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Sir Jack Hobbs

Matches: 41 Balls: 124
Innings: 71 Maidens: 5
Not outs: 4 Runs: 53
Runs: 3636 Wickets: 0
High score: 187 Average: N/A
Average: 54.27 Best: 0-11

Stats shown are from all completed Tests and one-day internationals
SIR JACK HOBBS (1882-1963)
Cambridgeshire, Surrey & England

To find a personification of the ideal cricketer, you need look no further than John Berry Hobbs.

He was a living example of all that was best in the game.

The greatness of his batting lay, according to cricketing savant HS Altham, in its serenity, which was a reflection of the man himself.

From 1905, when he was capped after his second match for Surrey, to his retirement in 1934, Jack Hobbs was Englandís premier batsman.

His mastery of all sorts of bowling on every kind of wicket, his superb temperament and ability to rise to any occasion, made him an inspiration to all who saw him play.

His tally of first-class runs (61,237) and centuries (197) is likely to remain a record for all time.

Whether opening the batting with Tom Hayward and Andrew Sandham for Surrey or Wilfred Rhodes, Herbert Sutcliffe and others for England, Hobbs captured attention in an undemonstrative way.

Sighting the ball early he moved into the stroke of his choice with an ease and poise that was entirely free of tension.

He relished the challenge of a difficult wicket where his control of defensive back play was more evident, but still coloured by a variety of beautiful attacking strokes.

In technique, he bridged the old-fashioned classical style with the more modern less aesthetically pleasing and so-called sophisticated way of playing.

He was also a magnificent cover-fielder who, by his deceptively casual movement, lured many an unwary batsman into attempting a run they would soon regret.

Of his 61 Test Matches, 41 were played against Australia; 18 against South Africa and two against West Indies.

He toured Australia five times (1907-08; 1911-12; 1920-21; 1924-25; 1928-29) and took part in five home series against the Aussies as well (1909; 1912; 1921 - briefly because of injury and illness; 1926; 1930).

He scored 12 hundreds and 15 fifties in Test matches v Australia, an aggregate of 3,636 runs at an average of 54.26.

His highest score against the old enemy was 187 in the third Test at Adelaide during the 1911-12 tour. The highest score of his career was 316 not out for Surrey v Middlesex at Lordís in 1926.

It has been said of Hobbs, who earned the sobriquet, ĎThe Masterí, that he was the most complete English batsman of all time; natural, intuitive and born for his vocation. He was knighted in 1953.

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