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John Childs
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John Childs

England
John Childs

INTL CAREER: 1988 - 1988

Full Name

John Henry Childs

Born

August 15, 1951, Lipson, Plymouth, Devon

Age

69y 250d

Nicknames

Charlie

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Height

6ft

Education

Audley Park Secondary Modern

Other

Coach

TEAMS

In 1988 John Childs became England's oldest debutant for 41 years when, aged 36 years and 320 days, he made his debut against West Indies. An orthodox left-arm spinner, Childs came late into first-class cricket, and despite being at Gloucestershire for ten seasons, he never really made an impression and was released at the end of 1984. He wrote to 15 counties asking for work, but it was Essex who took him on in 1985. That summer he took five wickets at 105, but instead of being released - as he expected - he was sent to lord's to work on his action with Fred Titmus and Don Wilson. In 1986, with a quicker approach to the crease and a flatter trajectory, he took 89 wickets at 15 and was a key reason Essex won the Championship, and was also named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. Two Tests were his reward in 1988, but it was the summer in which England used four captains and were demolished by West Indies. Childs was named in the party for that winter's Indian trip, but the tour was cancelled and he was not picked again, although he was named in the England XII at Headingley in 1992. Aged 40, that season he took 64 wickets as Essex again won the Championship. He carried on playing first-class cricket well into his forties and then moved into a coaching role at Chelmsford.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test24422*-414.87000010
FC3813591731690439.08001160
List A120442717716*10.4100220
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test2351618331/132/9261.002.12172.00000
FC381706673060010289/5629.762.5968.70528
List A12053873649994/154/1536.8554.40200
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1975 - 1996
List A Matches
Span
1975 - 1995

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John Childs
John Childs