Alan Kippax

KIPPAX, ALAN FALCONER, who died in Sydney on September 5, aged 75, was a brilliant and prolific batsman for New South Wales. During nearly 20 years in first-class cricket, he took part in 22 Test matches for Australia between 1924 and 1934, 13 of them against England, hitting 1,192 runs, average 36.12. He toured England under W. M. Woodfull in 1930 and 1934. The first of his two Test centuries was 100 against A. P. F. Chapman's England team of 1928-29; the other was 146 against South Africa at Adelaide in 1930-31.

A man of personal charm, he was a cultured stroke-player whose graceful style was regarded by many judges of long memory as being the nearest approach to that of Victor Trumper. For New South Wales, whom he captained for some years following the retirement of H. L. Collins, he scored 6,096 runs at an average of 70.88, his highest innings being 315 not out off the Queensland bowling at Sydney in 1927-28. In the following Australian season he (260 not out) and J. E. H. Hooker (62) set up a world's record for the tenth wicket which still stands by adding 307 in five hours for New South Wales against Victoria. Of those runs, Kippax obtained 240.

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