|Full name||Cyril John Poole|
13 March 1921|
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
|Died||11 February 1996
Balderton, Nottinghamshire, England
|Bowling style||Left arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 368)||30 December 1951 v India|
|Last Test||10 February 1952 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 25 May 2009|
Cyril John Poole (13 March 1921 – 11 February 1996) was an English cricketer, who played for Nottinghamshire and in three Tests for England. He also played football for Mansfield Town, Gillingham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Life and career
An entertaining left-handed batsman, Poole was 27 before he came into county cricket, but soon established himself in what was, throughout his time with them, one of the weaker first-class county sides. His best season was 1961, when he scored 1,860 runs in first-class cricket.
His one taste of Test cricket came on the 1951/52 tour to India. Poole, who had replaced Jack Ikin because of injury, played three times for what was, in effect, an England second eleven, scoring two fifties. He was never picked for England again, his batting defensive frailities counting against him, though he continued in county cricket until 1962, and had his best season at the age of 40. He was an outstanding fielder in almost any position.
Cyril Poole died, in Balderton, Nottinghamshire, on 11 February 1996, aged 74. His Wisden obituary in 1997, which described him as a "splendidly entertaining" cricketer, "one of the most gifted and audacious left-handed batsmen on the circuit... and a great fielder". It also included an anecdote:
"He would regularly borrow any bat that was lying around the dressing room, never worrying about the weight or other technicalities. It is said that his team-mates tried to cure him with a trick bat, which was merely a shell filled with sawdust. He scored about 70 with it and apparently never noticed."