Douglas Jardine

Country: England
Born: October 23, 1900, Malabar Hill, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Died: June 18, 1958, Montreux, Switzerland, (aged 57y 238d)

Douglas Jardine Bio

Douglas Robert Jardine, an esteemed cricket player from England, was born in Bombay and displayed his exceptional talents on the field from a young age. Jardine’s father, an Oxford Blue, undoubtedly played a role in shaping his son’s passion for the sport. Educated at Winchester College, Jardine emerged as a formidable batsman, captaining the school’s cricket team in 1919 and finishing the season with an impressive batting average of 66.46.

Continuing his cricketing journey at New College, Oxford, Jardine received his Blue as a Freshman and represented the university against Cambridge in 1920, 1921, and 1923. Although these matches didn’t result in extraordinary performances from Jardine, he consistently showcased his skills and commitment to the game. Unfortunately, a knee injury prevented him from participating in the 1922 University match.

In 1923, Jardine began playing for Surrey and later assumed the captaincy in 1932 from PGH Fender. During the historic MCC tour of Australia in 1928-29, Jardine played a pivotal role in the team’s success. In the fourth Test, England won by a narrow margin of 12 runs, largely due to Jardine’s exceptional batting contribution of 98, which included a third-wicket partnership of 262 runs with WR Hammond. Furthermore, Jardine’s remarkable feat of scoring three consecutive centuries against Western Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales further solidified his reputation as a highly skilled and consistent batsman.

Four years later, Jardine captained the MCC side in Australia during what would become one of the most controversial tours in cricket history. Although England emerged victorious by winning four out of five Tests, it was their utilization of “body-line” bowling that garnered immense scrutiny and acrimony. Jardine, alongside the Nottinghamshire fast bowlers H. Larwood and W. Voce, employed a tactic of bowling short-pitched balls with a packed leg-side field. This technique, known as leg-theory or body-line, placed the batsmen at a significant disadvantage and resulted in heated exchanges between the Australian Board of Control and the MCC.

While Jardine staunchly defended his tactics, the ensuing controversy ultimately led to the MCC issuing a ruling against the persistent and systematic bowling of fast and short-pitched balls at the batsman standing clear of their wicket. Subsequently, body-line bowling ceased to exist.

In 1933, Jardine once again exhibited his resilience and determination during the second Test match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford. Facing the fast-paced bowling of LN Constantine and EA Martindale, Jardine scored an outstanding century, his first and only one in a Test match. Despite enduring immense physical punishment, Jardine’s unwavering approach to facing hostile pace exemplified his steadfast belief that such attacks could be overcome with determination and skill.

Following his cricketing career, Jardine’s contributions to the game extended beyond the field. He served as the President of the Oxford University Cricket Club from 1955 to 1957 and became the first President of the Association of Cricket Umpires in 1953. Jardine’s unwavering dedication, strong defense, and excellent on-side strokes ensured his place as one of England’s finest captains and amateur batsmen.

Douglas Jardine’s impact on the game of cricket was acknowledged through various tributes from cricketing legends. Sir Pelham Warner considered him a remarkable captain both on and off the field, while Sir Jack Hobbs regarded him as second only to PGH Fender in leadership skills. Jardine’s teammates from the 1932-33 MCC team in Australia praised his fighting spirit and unwavering resolve, solidifying his status as one of England’s greatest captains. Additionally, R Aird acknowledged Jardine’s character and leadership abilities, emphasizing his inspirational batting style that instilled confidence in his teammates.

Douglas Jardine’s contributions and achievements continue to be honored in the cricketing world, reminding us of his legacy as a skilled player and an influential captain.

Douglas Jardine Career Stats

Douglas Jardine Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 22 33 6 1296 127 48 - - 1 10 - 0 26 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 262 378 61 14848 214 46.83 - - 35 72 - - 188 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Douglas Jardine Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 22 1 6 10 0 - - - 10 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 262 - 2582 1493 48 6/28 - 31.1 3.46 53.7 - 1 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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