Morice Bird

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Morice Bird
Personal information
Full name Morice Carlos Bird
Born (1888-03-25)25 March 1888
St Michael's Hamlet, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died 9 December 1933(1933-12-09) (aged 45)
Broadstone, Dorset, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relations G Bird (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 164) 1 January 1910 v South Africa
Last Test 3 March 1914 v South Africa
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 10 192
Runs scored 280 6938
Batting average 18.66 23.76
100s/50s -/2 7/34
Top score 61 200
Balls bowled 264 7245
Wickets 8 149
Bowling average 15.00 25.68
5 wickets in innings - 2
10 wickets in match - 1
Best bowling 3/11 5/48
Catches/stumpings 5/- 111/-
Source: [1]

Morice Carlos Bird (25 March 1888, St Michael's Hamlet, Liverpool, Lancashire – 9 December 1933, Broadstone, Dorset) was an English cricketer who played in 10 Tests from 1910 to 1914, all of them in South Africa.

Bird's fame as a cricketer in the years before the First World War rested more on his deeds as a schoolboy than on his prowess as a county or Test player. In 1907, as captain of the Harrow School team, he scored two centuries in the annual match at Lord's against Eton College that was one of the social highlights of the year.

He played a few games for Lancashire that season, then disappeared for two years, reappearing in 1909 with Surrey. On a fairly flimsy record, he was taken by HDG Leveson-Gower on the 1909-10 MCC tour to South Africa, where he played in all five Tests. He took three wickets for 11 runs in his first Test against South Africa at Johannesburg and in the third Test he put on 95 for the seventh wicket with Jack Hobbs, a stand that enabled England to win the match by three wickets. In the fourth match at Cape Town he scored 57 in the first innings.

Back in England, Bird played regularly for Surrey in 1910 and took over as the county's captain from Leveson-Gower for two years from 1911. A forceful right-handed batsman, he scored 1,000 runs in three seasons and also took useful wickets with medium-pace bowling. But he appears never to have been in serious contention for a Test place until selected again for a South African tour in 1913-14, under Johnny Douglas. He made his highest Test score, 61, in the first Test at Durban, putting on 115 for the seventh wicket with Douglas, but achieved little else in the series until he took the first three wickets in South Africa's second innings in the final match, played at Port Elizabeth.

Bird played only a few first-class matches after the First World War. He was coach at his old school and later at Surrey, but Wisden reported that he had been ill for several years before his death at the age of 45.