Jack Hobbs      

Full name John Berry Hobbs

Born December 16, 1882, Cambridge

Died December 21, 1963, Hove, Sussex (aged 81 years 5 days)

Major teams England, Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram's XI, Surrey

Also known as Sir Jack Hobbs

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

In a nutshell Jack Hobbs is one of the game's early masters. Nobody has scored more first-class runs than his 61,760, or more hundreds than his 199. More

John Berry Hobbs
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 61 102 7 5410 211 56.94 15 28 8 17 0
First-class 834 1325 107 61760 316* 50.70 199 273 342 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 61 11 376 165 1 1/19 1/30 165.00 2.63 376.0 0 0 0
First-class 834 5217 2704 108 7/56 25.03 3.10 48.3 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 1-7, 1908 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 16-22, 1930 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1905 - 1934

Wisden overview
Jack Hobbs was cricket's most prolific batsman. He finished with 61,237 first-class runs and 197 centuries*, most of them stylishly made from the top of the Surrey or England batting orders. And he might have scored many more had the Great War not intervened, or if he hadn't been inclined to get out shortly after reaching 100 to let someone else have a go. Hobbs was known as "The Master", and scored consistently throughout a long career that didn't end till he was past 50. Half his hundreds came when he was over 40, and he remains, at 46 in 1928-29, the oldest man to score a Test century. His opening partnerships with Yorkshire's Herbert Sutcliffe are part of the game's rich folklore. Hobbs was also a charming man, and the world of cricket rejoiced in 1953 when he became the first professional cricketer to be knighted. Steven Lynch

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For love (and money)

A "professional who batted just like an amateur", he was perceived as businesslike, but was actually a brilliant, spontaneous, original player

Stats analysis

Cricket's most prolific batsman

His Test record is imposing enough, but Hobbs has set some first-class records that will probably never be surpassed

    • December 16, 1882
      It all begins in Cambridge
      • Is born John Berry Hobbs, the eldest of 12 children of John Hobbs, a groundsman at Fenner's, a professional umpire, and later groundsman and umpire at Jesus College.
    • 1902
      Professional post
      • Becomes second coach and second umpire at Bedford Grammar School. In August of that year he plays for Royston, receiving a fee of half a guinea for each appearance. Hits a fine century against Herts Club & Ground, bringing immense joy to his father, who died soon afterwards.
    • April 1903
      • Is signed by Surrey, but the two-year period of qualification for the county involves many an up and down. He starts with a duck, but his talent is obvious over the next two years.
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Best Performances
    • 162 not out v Worcestershire, The Oval, 1906
      • Wisden rates this fourth-innings knock in a tough chase - as Hobbs' best for Surrey. Surrey have 286 to get in the last innings, and four of the best batsmen fall - all to Robert Burrows' fast bowling - for 112 runs. The issue looks very much in doubt, but Hobbs finishes the game off with a 174-run fifth-wicket stand in two hours and 10 minutes. As early as in his second season, Hobbs shows he has the nerve for a crisis.
    • 187 v South Africa, Cape Town, 1909-10
      • Googly bowlers on matting pitches are quite the terror at the time Hobbs masters them. In his first series on matting, when the South African spinners are at their most menacing, he scores 539 runs at 67.37 - double the averages of England's next best. The best of the lot is his maiden Test century, to set up a nine-wicket win. A measure of Hobbs' dominance is that a flawless Wilfred Rhodes manages only 77 out of a 221-run opening stand in less than two hours and 40 minutes on the first morning. Hobbs gives his first chance when on 146. South Africa manage only 103 and 327 in response to England's 417, thanks largely to Hobbs.
    • 0 and 116 not out v Somerset, Bath, 1923
      • Hobbs' 100th first-class hundred. It turns the match against Somerset on its head. Against the combination of the pace of Ernie Robson and left-arm spin of Test player Jack White, Surrey are bowled out for 91. Having conceded a lead of 49, big in a low-scoring game, Hobbs manages to keep Robson and White at bay in the second innings and scores 116 not out of 216 for 5 declared, gradually wresting control of the match - on a pitch where Surrey feel safe to declare with just 167 runs of lead. In an unbeaten 63-run sixth-wicket stand, his partner Henry Harrison manages only 10. Surrey hold on in the defence, winning by 10 runs.
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Jul 2, 2020

Jack Hobbs at Blackheath, London, where he is playing for Surrey against Kent, July 20, 1925

Sir Jack Hobbs in 1925

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Jul 2, 2020

Jack Hobbs toasting the crowd, Somerset v Surrey, Taunton, August 18, 1925

Jack Hobbs toasting the crowd at Taunton

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Apr 2, 2004

Jack Hobbs

Jack Hobbs

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Knighted for services to cricket 1953

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1909, 1926

Selected as one of five Wisden cricketers of the century, 2000