Ted Badcock      

Full name Frederick Theodore Badcock

Born August 9, 1897, Abbottabad, North-West Frontier Province, India

Died September 19, 1982, South Perth, Western Australia, Australia (aged 85 years 41 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Otago, Wellington

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Frederick Theodore Badcock
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 9 2 137 64 19.57 0 2 3 1 0
First-class 53 96 3 2383 155 25.62 4 13 38 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 9 1608 610 16 4/80 5/102 38.12 2.27 100.5 1 0 0
First-class 53 15995 5211 221 7/50 23.57 1.95 72.3 14 5
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Jan 10-13, 1930 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 31-Apr 3, 1933 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1924/25 - 1936/37

A fine allrounder, born India on August 9, 1898, and educated Wellington College, Frederick Theodor Badcock went to New Zealand in 1924 afte army service in India and made reputation for himself as a player an coach, his immaculate grooming an bearing rendering him a striking figure described by R. T. Brittenden as having 'the urbanity of Herbert Sutcliffe and the anitm grace of Keith Miller'. His smooth dark hair tumbled as he bowled fast-medium with a easy action, and his fielding was worlc class. In his first four matches for Wellington he took a startling tally of 3 wickets, and, with runs flowing from a cultured bat, he became probably the finest allrounder New Zealand fielded between the wars. In 1927 he was chosen for the tour of England, but the authorities then had rethink and left him out because all their players were to have a life expectancy of a further 10 years at top level. Those gentlemen would have been surprised to see Badcock still bowling well at Lord's in 1945: when he took 6 for 69 off 40 overs for New Zealand against A Lord's XI. He was the almost 47. Having taken 8 for 105 in 52 overs for Wellington against the 1927-2 Australians, he won his first Test cap two years later when New Zealand became Test nation at Christchurch. He took 2 for 29, was one of Maurice Allom's four victims in five balls, and completed a pair. He took five wickets in the second Test, Wellington, and was dropped after the rair ruined third Test at Auckland. In 1931-32, by which time he had moved to Otago, Badcock played in the two Tests against the touring South Africans, scoring 64 Christchurch and 53 at Wellington. Both matches were lost. A year later came England ... and Walter Hammond, who was bowled by Badcock for 227 in the final Test, at Christchurch (where he had Sutcliffe caught behind first ball of the match), and scored 336 not out in the second, at Auckland, where Badcock toiled through 59 overs to come away with 2 for 126 (Ames and Allen). His Test career in seven matches was thus modest. But his aggressive batting continued to develop, and twice he recorded a century before lunch for Otago v Canterbury. Later he coached in Sri Lanka; and when New Zealand sides passed through Perth, where he eventually settled, he was not only there to greet them, but bowled to them in the nets -- perfectly attired, of course.
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