Tom Kendall

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Tom Kendall
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Personal information
Born(1851-08-24)24 August 1851
Bedford, England
Died17 August 1924(1924-08-17) (aged 72)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
BowlingLeft-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  9)15 March 1877 v  England
Last Test31 March 1877 v  England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Runs scored39141
Batting average 13.0012.81
Top score17* 43
Balls bowled5632,129
Wickets 1440
Bowling average 15.3516.64
5 wickets in innings 13
10 wickets in match00
Best bowling7/557/24
Catches/stumpings 2/–6/–
Source: CricInfo, 12 December 2018

Thomas Kingston Kendall (24 August 1851 – 17 August 1924 [1] ) was an Australian cricketer, who played in two Test matches in 1877, including the inaugural Test which was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1877.

Kendall was a lower-order left-handed batsman and a slow-to-medium pace left-arm bowler. His 14 wickets in the first two Tests show his ability and indeed Kendall's 7/55 in the last innings of the first-ever Test [2] was an important part of the 45-run victory over the England side led by James Lillywhite. It was Kendall's bowling that induced the first Test match stumping, when he dismissed Alfred Shaw, via Jack Blackham's wicketkeeping. [3] Both he and Shaw took eight wickets in the inaugural Test, but as Australia batted first Shaw took his first, but Kendall overtook this in the Second Test and his 14 Test wickets remained a (retrospective) record until passed by Fred Spofforth. It is not clear why he was omitted from the subsequent Australian team to tour England in 1878, a tour he was available for: he took part in some preliminary matches before the team was selected, although, according to Spofforth, Kendall gained a considerable amount of weight, which may have worked against him. [4]

Kendall played in Melbourne club cricket for Richmond, and represented Victoria once. In 1881, he moved to Hobart where he was employed as a compositor by The Mercury newspaper. [5] Tasmania did not have regular first-class cricket at that point and his subsequent cricket career was limited to four matches on a tour to New Zealand in 1884 and one against Victoria in 1889. He later stood as an umpire in Tasmanian cricket.

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  1. "Mr. Thomas Kendall". The Mercury . Vol. CXXI, no. 14, 734. Tasmania, Australia. 18 August 1924. p. 6. Retrieved 1 August 2021 via National Library of Australia.
  2. "1st Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  3. Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 191. ISBN   978-1-84607-880-4.
  4. Mahony, p. 52.
  5. "The Late Tom Kendall". The Advocate (Australia) . Tasmania, Australia. 5 July 1934. p. 3. Retrieved 1 August 2021 via National Library of Australia.


Preceded by World Record – Most Career Wickets in Test cricket
14 wickets (15.35) in 2 Tests
Held record 31 March 1877 to 4 January 1879
Succeeded by