John Selby (cricketer)

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John Selby
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Selby in 1876
Personal information
Born(1849-07-01)1 July 1849
Nottingham, England
Died11 March 1894(1894-03-11) (aged 44)
Nottingham, England
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut15 March 1877 v  Australia
Last Test14 March 1882 v  Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Runs scored2566,215
Batting average 23.2718.83
Top score70128*
Balls bowled436
Wickets 5
Bowling average 37.60
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match0
Best bowling2/27
Catches/stumpings 1/0228/4
Source: CricInfo, 22 April 2020

John Selby ( né Burrows; 1 July 1849 – 11 March 1894) [1] played cricket professionally for Nottinghamshire between 1870 and 1887, and played six Test matches for England between 1877 and 1882. [2]


Life and career

Selby toured Australia in 1876–77 and 1881–82, playing a total of six Test matches on those tours, and he toured North America in 1879. Selby played in the first Test Match in Melbourne in March 1877, opening the batting and keeping wicket. He was the first England batsman to be dismissed in Test cricket. [3] [4] Batting at number three, he scored 55 and 70 in the First Test of the 1881-82 series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. [5]

In 1878, he headed the English cricket averages with 938 runs at a batting average of 31.82 runs per innings. His highest first-class score was 128 not out for Nottinghamshire against Gloucestershire in 1872. [6]

Selby was a noted sprinter in his younger days, and won several major handicap races. At cricket, when he was not keeping wicket his speed in the outfield made him an excellent fieldsman. [7]

Selby went on to become a pub landlord, but his financial dealings were unsuccessful and led to a run-in with the law. He died after suffering a paralytic stroke in Nottingham General Hospital in 1894. [2] He had a wife, Annie.

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