Tom Richardson      

Full name Thomas Richardson

Born August 11, 1870, Byfleet, Surrey

Died July 2, 1912, St Jean d'Arvey, Chambery, Savoie, France (aged 41 years 326 days)

Major teams England, London County, Somerset, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Thomas Richardson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 14 24 8 177 25* 11.06 0 0 0 5 0
First-class 358 479 124 3424 69 9.64 0 2 126 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 14 24 4498 2220 88 8/94 13/244 25.22 2.96 51.1 1 11 4
First-class 358 78992 38793 2104 10/45 18.43 2.94 37.5 200 72
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24-26, 1893 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 26-Mar 2, 1898 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1892 - 1905

Wisden obituary
Tom Richardson, whose tragic end caused such a painful shock to his friends, was born at Byfleet, August 11, 1870; died at St Jean d'Arvey, July 2, 1912. He will live in cricket history as perhaps the finest of all fast bowlers. Among the only men who can be placed with him are George Freeman, John Jackson and William Lockwood. Many famous batsmen, among them Ranjitsinhji, contend that on his good days Lockwood was more difficult to play than Richardson, but for consistent excellence there was no comparison between the two bowlers. While he was at his best - from 1893 to 1897 inclusive - Richardson scarcely knew what it was to be out of form. Allowing for the excellence of the wickets on which he had to bowl, it is quite safe to say that his work during those five years has never been surpassed. Too much was exacted from him, but he ought not to have gone off as soon as he did. He began to lose efficiency before he was 28, and though for a year or two longer he did brilliant things he was never again his old self. A great increase in weight rather than hard work was responsible for his comparatively early decline. Looking at the matter in the light of after events, it was no doubt a misfortune that he paid a second visit to Australia. When in the autumn of 1897 he went out with Mr Stoddart's second team, he was at the top of his fame, having just completed a wonderful season's bowling. In English first-class cricket in 1897 he took 273 wickets for less than 14½ runs each. One remembers that when Mr Stoddart's team sailed from Tilbury, Maurice Read was full of forebodings as to the effect the tour might have on Richardson's future, thinking that a winter's rest after his strenuous labours would have been far better for him than Test matches on Australian wickets. After Richardson came home his falling off was plain for all to see. He took 161 wickets in first-class matches in 1898, but his bowling had lost its superlative quality, and only in two or three matches at the end of the season - notably against Warwickshire at The Oval - was he the old Richardson of the previous year. He continued to assist Surrey for several seasons, playing for the county for the last time in 1904. After that he lived for a time at Bath and appeared once at least in the Somerset XI, but he had become bulky in figure, and his day for serious cricket was over.

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1897