George Lohmann      

Full name George Alfred Lohmann

Born June 2, 1865, Kensington, London

Died December 1, 1901, Worcester, Cape Province, South Africa (aged 36 years 182 days)

Major teams England, Surrey, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

George Alfred Lohmann
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 18 26 2 213 62* 8.87 0 1 1 28 0
First-class 293 427 39 7247 115 18.67 3 29 337 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 18 36 3830 1205 112 9/28 15/45 10.75 1.88 34.1 2 9 5
First-class 293 71724 25295 1841 9/28 13.73 2.11 38.9 176 57
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Manchester, Jul 5-7, 1886 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 22-24, 1896 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1884 - 1896/97

On pure statistics, George Lohmann has a right to up there with the greatest Test bowlers of all time. Rated by contemporaries as the most difficult opponent, he bowled at little more than medium pace but was able to make the ball seam both ways, and his constant experimentation led to variations in angle, flight and pace. Add into the equation his metronomic accuracy, and he was often unplayable. He was no mean batsman either, fleet of foot and with a good eye, and a brilliant slip fielder. A fair, blue-eyed, handsome man, he was 21 when he first played for England in 1886 and had already made his mark with Surrey. He took one wicket in his first two Tests in 1886, but at The Oval he took 7 for 36 and 5 for 68 as England won by an innings. Thereafter he was a fixture in the side. He took his 50th Test wicket in only his 10th Test, and his hundred in his 16th. On the matting wickets of South Africa he was devastating - in 1896-96 he took 35 wickets in three Tests at 5.80. But in 1892 he contracted tuberculosis, and although spending every winter thereafter in South Africa helped his health, he was a far from well man. He extended his English career until 1896, but he was no longer able to shoulder the burden of bowling which had been his hallmark in earlier years. He emigrated to South Africa at the end of the season, playing two final seasons for Western Province, and he returned to England in 1901 as manager of the South African side. He died later that year aged only 36.
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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1889