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John Snow

John Snow
INTL CAREER: 1965 - 1976
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Full Name

John Augustine Snow


October 13, 1941, Peopleton, Worcestershire


82y 138d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast medium

Playing Role


For eight years from the mid-1960s John Snow was, by some margin, England's best fast bowler. If he'd been Australian he would have been an automatic pick for every Test when fit. But he was strong-willed and difficult, and, being subject to the whims of English panels of selectors, he won only 49 Test caps. Even more absurdly, he went on only three tours. He was dropped twice in unusual circumstances: by Sussex for "not trying", and by England for barging India's Sunil Gavaskar off his feet at Lord's in 1971. Gavaskar, the non-striker, had crossed Snow's running line in going for a quick single after the ball had been pushed towards mid-on. Two years earlier, in Pakistan, Snow had cost himself another cap by bowling fast bouncers at Tom Graveney, the vice-captain, on a dangerous net pitch in Lahore the day before a Test. The son of a Church of England clergyman, Snow was a strange mixture altogether. Away from cricket, until he mellowed, he could be unapproachable. But his artistic flair was manifest in two published books of poetry, and in retirement he unexpectedly set up a successful travel agency. For England he reached his peak in West Indies and Australia, where his 31 Test wickets in 1970-71, combined with 1305 runs from Boycott and Edrich, were Ray Illingworth's main weapon in winning back the Ashes. In rhythm, accuracy, pace and possession of a vicious bouncer, Snow had much in common with Glenn McGrath of Australia as a spearhead. But in one respect they widely differed: Snow never needed to resort to sledging to make a batsman feel uncomfortable. His air of menace said it all.
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John Snow Career Stats


List A182-888248552515/155/1519.343.2735.3820

Batting & Fielding

List A1821333912095712.86--02--340
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John Lever, John Snow and Neal Radford in Antigua
John Snow chats to Joel Garner in Antigua
John Snow bowls for an Old England side
John Snow bowls
The England players are introduced to the Queen
John Snow. Frightening. And frighteningly fast as well.