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Len Hopwood
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Len Hopwood

England
Len Hopwood

INTL CAREER: 1934 - 1934

Full Name

John Leonard Hopwood

Born

October 30, 1903, Newton Hyde, Cheshire

Died

June 15, 1985, Denton, Lancashire, (aged 81y 228d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm medium

TEAMS

A good county slow-left armer, and a more than useful bat with 24 first-class hundreds, Len Hopwood had difficulty establishing himself in the strong Lancashire sides of the 1920s and 30s (debuting in 1923), but became an important member of a strong side. His best year with the bat was 1933, when he made nearly 2000 runs, and he performed the double in 1934 and 1935. He bowled his slow left-arm in a quicker style, somewhat like Verity, and was accurate and economical. His good form earned him Test selection in 1934, against the powerful Australians. Picked as an allrounder, and a foil for Verity, he debuted at Old Trafford. He failed with the bat, and despite bowling 47 overs for only 62 runs failed to take a wicket. He played again in the Fourth Test and had the unfortunate experience of bowling to Bradman at his best. Bradman made 304, Hopwood bowled 30 overs without a wicket, failed with the bat again, and returned to county cricket until the end of his career. EW Swanton wrote of him, "chosen for all-round virtues, he lacked the self-assurance necessary for international cricket, and his bowling was only an accurate shadow of Verity's."
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test2311286.009312.9000000
FC400575551554822029.9027701980
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test234621550---2.01-000
FC40043449151106739/3322.452.0864.5356
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