William Bruce (cricketer)

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William Bruce
WBruceBatting1895.jpg
Personal information
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 14 145
Runs scored 702 5731
Batting average 29.25 23.97
100s/50s 0/5 4/28
Top score 80 191
Balls bowled 988 9642
Wickets 12 143
Bowling average 36.66 29.67
5 wickets in innings 0 5
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/88 7/72
Catches/stumpings 12/0 102/0
Source: Cricinfo
Bruce pictured 3rd right (back row) with the 1893 Australia national cricket team

William Bruce (24 May 1864 in South Yarra, Victoria – 3 August 1925 in Elwood, Victoria) was an Australian cricketer who played in 14 Tests between 1885 and 1895.

He made his debut in the second match of 1884/85 series[1] when 10 of the Australian players went on strike. Bruce was a gifted left-hander from Victoria and, although he never made a century in his 14 Tests, he had an average of 29—very respectable for his era—and he established himself as a batsman of note.

Bruce "kissed his wife goodbye one morning in 1925, saying he wasn’t sure after she had asked if he’d be home for dinner ... his legal practice in difficulties, drinking more than was good for him, and battling depression, Bruce drowned himself in the sea not far from his home."[2]

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