Lord Harris      

Full name George Robert Canning Harris (Lord Harris)

Born February 3, 1851, St Anne's, Trinidad

Died March 24, 1932, Belmont, Faversham, Kent (aged 81 years 50 days)

Major teams England, Kent, Oxford University

Also known as succeeded as 4th Lord Harris in 1872

Batting style Right-hand bat

Education Eton College; Oxford University

Relation Uncle - WM Jervis, Nephew - NE Haig

George Robert Canning Harris (Lord Harris)
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 4 6 1 145 52 29.00 0 1 0 2 0
First-class 224 395 23 9990 176 26.85 11 55 190 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 2 32 29 0 - - - 5.43 - 0 0 0
First-class 224 3446 1758 75 5/57 23.44 3.06 45.9 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 2-4, 1879 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 11-13, 1884 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1870 - 1911

Lord Harris was perhaps the single most influential man to have been involved in cricket, as a player and then more significantly as an administrator. He rebuilt Kent, led a side to the USA and Canada and then captained the fifth side to tour Australia in 1878-79. In 1880 he assembled and captained the England XI for the first Test in the country. He was governor of Bombay from 1890 to 1895, during which time he did much to lay down foundations for the expansion of the game in India. On his return he overshadowed the game, fighting on behalf of professionals and leading the campaign to stamp out throwing. He was also a stickler for the Laws and was particular obsessive about players qualifications for representing counties. Those who crossed him - and there were many - found him autocratic and intolerant, but there was no questioning his influence. Outside cricket he was a leading politician, serving as under-secretary of state for India and then under-secretary of state for War.
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Apr 1, 1929

Lord Harris (left) greets Jack Hobbs (right) and the rest of the England players after they returned home having retained the Ashes in Australia, Dover, April 1, 1929

Lord Harris (left) greets Jack Hobbs (right) and the rest of the England players after they returned home having retained the Ashes in Australia

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Jun 1, 1927

Lord Harris

Lord Harris

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George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Belda, 1905

Lord Harris by Albert Chevallier Tayler

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Succeeded to title 1872