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James Southerton      

Full name James Southerton

Born November 16, 1827, Petworth, Sussex

Died June 16, 1880, Mitcham, Surrey (aged 52 years 213 days)

Major teams England, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Relation Son - SJ Southerton

James Southerton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 1 7 6 3.50 0 0 0 0 2 0
First-class 286 480 130 3159 82 9.02 0 3 215 3
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 2 263 107 7 4/46 4/46 15.28 2.44 37.5 1 0 0
First-class 286 68668 24280 1682 9/30 14.43 2.12 40.8 192 59
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 31-Apr 4, 1877 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class debut Sussex v Surrey at Brighton, Sep 28-29, 1854 scorecard
Last First-class 1879

At 49 years 119 days, James Southerton is the oldest player to make a Test debut, a record unlikely to be eclipsed - he was also the first Test cricketer to die. The bulk of his first-class career came before his appearances in the first two Tests (in 1876-77) . Initially a batsmen, he turned his hand to slow round-arm bowling (then a rarity) and as time went on metamorphosed into a more conventional slow left-armer. He was a capable batsman and a sound slip fielder. In 1867 he represented three counties (Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex) in an era before strict rules on qualification. In his final years he was landlord of the famous "Cricketers" pub on Mitcham Green.
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© The Cricketer International

Oct 24, 1876

The 1876-77 squad which played the first Test against Australia at Melbourne in March 1877 pictured shortly before they left England.  Back: Harry Jupp, Tom Emmett, Alfred Hogben (a sponsor of the trip), Allan Hill, Tom Armitage. Front: Ted Pooley, James Southerton, James Lillywhite jnr, Alfred Shaw, George Ulyett, Andrew Greenwood. On ground: Harry Charlwood, John Selby.

The 1876-77 squad which played the first Test against Australia

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