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Arthur Shrewsbury
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Arthur Shrewsbury

England
Arthur Shrewsbury

INTL CAREER: 1881 - 1893

Full Name

Arthur Shrewsbury

Born

April 11, 1856, New Lenton, Nottinghamshire

Died

May 19, 1903, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, (aged 47y 38d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm bowler

relations

(brother),

(nephew)

TEAMS

For almost a decade starting in the late 1880s Arthur Shrewsbury was arguably the finest batsman in the world. WG Grace, his main rival for that accolade, was once asked who he'd most like to have in his side, and said simply: "Give me Arthur." With a game built around an impregnable defence based on his pads, Shrewsbury was a magnificent runmaker especially on bad or so-called sticky wickets, scoring many of his greatest hundreds on pitches his partners found impossible to master. The best-known of these knocks came against Australia at Lord's in 1886, when he scored a masterly 164 against the might of Fred Spofforth, on a pitch deemed "impossible" by his peers. Seven years later he repeated the feat, with a well-made 106 - again at Lord's against Australia - in equally trying conditions, on a sticky wicket against Charles "The Terror" Turner. Even in 1902, his final season, by which time he was 47, Shrewsbury managed to top the first-class averages (1250 runs at 50), as he had done half-a-dozen times in his heyday. Sadly, though, he shot himself the following year after a bout of depression. A quiet, humble man, his passing was mourned all over the cricket-playing world - but especially in Nottinghamshire, the county which he served grandly for nearly three decades.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test23404127716435.47340290
FC498813902650526736.65591143770
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test2311220---0.66-000
FC4981620----000
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