Jim Parks

Country: England
Born: October 21, 1931, Haywards Heath, Sussex
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter
Died: May 31, 2022, Sussex, (aged 90y 222d)

Jim Parks Bio

James Michael Parks, popularly known as Jim Parks, was an accomplished cricketer hailing from England. Born into a cricketing family, his father, also named Jim Parks, had played for Sussex and had earned a solitary cap for the national team. However, young Jim was determined to forge his own path and establish himself as a formidable cricketer.

Parks made his debut in 1949 as a versatile player, showcasing his skills as a batsman and a decent offspin bowler. Alongside his batting prowess, he possessed exceptional fielding abilities, cementing his position as a valuable asset to any team. Although initially introduced to the international arena as a specialist batsman in 1954, it was his transition to wicketkeeping that propelled his career forward. In response to Sussex’s desperate need for a keeper, Parks selflessly volunteered, quickly proving himself to be a natural fit for the position. Consequently, within a short span of 18 months, he was called back to represent England, becoming a linchpin of the team throughout much of the 1960s.

In addition to his international commitments, Parks assumed the captaincy of the Sussex county team in 1967 and 1968. His leadership prowess was evident as he led the team to the Lord’s final on four occasions, making his last appearance in the prestigious tournament in his second year as captain. However, after the 1972 season, Parks bid farewell to Hove and embarked on a new chapter in his career by joining Somerset on a three-year contract.

Following his retirement from professional cricket, Parks diversified his interests by working for Whitbread and serving as a marketing manager for Sussex. Additionally, he took on the responsibility of managing the Old England cricket team for several years, showcasing his continued dedication to the sport. In recognition of his remarkable contributions to cricket, he was elected as the President of Sussex in 2013, further solidifying his enduring influence on the game.

Jim Parks leaves behind a legacy that transcends his remarkable on-field achievements. Known for his excellent batting skills, his adaptability as a wicketkeeper, and his astute leadership abilities, Parks continues to be revered as one of England’s most respected cricketers. His commitment to the game and his unwavering passion for cricket have inspired countless aspiring players and left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

Jim Parks Career Stats

Jim Parks Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 46 68 7 1962 108* 32.16 - - 2 9 - 15 103 11
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 739 1227 172 36673 205* 34.76 - - 51 213 - - 1087 94
List A 132 123 15 2832 102* 26.22 - - 1 13 - - 113 7
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Jim Parks Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 46 2 54 51 1 1/43 1/43 51 5.66 54 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 739 - 3837 2235 51 3/23 - 43.82 3.49 75.2 - 0 0
List A 132 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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