John Neild Edwards
August 16, 1928, Ormond, Victoria
December 29, 2002, Melbourne, Victoria, (aged 74y 135d)
Right hand Bat
Right arm Medium
Edwards, John Neild, who died in Melbourne on December 29, 2002, aged 74, was 27 when first selected to open the bowling for Victoria, in 1955-56. Solidly built, "Darky" Edwards operated at medium pace and in 32 games for the state took 85 wickets at 29.45. His swing bowling was demanding rather than penetrative, but one sultry Melbourne morning in December 1957 it was unplayable. Edwards sent back four batsmen without conceding a run and finished with a career-best six for 18 as Queensland were dismissed for 65. Once the humidity cleared, Victoria amassed 464, to which Edwards contributed 48 not out, the highest score in his 361 runs at 12.89. He was a state selector for nine years and managed the national team at home in 28 Tests and 62 one-day internationals between 1979 and 1984. The Australians wore black armbands in his honour on the third day of the Sydney Test in 2003.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2003
Batting & Fielding