Caricature of Allan, 1877
|Full name||Francis Erskine Allan|
2 December 1849|
Allansford, Victoria, Australia
|Died||9 February 1917
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Nickname||The Bowler of a Century|
|Batting style||right-handed batsman (RHB)|
|Bowling style||left arm medium|
In February 1869, Allan made his first-class debut for Victoria in an intercolonial match against New South Wales. Allan and Victorian captain Tom Wills obliterated the New South Wales batsmen with 8/20 in the first innings and 7/44 in the second innings respectively, securing Victoria's 78-run win. Allan's successes in intercolonial cricket earned him the sobriquet "the bowler of a century".
Allan was probably past his best by the time Test cricket arrived but had a reputation as a superb medium pace bowler (though would probably be more regarded as a spin bowler in modern cricket).
On the Australians tour of 1878 to England Allan produced some excellent spells of bowling to take over 200 wickets in all games on the tour. However he was troubled by bouts of sickness from the point of arrival in England as he struggled to adjust to the cold weather.
Allan's only Test came against the touring Lord Harris XI in 1879. He had been selected for the first two Tests two years earlier but had declined selection both times, including preferring to attend the Warrnambool Agricultural Fair with friends than playing in the inaugural Test match. This was reportedly because he - a proud Victorian - objected to the selection of the New South Wales wicketkeeper Billy Murdoch over the Victorian gloveman Jack `Black Jack' Blackham who used to stand up to the stumps when keeping to Frank.
- "New South Wales v Victoria in 1868/69", Cricket Archive. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- Moyes, Alban George. Australian Bowlers from Spofforth to Lindwall. Angus and Robertson, 1953, p. 29
- Knox, p. 5.
- Verbal information passed down from relatives of Frank Allan
- Atkinson, p. 180.
- Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
- Knox, Malcolm (2010). The Captains. Hardie Grant Publishing. ISBN 978-1-74066-956-6.
- Cricinfo page
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