Brian Statham

Country: England
Born: June 17, 1930, Gorton, Manchester, Lancashire
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler
Died: June 10, 2000, Stockport, Cheshire, (aged 69y 359d)

Brian Statham Bio

John Brian Statham, CBE, was an esteemed cricket player hailing from Gorton, Manchester. Born on August 17, 1930, Statham would go on to become one of the finest fast bowlers to ever emerge from England. Known for his accuracy and skill, Statham was widely regarded as one of the best-liked players in the sport.

Growing up in a cricketing family, Statham was exposed to the sport from an early age. With three brothers who played in local leagues, Statham’s passion for cricket was nurtured from a young age. However, despite his talent, Lancashire initially overlooked him. It was during his time in the Royal Air Force that his corporal, impressed by his skills, recommended him to MCC. Soon after, Statham was invited to do a trial and was subsequently offered a place on the Old Trafford ground staff.

Making his debut for MCC in May 1950, Statham’s reputation on the cricket field grew swiftly. However, it was during the Roses match at Old Trafford in August of that same year that he truly announced his arrival. Shocking the crowd by falling over in his run-up but quickly recovering, Statham proceeded to dismantle the opposition’s batting line-up with a spell that was described as “bordering on the sensational.”

His stellar performances for Lancashire caught the attention of the England selectors, and he made his international debut in 1951. Despite occasional appearances for England over the next few years, Statham continued to improve and become a genuine fast bowler. He proved his mettle during England’s West Indies tour in 1953-54, where he played a crucial role in turning the series in England’s favor with a devastating new-ball spell.

The peak of Statham’s career arrived in the following years, during which he cemented his status as England’s leading bowler. On the Australia tour in 1954-55, Statham’s contributions were pivotal to England’s Ashes victories, working tirelessly despite often bowling into the wind. He played an unforgettable innings at Lord’s in 1955, where he bowled unchanged in the second innings and led England to a remarkable victory.

Statham’s impact on the field was matched by his easy-going personality off it. He was universally liked and earned the nickname “George” from his teammates. His selflessness and ability to hold the Lancashire team together during challenging times endeared him to all. Statham led the team as captain for three years and finished his career as Lancashire’s leading wicket-taker with 2,260 wickets in all first-class cricket.

After retirement, Statham faced difficulties in his personal life and financial struggles. However, his legacy as both an exceptional sportsman and an amicable individual endured. Statham’s skill, accuracy, and easy-going temperament made him a figure of admiration and affection among both his peers and fans.

On June 10, 2000, Statham tragically passed away at the age of 69 due to leukaemia. His contributions to the sport continue to be celebrated, and he remains an enduring symbol of excellence in cricket.

Brian Statham Career Stats

Brian Statham Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 70 87 28 675 38 11.44 - - 0 0 - 5 28 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 559 647 145 5424 62 10.8 - - 0 5 - - 230 0
List A 15 11 6 72 36 14.4 - - 0 0 - - 4 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Brian Statham Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 70 129 16056 6261 252 7/39 11/97 24.84 2.33 63.7 9 9 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 559 - 100955 36999 2260 8/34 - 16.37 2.19 44.6 - 123 11
List A 15 - 991 464 22 5/28 5/28 21.09 2.8 45 0 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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