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Jack Blackham
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Jack Blackham

Australia
Jack Blackham

INTL CAREER: 1877 - 1894

Full Name

John McCarthy Blackham

Born

May 11, 1854, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria

Died

December 28, 1932, Flinders Lane, Latrobe, Melbourne, Victoria, (aged 78y 232d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

TEAMS

By virtue of his capacities as a wicketkeeper in the very early days of Australian first-class cricket, Jack Blackham is widely reputed to have been one of the finest cricketers that his nation has ever produced. In an era in which the flimsy texture of wicketkeeping gloves provided little protection from the consistent pounding of balls into a wearer's hands, Blackham displayed extraordinary skill and it is said that he rarely failed to seize an opportunity to effect a dismissal in his position behind the wicket. He was so competent that he was regarded as Australia's first choice wicketkeeper for a period of no less than 18 years, occupying the role from the time of his country's first ever Test - in 1877. Unlike many of his peers or successors, Blackham was just as happy to stand up to the stumps to pace bowlers as he was to spinners. He was also a stubborn batsman in the lower order, and played many valuable innings. Of these, the 74 that he made against England in Sydney in 1894-85 stands out statistically, for it was both his own highest score and allowed him to join with Syd Gregory in delivering Australia what still remains its all time record Test partnership for the ninth wicket. As a reflection of his considerable ability, Blackham was named by Wisden as one of its Cricketers of the Year in 1891. More recently, he was honoured by being selected as one of the inaugural members of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
John Polack

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test3562118007415.680403724
FC27544261639510916.78126274181
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test35------------
FC27531213821/869.00156.0000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

Photos


The 1878 Australians
The Australian team in England, 1893
The 1893 Australian team to England
The Australian team in England,1888
Jack Blackham
Members of the Australian squad that toured England in 1878