Jim Parks

England|Wicketkeeper Batter
Jim Parks
INTL CAREER: 1954 - 1968
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Full Name

James Michael Parks


October 21, 1931, Haywards Heath, Sussex


May 31, 2022, Sussex, (aged 90y 222d)

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style


Fielding Position


Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter





Jim Parks was a multitalented cricketer, initially as a batsman and in latter years as an outstanding batsman-wicketkeeper. His father, also Jim, had been a Sussex stalwart between the wars and had played once for England, but young Jim soon established himself in his own right.

He made his debut in 1949 as a batsman who could also bowl decent offspin and was also an outstanding fielder. His Test debut in 1954 was as a specialist batsman but it was only when he took up wicketkeeping that his international career took off. That he did so was through necessity as Sussex were in need of a keeper and Parks volunteered; he was a natural. Within 18 months he had been recalled by England and he remained a mainstay of the side for much of the 1960s.

Parks captained Sussex in 1967 and 1968, making the third of his four Lord's final appearances in the second season, and at the end of 1972 he left Hove and joined Somerset on a three-year contract.

He later worked for Whitbread and as a marketing manager for Sussex. He also managed the Old England cricket team for several years. In 2013 he was elected President of Sussex.
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Jim Parks Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A132123152832102*26.22113-1137


List A132-000-----000
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Debut/Last Matches of Jim Parks

FC Matches

1949 - 1976

List A Matches

1963 - 1975

Recent Matches of Jim Parks

Somerset vs Kent21*--14-Aug-1974CanterburyList A
Somerset vs Surrey42*--31-Jul-1974TauntonList A
Somerset vs Leics19*0c/0s26-Jun-1974LeicesterList A
Somerset vs Hampshire9--12-Jun-1974TauntonList A
Somerset vs MC South32*2c/0s01-Jun-1974TorquayList A

Photos of Jim Parks

Jim Parks, the Sussex president and former England keeper-batsman, attends Australia's tour game
Jim Parks
Jim Parks
Jim Parks dives to catch Graeme Pollock off John Price
Bill Lawry is run out as Jim Parks breaks the stumps
Jim Parks batting in 1964