Jack Richards

Country: England
Born: August 10, 1958, Penzance, Cornwall
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Jack Richards Bio

Clifton James Richards, also known as Clif Richards, is an English cricket player hailing from Cornwall, England. With his exceptional wicketkeeping skills and middle-order batting prowess, Richards quickly became a prominent name in English cricket.

Born in Cornwall, Richards developed his cricketing skills in Penzance, where he was introduced to the sport at a young age. His determination and natural talent propelled him to excel in the game, catching the attention of selectors at various levels of cricket.

Richards made his first appearance for the England cricket team during the tour of India and Sri Lanka in 1981-82. Serving as Bob Taylor’s understudy, he showcased his ability to seamlessly take over wicketkeeping duties. This outing laid the foundation for a promising career ahead.

In the summer of 1986, Richards had a stellar season, amassing over 1000 runs and solidifying his place as a key player in the English squad. As a reward for his consistent performances, he represented England in two One Day Internationals against New Zealand.

Richards’ inclusion in the squad for the 1986-87 Ashes tour to Australia was a turning point in his career. Although initially intended as Bruce French’s backup, circumstances led him to make his Test debut in Brisbane. In a team plagued by a lack of runs, Richards proved his mettle, securing his spot as the primary wicketkeeper. During the series, he left a lasting impact with a magnificent innings of 133 in Perth, accumulating an impressive total of 264 runs at an average of 37.71.

Unfortunately, Richards faced a downturn in form towards the end of the Ashes tour, ultimately losing his Test position to French. He continued his role as the backup wicketkeeper during England’s tour of New Zealand in the winter of 1987, and made a few appearances against the West Indies the following summer. However, his performances did not live up to expectations, resulting in limited success.

Despite a record-breaking benefit at Surrey, Richards faced internal conflicts and was released from the club at the conclusion of the 1988 season. Despite being just 30 years old at the time, he struggled to secure a contract with another county team and ultimately made the decision to retire from professional cricket.

Post-retirement, Richards embarked on a new chapter of his life. He relocated to Belgium with his Dutch wife, where they established a thriving business in neighboring Holland. Although his cricketing career ended prematurely, his dedication and passion for the sport still live on.

Clifton James Richards’ contribution to English cricket, particularly during the memorable 1986-87 Ashes tour, will always be remembered. His skills as a wicketkeeper and his ability to score crucial runs in the middle-order solidified his place as an England contender. Despite the setbacks he faced later in his career, his journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers worldwide.

Jack Richards Career Stats

Jack Richards Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 8 13 0 285 133 21.92 750 38 1 0 29 0 20 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 22 16 3 154 50 11.84 264 58.33 0 1 7 0 16 1
FC 286 371 87 8012 172* 28.21 - - 8 37 - - 604 72
List A 264 193 46 2917 113 19.84 - - 3 9 - - 199 52
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Jack Richards Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 22 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 286 - 282 224 5 2/42 - 44.8 4.76 56.4 - 0 0
List A 264 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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