 1887-88. Bates was bowling his offspinners in the nets when a straight-drive hit him in the face, damaging his eyesight so badly that he never played first-class cricket again. After that, he became depressed and attempted suicide. Bates took 50 wickets in 15 Tests (all of which he played in Australia) at a startling average of 16.42. His finest hour came at Melbourne in 1882-83, when he took 7 for 28 (including the first Test hat-trick by an Englishman) and 7 for 74 as England hammered Australia by an innings. As a batsman he made ten first-class hundreds, and was good enough to open for England. He died in Yorkshire in 1900, aged only 45.
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Debut/Last Matches of Billy Bates

Recent Matches of Billy Bates

Non-Smokers vs Smokers46/73 & 1/4017-Mar-1887MelbourneFC
England vs Australia8 & 304/2625-Feb-1887SydneyTest # 26
England vs Australia8 & 241/19 & 0/828-Jan-1887SydneyTest # 25
England vs Australia61--21-Mar-1885MelbourneTest # 21
England vs Australia64 & 10/4414-Mar-1885SydneyTest # 20

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The England cricket team in 1880