William Whysall

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William Whysall
William Whysall 1926.jpg
Whysall in 1926
Personal information
Born 31 October 1887
Woodborough, Nottinghamshire, England
Died 11 November 1930 (aged 43)
Nottingham, England
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 4 371
Runs scored 209 21592
Batting average 29.85 38.76
100s/50s -/2 51/103
Top score 76 248
Balls bowled 16 201
Wickets - 6
Bowling average - 33.33
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - 3/49
Catches/stumpings 7/- 317/15
Source: [1]

William Wilfrid Whysall (31 October 1887 – 11 November 1930),[1] generally known as "Dodge" Whysall, was a cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire and England.

Whysall was a right-handed batsman who did little before the First World War but then developed in the 1920s into a solid and consistent opener in the increasingly successful Nottinghamshire side. He toured Australia as a member of the 1924-25 side, acting as reserve wicket-keeper and playing in three Test matches. He scored 75 at Adelaide and 76 at Melbourne.

After being the leading batsman in Nottinghamshire's County Championship-winning side of 1929, Whysall was recalled to the England Test team for the decisive match of the 1930 series against Australia. The move was not a success. Whysall scored only 13 and 10, and was criticised for his lack of mobility in the field, as England lost by an innings.

Barely two months later, Whysall was dead. He slipped on a dance floor, injured his elbow, and died within two weeks from septicaemia despite a blood transfusion.[2]

Whysall was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1925.