|Full name||John James Warr|
16 July 1927 |
Ealing, Middlesex, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
Life and career
Born at Ealing, Middlesex, England, Warr played for Middlesex as a right-arm fast-medium bowler, in 260 first-class matches between 1949 and 1960. He took 703 wickets for the county at an average of 20.75, with a personal best of 9 for 65. He captained the county in 1959 and 1960. After taking 87 wickets in the 1950 season, which ranked him 32nd on the list of wicket-takers in the first-class season. Warr was selected for the 1950–51 Ashes tour. He played in two of the five Test matches, but went wicketless through his three first innings, and in the fourth he took the wicket of Australia's number seven, Ian Johnson, caught behind. In those four innings, he conceded 281 runs, and as of 2013[update] his bowling average remains the worst of any retired England Test player. According to the 1952 Wisden Cricketer's Almanack Warr "tried hard and cheerfully, but he could not be regarded as Test class."
John in fact in these two Tests took one for 281, which caused a few of us thereafter childishly to hum in his presence the Ancient and Modern Hymn number 281, 'Lead us Heavenly Father, lead us', with emphasis on the lines "Lone and Dreary, Faint and Weary, Through the Desert thou did'st go." In fact, of course, it was J.J. Warr's prime virtue was that he never seemed either faint or weary, on the field or off. Laughter was seldom far away when he was about... – E.W. Swanton
- Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 184. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
- First-class Bowling in England for 1950 (Ordered by Wickets), from CricketArchive, retrieved 6 September 2006
- Career Bowling for England in Test Matches (Ordered by Average) from CricketArchive, retrieved 6 September 2006
- Wisden – 1952 – M.C.C. team in Australia and New Zealand, 1950–51, from Cricinfo, retrieved 6 September 2006
- p82, Swanton, E.W., Swanton in Australia with MCC 1946–1975, Fontana/Collins, 1975
|Middlesex County Cricket Captain