Charlie Turner

Country: Australia
Born: November 16, 1862, Bathurst, New South Wales
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast
Died: January 01, 1944, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, (aged 81y 46d)

Charlie Turner Bio

Charles Thomas Biass “Charlie” Turner was a renowned Australian cricketer who is considered one of the best bowlers produced by his country. Born on July 16, 1862, in Bathurst, New South Wales, Turner’s impressive career in cricket spanned from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

Turner rose to prominence during his first visit to England in 1888 as a member of the Australian team captained by P. S. McDonnell. Alongside his fellow bowler J. J. Ferris, Turner dominated every match they played, leaving a lasting impact on the cricket world. In that season alone, Turner took 314 wickets at an average of 11.12 runs each, while Ferris claimed 224 wickets at an average of 14.10 runs. These outstanding performances cemented their place among the bowling greats of the era.

Known for his smooth, rhythmic run-up and a beautiful right-arm action, Turner possessed a medium-paced bowling style that made him particularly effective. With his off-break and the ability to vary his pace, he could consistently turn the ball from leg, deliver a fast yorker, and generate quick lift from the pitch. Turner’s bowling prowess was widely acknowledged, and he was hailed as one of the best medium-paced bowlers of his time.

Turner’s exceptional skills were evident from the beginning of his career. In his first Test match against Arthur Shrewsbury’s team in 1886-87, Turner dismissed six batsmen for just 15 runs, resulting in England’s lowest ever total against Australia (45 runs). Turner continued to excel in subsequent matches, claiming numerous wickets and impressing both teammates and opponents alike.

During his successful career, Turner achieved several significant milestones. In 1887-88, he became the first and only bowler to take 100 wickets in a single season of first-class cricket in Australia. He also holds the distinction of being the only Australian bowler to take over 100 wickets in Test matches in England.

In total, Turner played 17 Test matches against England and took 101 wickets at an average of 16.53 runs. His average surpasses that of other renowned Australian bowlers such as Robert Peel and Hugh Trumble. In all first-class matches, Turner claimed an impressive 1,061 wickets at an average of 13 runs.

After retiring from cricket, Turner moved to Queensland in 1897, where he pursued various business ventures. He enjoyed a successful career in banking before establishing himself in other business ventures.

On January 1, 1944, Charles Thomas Biass Turner passed away in Sydney at the age of 81. His contribution to Australian cricket and his legacy as one of the finest bowlers in the history of the sport remain etched in the annals of the game. Turner’s remarkable skill, dedication, and sportsmanship continue to inspire cricketers to this day.

Charlie Turner Career Stats

Charlie Turner Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 17 32 4 323 29 11.53 - - 0 0 - 0 8 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 155 261 13 3856 103 15.54 - - 2 11 - - 85 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Charlie Turner Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 17 30 5179 1670 101 7/43 12/87 16.53 1.93 51.2 3 11 2
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 155 - 41808 14152 993 9/15 - 14.25 2.03 42.1 - 102 35
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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