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Bill Whitty
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Bill Whitty

Australia

INTL CAREER: 1909 - 1912

Full Name

William James Whitty

Born

August 15, 1886, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, New South Wales

Died

January 30, 1974, Tantanoola, South Australia, (aged 87y 168d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm fast medium

TEAMS

Wisden obituary
Australia's oldest living Test cricketer, William James Whitty, who died at Tantanoola, South Australia, on January 30, aged 87, was the last survivor of pre-First World War Australian Test players. Bill Whitty was a medium-fast left-hander whose sharp swerve made him something of an Australian version of George Hirst. Although he played 14 Test-taking 65 wickets at 21 apiece-in a first-class career from 1907 to 1926, Whitty never became a familiar name in cricket. Perhaps overshadowed by more glamorous players, he had an extraordinary record of success against the brightest star of his day, Victor Trumper. He bowled against Trumper in five SA v NSW Sheffield Shield matches three times Trumper was not out, and in every one of the other seven innings, Whitty dismissed the great batsman. It was ironic because Whitty had been introduced to big cricket by Trumper himself. Born in Sydney on August 15, 1886, Whitty played only junior cricket but was noticed by Trumper, and recommended for coaching and then to bowl against the State squad. At 21 he played his first match for NSW against Queensland at Sydney, took three wickets, and the following season was recruited by Clem Hill to move to Adelaide. In 1910 he bowled for the first time against Trumper, his hero, and dismissed him for 75 and a `duck'. In succeeding meetings he got Trumper for 47 and 37, then Trumper had two brief not-out innings, was dismissed by Whitty for a duck and eleven, made a brilliant 201 not out, and was finally bowled by Whitty for 25. His greatest Test success came in the home series of 1910-11 against South Africa when he took 37 wickets at an average of 17. The second Test at Melbourne saw the South Africans needing only 170 for victory-and Whitty wrecked them with an irresistible 6 for 17 off 16 overs. As well as touring England in 1909 and 1912, Whitty visited New Zealand and the U.S., Canada and Bermuda with Australian teams. He finished with 475 wickets in first-class cricket, continued playing in south-east South Australia after his retirement, and as a golf enthusiast at one stage played off scratch.
The Cricketer, May 1974

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test1419716139*13.4100040
FC1191714414658111.5301350
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test142533571373656/179/9821.122.4551.60730
FC11924948114914918/2723.4050.80264
William James Whitty
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

Photos


A portrait of the Australian team that contested the 1909 Ashes in England