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Jim Parks
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Jim Parks

England
Jim Parks

INTL CAREER: 1954 - 1968

Full Name

James Michael Parks

Born

October 21, 1931, Haywards Heath, Sussex

Age

89y 246d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

relations

(father),

(son),

(uncle)

TEAMS

Jim Parks was a multitalented cricketer, initially as a batsman and in latter years as an outstanding batsman-wicketkeeper. His father, also Jim, had been a Sussex stalwart between the wars and had played once for England, but young Jim soon established himself in his own right.

He made his debut in 1949 as a batsman who could also bowl decent offspin and was also an outstanding fielder. His Test debut in 1954 was as a specialist batsman but it was only when he took up wicketkeeping that his international career took off. That he did so was through necessity as Sussex were in need of a keeper and Parks volunteered; he was a natural. Within 18 months he had been recalled by England and he remained a mainstay of the side for much of the 1960s.

Parks captained Sussex in 1967 and 1968, making the third of his four Lord's final appearances in the second season, and at the end of 1972 he left Hove and joined Somerset on a three-year contract.

He later worked for Whitbread and as a marketing manager for Sussex. He also managed the Old England cricket team for several years. In 2013 he was elected President of Sussex.
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test466871962108*32.16291510311
FC739122717236673205*34.7651213108794
List A132123152832102*26.221131137
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test462545111/431/4351.005.6654.00000
FC73938372235513/2343.8275.2000
List A132000-----000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1949 - 1976
List A Matches
Span
1963 - 1975

Photos


Jim Parks, the Sussex president and former England keeper-batsman, attends Australia's tour game
Jim Parks
Jim Parks
Jim Parks dives to catch Graeme Pollock off John Price
Bill Lawry is run out as Jim Parks breaks the stumps
Jim Parks batting in 1964