John Shepherd      

Full name John Neil Shepherd

Born November 9, 1943, Belleplaine, St Andrew, Barbados

Current age 77 years 77 days

Major teams Rhodesia, West Indies, Barbados, Gloucestershire, Kent

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

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John Neil Shepherd
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 8 0 77 32 9.62 0 0 1 4 0
First-class 423 613 106 13359 170 26.34 10 72 292 0
List A 326 266 60 4337 101 21.05 1 13 86 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 8 1445 479 19 5/104 5/104 25.21 1.98 76.0 0 1 0
First-class 423 75327 32068 1157 8/40 27.71 2.55 65.1 54 2
List A 326 15480 9429 436 6/52 6/52 21.62 3.65 35.5 13 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 12-17, 1969 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Apr 13-19, 1971 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1964/65 - 1987
List A span 1964 - 1987

John Shepherd enjoyed a career extending over two decades in which he excelled in domestic cricket in West Indies, England, Australia, South Africa and Rhodesia. A nagging swing bowler and hard-hitting lower-order batsman, Shepherd played the first three of his five Tests against England in 1969, ending the series with 12 wickets at 22.16. He appeared twice more against India in 1970-71 but on the less helpful pitches he was less effective. In 1973 he toured South Africa with DH Robins, and as a result never played in the Caribbean again (he only played one full season there anyway) although he did make two more trips to South Africa as well as playing one season for Rhodesia in the Currie Cup. By then he was already established at Kent, where he played for 15 seasons before in 1982, aged 38, moving to Gloucestershire where he continued to impress for six more years. He also found time to spend two seasons playing Grade cricket for Footscray in Melbourne, and won the Ryder medal for his performances during 1976-77. After eventually retiring, for seven years he was the cricket professional at Eastbourne College in Sussex, and in March 1998 was appointed the Regional Development Officer for the Americas region, based at the West Indies Cricket Board in Antigua.
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Sep 10, 1970

The Kent squad for a County Championship game against Surrey, The Oval. Standing (left to right): L Kilby (masseur), Bob Woolmer, John Shepherd, Alan Brown, Norm Graham, John Dye, Graham Johnson, Asif Iqbal, Colin Page and C Lewis (scorer). Seated: David Nicholls, Alan Knott, Derek Underwood, Mike Denness, Colin Cowdrey, Les Ames (secretary), Stuart Leary, Brian Luckhurst and Alan Ealham, September 10, 1970

The Kent squad for a County Championship game against Surrey, The Oval

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1979