George Brown      

Full name George Brown

Born October 6, 1887, Cowley, Oxford

Died December 3, 1964, Winchester, Hampshire (aged 77 years 58 days)

Major teams England, Hampshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

George Brown
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 12 2 299 84 29.90 0 2 0 9 3
First-class 612 1012 52 25649 232* 26.71 37 111 568 78
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 612 31848 18666 626 8/55 29.81 3.51 50.8 23 2
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 2-5, 1921 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Feb 16-22, 1923 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1908 - 1933

George Brown was one of the most colourful of cricketers. Countless stories were -still are- told about him and, if some are apocryphal, they are no more surprising than many that are undoubtedly true. The earliest recounts that, in the spring of 1906, when he was eighteen, he set out from Cowley in Oxford- shire-that prolific nursery of Hampshire cricketers-with a tin trunk, a bat, a pair of plimsolls and the bare price of a single ticket to Southampton. The last, so far as his playing career is concerned, relates that in 1933, rising 46, he began his last season by opening the innings against Surrey on a difficult Oval wicket and carrying his bat for 150 of his side's total of 294. In the interim this remarkable man, utterly fearless, over six feet tall, possessed of immense physical strength and with a deep tan, high cheek bones and imperious nose which gave him the appearance of a Red Indian chief, made a highly individual and varied way across 27 years of cricket. No one has quite equalled his allround record. He went in first for England - and, with an average of fifty, was the only consistent English batsman in the 1921 Tests against Armstrong's Australians with Gregory and McDonald as their attacking edge. A left-handed bat with a naturally aggressive approach, he drove and hooked with quite savage power.

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George Brown (Hampshire and England all-rounder)

George Brown (Hampshire and England)

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George Brown (Hampshire and England)

George Brown (Hampshire and England)

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