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John Carr      

Full name John Donald Carr

Born June 15, 1963, St John's Wood, London

Current age 57 years 132 days

Major teams Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Oxford University

Nickname Carsi

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position First slip

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Repton School; Oxford University

John Donald Carr
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 212 331 51 10895 261* 38.91 24 51 260 0
List A 195 183 27 4470 106 28.65 2 21 89 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 212 6687 2939 68 6/61 43.22 2.63 98.3 3 0
List A 195 2366 1644 50 4/21 4/21 32.88 4.16 47.3 1 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1983 - 1996
List A span 1983 - 1996

Born in a house backing onto Lord's, it was almost inevitable that John Carr would play for Middlesex, and given his background - Repton and Oxford, and son of the former TCCB secretary Donald - equally certain that he would end up working in cricket administration. Carr was a capable county batsman with a most extraordinary backlift which involved the bat being held vertically with the face pointing towards the wicketkeeper, all from a square-on stance. He was a Blue between 1983 and 1985 - at the same time he was playing Minor Counties cricket for Hertfordshire - and he was a regular member of the Middlesex side until 1989 when, after a loss of form which resulted in his being dropped for a month, he announced his retirement to go into banking. In 1992 he made a successful comeback, and in the final weeks of the 1994 season he embarked on a spectacular scoring spree with successive scores of 78*, 171*, 136, 106*, 40*, 62* and 261*. This also meant he pipped Brian Lara to top place in the national averages - despite the latter's 501* earlier that year. Carr is now the ECB's Director of Cricket, having retired - this time for good - in 1996 to enter cricket administration.
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Sep 24, 2008

John Carr, the England board's director of cricket operations, visits the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, where England will play a Test in December, Ahmedabad, September 24, 2007

John Carr visits the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad


Aug 30, 2007

Haidee Tiffen receives the series trophy from John Carr, the ECB's director of cricket, England Women v New Zealand Women, 6th ODI, Shenley, August 30, 2007

Haidee Tiffen receives the series trophy from John Carr

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Nov 25, 2004

John Carr, ECB Director of Cricket Operations, arrives to talk to the England players, November 25 2005

John Carr arrives

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