Freddie Brown      

Full name Frederick Richard Brown

Born December 16, 1910, Lima, Peru

Died July 24, 1991, Ramsbury, Wiltshire (aged 80 years 220 days)

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Northamptonshire, Surrey

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Legbreak googly

Other Administrator

Education St Piran's, Maidenhead; The Leys; Cambridge University

Frederick Richard Brown
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 22 30 1 734 79 25.31 0 5 5 22 0
First-class 335 536 49 13325 212 27.36 22 56 212 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 22 31 3260 1398 45 5/49 6/81 31.06 2.57 72.4 3 1 0
First-class 335 65967 32007 1221 8/34 26.21 2.91 54.0 62 11
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at The Oval, Jul 29-31, 1931 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 25-30, 1953 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1930 - 1953

Frederick Richard Brown, CBE, who died on July 24, 1991, aged 80, was all-rounder of exceptional skill and achievement who will always be remembered for the courage and determination of his leadership of England in the 1950-51 Test series in Australia. Few visiting captains have been received with so much acclaim by the crowds of Melbourne and Sydney. Although England lost the series by four matches to one, it was soon appreciated that the 40-year-old Brown had almost single-handedly, and against every forecast, done a huge amount to revitalise English cricket, which had been humbled in turn by Australian speed and West Indian spin. What is in many ways a romantic story started when Brown was offered the captaincy of Northamptonshire early in 1949. He called his new charges back for three weeks training before the season began and went on to lead them to sixth place in the Championship--after two years at the bottom of the table. In addition, he was invited to captain England in the last two Tests against New Zealand and, crucially, a year later, the Gentleman at Lord's. A sudden first-innings collapse, the presence of the selectors, and his sense of the occasion put Brown on his mettle. In a wonderful innings of 122, made in 110 minutes, he hit a six and sixteen fours, scoring all but 9 of the runs put on while he was at the wicket. The selectors had no need to look further for the man they wanted in Australia, and he was recalled to lead England at the Oval in the last Test against West Indies.

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Aug 30, 1980

Former and current captains of England and Australia line up. From left:  Bob Wyatt, Lindsay Hassett, Gubby Allen, Cyril Walters, Arthur Morris, Norman Yardley, Freddie Brown, Richie Benaud, Len Hutton, Neil Harvey, Peter May, Bob Simpson, Bill Lawry, Ted Dexter, Mike Smith, Barry Jarman, Tom Graveney, Ian Chappell, Graham Yallop, Greg Chappell and Ian Botham, England v Australia, Centenary Test, Lord's, 3rd day, August 30,  1980

Former and current captains of England and Australia line up on the field during day three of the Centenary Test

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Rest of the World XI, Lord's, 1970: (back, 1 to r) Freddie Brown (manager), Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock, Clive Lloyd, Farokh Engineer, Mike Procter, Intikhab Alam; (front) Rohan Kanhai, Eddie Barlow, Garry Sobers (captain), Lance Gibbs, Graham McKenzie.

Rest of the World XI, Lord's, 1970

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Dec 5, 1950

Sam Loxton takes a catch to dismiss Freddie Brown off the bowling of Jack Iverson, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day December 5, 1950

Sam Loxton takes a catch to dismiss Freddie Brown off the bowling of Jack Iverson

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1933