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John Watkins
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John Watkins

Australia

INTL CAREER: 1973 - 1973

Full Name

John Russell Watkins

Born

April 16, 1943, Newcastle, New South Wales

Age

77y 362d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak googly

TEAMS

John Watkins was a legspinner from country New South Wales plucked out of obscurity to play his only Test against Pakistan in 1972-73 after only five first-class appearances in which he had taken 11 wickets at 37.18 - his reputation had been established in grade cricket for Newcastle. He struggled with the ball, but a career-best 36 helped the Aussies set up an unlikely victory. Watkins went on the West Indian tour that followed, but wasn't risked in the Tests, and hardly played at all. Keith Stackpole dubbed him "possibly the luckiest player ever to represent Australia", and recalled how in one of the tour games "he almost hit the square-leg umpire with the widest full-toss I've seen." His always-fragile confidence fractured, Watkins never played first-class cricket again.
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test121393639.0016623.49000010
FC10158703610.0000100
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1148210---3.50-000
FC10726204/7236.2900
John Russell Watkins
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1971/72 - 1972/73