David J. Brown (cricketer, born 1942)
|Born||30 January 1942 (age 75)
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
David John Brown (born 30 January 1942, in Walsall, Staffordshire) is a former English cricketer who played in twenty six Tests from 1965 to 1969. Cricket writer Colin Batemen described Brown as a "rangy, popular paceman...[with] gutsy determination and uncomplaining effort".
Life and career
Educated at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Brown made his Warwickshire debut in 1961. A dependable seam bowler in the English tradition, Brown used his full 6' 4" to extract bounce from any wicket, an attribute which enabled him to be as effective on hard wickets on tour as he was on green pitches at home. He overcame injury to take 1,165 first-class wickets and play regularly for England in the late 1960s, taking 79 wickets with a best return of 5 for 42.
His most famous bowling was in the Third Test at Sydney in the 1965-66 Ashes series, where he took 5/63, forcing Australia to follow on, and England won their biggest victory down under for fifty years. This was despite being "laid low with bursitis, or a sort of house-maid's knee of the elbow" and he took only 11 wickets (37.18) in the drawn series.
In the first half of 1969, Brown took fourteen wickets at 20 apiece as England easily accounted for the West Indies. An injury to Brown's opening bowling partner, John Snow, meant that Alan Ward was called up for the first Test against England's next opponents, New Zealand. When selection was made for the second test, and with Snow fit again, it was Brown that made way not Ward, and Brown did not play international cricket again.
His leadership skills were rewarded with the vice-captaincy on the MCC tour of Pakistan in 1966/7, and the captaincy of Warwickshire from 1975 to 1977. In 1982, in answer to an injury crisis, he returned to the fray at the age of 40, long after he had retired to farm and breed racehorses, and thus played in 390 first-class matches in all. It was in this latter capacity that Brown became the first substitute ever to take a wicket in county cricket. After his colleague, Gladstone Small, had been called up for Test duties on the morning of the second day of Warwickshire's County Championship game against Lancashire, at Southport, revised playing conditions allowed Brown to act as a full substitute.