John Charles Hill
June 25, 1923, Murrumbeena, Melbourne, Victoria
August 11, 1974, Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, (aged 51y 47d)
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Jack Hill, 51, who died in Melbourne on August 11, was a topspin bowler who took seven wickets in two Tests at Trent Bridge and Old Trafford in 1953. They included leading batsmen in May, Graveney, W. J. Edrich and Kenyon and he twice dislodged Bailey. Hill took 63 wickets on the tour and in a third Test in 1955 dismissed Holt at Bridgetown. Lifting his front foot high, almost a goose- step, Hill delivered with a leg-break roll, but needed responsive turf for the ball to turn at his pace. Often around the leg stump, he was a difficult bowler for wicketkeepers and one sharp blow on an ankle knocked Len Maddocks' legs from under him.
From Ballarat he moved to Melbourne CC, then transferred to St. Kilda. After three years in the RAAF he first played for Victoria in 1946 but was not chosen regularly until Jack Iverson retired. After having his skull fractured twice
as a St. Kilda footballer, Hill gave up football in 1949 and often took powders to relieve headaches while playing cricket. He had 15 games for Victoria before selection to tour England soon after taking 7 for 51 against South Australia. Hill took 121 wickets for Victoria. He was a civil servant.
The Cricketer, October 1974
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