Francis Erskine Allan
December 02, 1849, Allansford, Victoria
February 09, 1917, Flinders Lane, Latrobe, Melbourne, Victoria, (aged 67y 69d)
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Frank Allen was a left-arm medium-pacer who swung and spun the ball so effectively that he had the moniker "Bowler of the Century". He toured England in 1878 where, despite struggling throughout with injury, he took 217 wickets. His solitary Test appearance came at Melbourne in 1878-79 when he took 4 for 80 in support of Fred Spofforth (who took 13 wickets). He had been chosen to play in the first Test in 1876-77 but opted to attend an agricultural show instead. Allen was renowned in other sports as well, especially shooting and angling.
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