Arthur Mitchell (cricketer)
|Full name||Arthur Mitchell|
13 September 1902|
Baildon, Yorkshire, England
|Died||25 December 1976
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
Born in Baildon, Yorkshire, England, and nicknamed "Ticker" because of a habit of chatting to himself while batting, Mitchell was a solid, determined and sometimes dour middle order batsman who converted to become an opening batsman after the retirement of Percy Holmes in 1932. An accumulator of runs rather than a stroke maker, he very occasionally allowed himself to bat more freely, and when he did he revealed himself as a particularly fine cutter. He scored centuries in four consecutive innings for Yorkshire in 1933.
Mitchell's Test cricket career might have consisted of just three matches on the 1933-34 tour of India, when he performed without distinction in what was, in effect, an England second eleven. But an injury to Maurice Leyland just before the Headingley Test against South Africa in 1935 led to Mitchell being summoned, literally, from his back garden. With scores of 58 and 72, he retained his place for the final Test, and played once more, against India in 1936.
He died in December 1976 in Bradford, Yorkshire, at the age of 74.
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