Tim O’Brien

Country: England
Born: November 05, 1861, Dublin, Ireland
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Bowler
Died: December 09, 1948, Ramsey, Isle of Man, (aged 87y 34d)

Tim O’Brien Bio

Timothy Carew O’Brien, a passionate and vibrant cricketer hailing from England, was known for his explosive playing style and colorful personality. Born in England, O’Brien developed a love for cricket at a young age and honed his skills at Kensington Park, where his impressive performances caught the attention of Middlesex. While he didn’t achieve significant success during his trial with Middlesex, O’Brien was determined to further his career.

O’Brien’s ambition led him to pursue higher education at Oxford with the sole intention of securing a coveted Blue, a symbol of excellence in cricket. However, his debut University match proved to be a mixture of triumph and disappointment, as he recorded a pair. Undeterred, O’Brien remained steadfast in his pursuit of success on the pitch.

Renowned for his attacking batting style, O’Brien firmly believed that bowlers should be aggressively confronted. His approach yielded remarkable results, and in 1884, he stunned the cricket world by blasting an astonishing 92 runs, contributing significantly to Oxford’s historic victory over the Australians. This remarkable performance earned him his first Test appearance that same summer, marking the beginning of his international career.

O’Brien’s cricketing journey took him on tours to Australia in 1887-88 and South Africa in 1895-96, accompanying prominent teams led by GF Vernon and Lord Hawke, respectively. Although his performances at the highest level were inconsistent, O’Brien thrived as a player for Middlesex, where his dynamic and captivating playstyle found a perfect fit.

The pinnacle of O’Brien’s career occurred in 1889 when he played a crucial role in Middlesex’s awe-inspiring triumph over Yorkshire. During this match, he unleashed his true potential, scoring 92 and an unbeaten 100 runs, with the last 83 coming in a breathtaking 35 minutes.

Even in his final first-class outing at the age of 52, O’Brien displayed his remarkable skill and determination. He smashed 90 and 111 runs against Oxford, leaving an indelible mark on the game. His dedication to the sport can be seen in his long and illustrious career that spanned over 12 years, during which he made a total of five Test appearances.

Off the field, O’Brien entrusted his love and devotion not only to cricket but also to his family. He fathered ten children, emphasizing the importance of balancing his personal and professional life. O’Brien’s commitment to the sport was evident until the very end, as he continued to compete in a home Test against Australia until the age of 87. Remarkably, O’Brien held the record as the oldest England cricketer to have played in a home Test against Australia upon his passing.

Timothy Carew O’Brien’s legacy goes beyond his cricketing prowess. His vibrant personality, attacking style of play, and unwavering commitment to the game continue to inspire aspiring cricketers today. O’Brien’s name will forever be etched in the annals of cricket history, as he remains a celebrated figure in English cricket.

Tim O’Brien Career Stats

Tim O’Brien Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 8 0 59 20 7.37 - - 0 0 - 0 4 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 266 452 30 11397 202 27 - - 15 58 - - 173 2
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Tim O’Brien Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 266 - 484 340 4 1/10 - 85 4.21 121 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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