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Douglas Carr
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Douglas Carr

England
Douglas Carr

INTL CAREER: 1909 - 1909

Full Name

Douglas Ward Carr

Born

March 17, 1872, Cranbrook, Kent

Died

March 23, 1950, Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon, (aged 78y 6d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak googly

Education

Sutton Valence; Brasenose College, Oxford

TEAMS

Douglas Carr's brief career was one of cricket's more remarkable stories. He played as a right-arm medium-pace bowler at Oxford - a football-related knee injury meant he didn't make any first-class appearances - and thereafter meandered his way through very average club cricket around Maidstone. In 1908 he decided to experiment with the fairly new googly, and the following May he made such an impact in club games that Kent offered him a trial - he was by then 37. He took 5 for 65 against his old University on debut, and followed with eight wickets for Players against Gentlemen. His success brought him an England call-up, and in the final Test at The Oval against Australia he took 7 for 282. He took 60 wickets the following season as Kent won the title, and his career ended with the outbreak of the war in 1914.

Named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year in 1910, he said: ""I was always a legbreak bowler of sorts, but often used to bowl medium-fast stuff. I started trying to acquire the 'googly' about four years ago, and practised hard all that winter and the following spring, only to find that directly I had got the offspin I lost the old legbreak entirely - in fact for that season I hardly made the ball turn at all either way. In the following year I got a bit better, and in August 1908 I really got the thing going, and met with some success in club cricket. I am quite certain of one thing, and that is that in a very short time everybody will be quite able to distinguish between the two breaks."
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test110000.00000000
FC586818447488.9400190
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1241428275/1467/28240.284.0859.10010
FC581071855853348/3616.7232.00318
Douglas Carr in 1909
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1909 - 1914

Photos


Douglas Carr in posed bowling shot 1910
Douglas Carr in 1909