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Alan Ward
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Alan Ward

England
Alan Ward

INTL CAREER: 1969 - 1976

Full Name

Alan Ward

Born

August 10, 1947, Dronfield, Derbyshire

Age

73y 277d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

TEAMS

The career of fast bowler Alan Ward promised much but ended in disappointment and injury. He was genuinely fast, but his awkward action and fragile body too often let him down, and he wasn't helped by having to ply the bulk of his trade on Derbyshire's featherbeds. When England went to Australia in 1970-71, captain Ray Illingworth trumpeted his opening attack of Ward and John Snow. But while Snow thrived in the limelight, taking 31 wickets to win the series, Ward shrank from it - even before his tour was wrecked by injury. He hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in 1973 when he was sent from the field by his captain for refusing to bowl in a Sunday League game, and in 1976 he was left Derbyshire under a cloud. That summer also saw his fifth and final Test, recalled to add some fire to the England side against the rampaging West Indies, he took four wickets and won a standing ovation for a last-day duck which held West Indies at bay for almost an hour. He joined Leicestershire in 1976 but had two largely unproductive seasons with them.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test56140218.009343.01007030
FC16315747928448.4300510
List A118601925921*6.3100230
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test59761453144/614/7532.353.5754.30100
FC16321905104954607/4222.8147.60154
List A118562834711426/246/2424.4439.60320
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1966 - 1978
List A Matches
Span
1966 - 1977

Photos


Alan Ward
Alan Ward in full flow
England XI for the opening Test against Rest of the World 1970