Albert Knight

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Albert Knight
Personal information
Full name Albert Ernest Knight
Born (1872-10-08)8 October 1872
Leicester, England
Died 25 April 1946(1946-04-25) (aged 73)
Edmonton, Middlesex, England
Batting style Right-handed
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 141) 1 January 1904 v Australia
Last Test 8 March 1904 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1895–1912 Leicestershire
1903–1904 London County
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 3 391
Runs scored 81 19,357
Batting average 16.20 29.24
100s/50s 0/1 34/91
Top score 70 not out 229 not out
Balls bowled 0 156
Wickets 4
Bowling average 29.25
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/34
Catches/stumpings 1/– 133/–
Source: Cricinfo, 30 September 2009

Albert Ernest Knight (8 October 1872 in Leicester – 25 April 1946 in Edmonton, Middlesex) was an English professional cricket player. He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys.

From 1895 until 1912 he played for Leicestershire as a somewhat dour batsman in a generally weak team. He represented England in three matches of the 1903-04 Ashes series against Australia, with a highest score of 70 not out at Sydney.

A. A. Thomson saw his innings of 147 against Yorkshire at Sheffield when Leicestershire were following-on, made in his final season of 1912. He wrote: "His batting was unencumbered by frills, but strong and solid, attuned to the difficulties of the situation. Albert was a man of admirable character and a Methodist local preacher."[1]

His most important contribution to the game was a book, The Complete Cricketer, published in 1906. Sir Derek Birley, in his A Social History of English Cricket, described it as "a masterpiece of its kind, stuffed full of learned observations in weighty prose". Wisden called it "grandiose in style, containing much startling metaphor".

After retirement, Knight was cricket coach at Highgate School.


  1. ^ A.A. Thomson. Cricketers of My Times, Stanley Paul, 1967, p197.

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