Trevor Bailey

Country: England
Born: December 03, 1923, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Died: February 10, 2011, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, (aged 87y 69d)

Trevor Bailey Bio

Trevor Edward Bailey, better known as Trevor Bailey, was an English cricket player born on December 3, 1923, in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. He was widely regarded as one of the toughest opponents on the cricket field, excelling as a fast-medium bowler, outstanding fielder, and solid, if not exciting, batsman.

Bailey’s cricketing prowess was evident from a young age. As a promising schoolboy cricketer at Dulwich, he caught the attention of the selectors and earned his first cap for England at Lord’s in 1944. However, his cricketing career was temporarily interrupted by national service obligations.

After completing his duties, Bailey joined the Essex side and quickly established himself as a key player. He also donned the famous Blues of Cambridge University in 1947 and 1948, further signaling his talent and dedication to the sport.

Bailey made his Test debut for England in 1949 and went on to become an integral part of the team during the 1950s when England rose to become the leading side in the world. Known for thriving in difficult situations, he played a pivotal role in England’s Ashes victory in 1953. With his resolute defense, he batted for four-and-a-half hours in a crucial last-day stand at Lord’s and bowled negative leg theory at Headingley, thwarting Australia’s push for victory. That same winter, he produced a remarkable performance against a powerful West Indies, taking 7 for 34.

Bailey’s international career came to an end after England’s disappointing Ashes series in 1958-59, which also witnessed his slowest half-century, taking an astounding 357 minutes to compile at Brisbane. Throughout his career, he opened in 14 matches, showcasing his enduring patience and resilience.

For many years, Bailey’s association with Essex cricket was profound. He served as the club secretary from 1955 to 1967 and captained the team from 1961 to 1966. Bailey’s impact was felt in both batting and bowling departments, surpassing 1000 runs 18 times and taking 100 wickets on nine occasions. He achieved the coveted double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets eight times, the most for any post-war player, a record shared with Fred Titmus.

Bailey’s sporting talents weren’t limited to cricket alone. He also excelled in football and was a skilled player for Walthamstow Avenue, winning a Blue and an FA Amateur Cup medal. After retiring from cricket, Bailey explored his passion for writing. He authored books and contributed to newspapers, showcasing his deep insights and love for the game. Moreover, he became a beloved member of the Test Match Special team on the BBC, providing expert commentary and analysis.

Trevor Bailey’s legacy in English cricket is one of unwavering determination and resilience. His relentless performances, especially in challenging circumstances, have earned him a place among the finest all-rounders of his time. Bailey’s contributions as a player, captain, and commentator will forever be cherished in the annals of cricket history.

Trevor Bailey Career Stats

Trevor Bailey Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 61 91 14 2290 134* 29.74 - - 1 10 - 2 32 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 682 1072 215 28641 205 33.42 - - 28 150 - - 426 0
List A 7 7 1 93 38 15.5 - - 0 0 - - 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Trevor Bailey Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 61 95 9712 3856 132 7/34 11/98 29.21 2.38 73.5 5 5 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 682 - 116659 48170 2082 10/90 - 23.13 2.47 56 - 110 13
List A 7 - 504 290 11 4/37 4/37 26.36 3.45 45.8 2 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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