|Full name||John David Bannister|
23 August 1930|
|Died||23 January 2016(aged 85)|
|Batting style||Right hand|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class cricket debut||26 August 1950 Warwickshire v Glasmorgan|
|Last First-class cricket||31 August 1968 Warwickshire v Leicestershire|
|List A cricket debut||22 May 1963 Warwickshire v Northamptonshire|
|Last List A cricket||6 July 1969 Warwickshire v Surrey|
Source: CricketArchive, 4 October 2012
John David "Jack" Bannister (23 August 1930 – 23 January 2016) was an English cricket commentator and former first-class cricketer who played for Warwickshire. He was, for many years, a BBC television cricket commentator and later the Talksport radio cricket correspondent.
He played professionally on the county scene for Warwickshire as a fast-medium bowler, taking 1198 first-class wickets in a career that lasted from 1950 to 1969. Against the Combined Services cricket team for Warwickshire at the Mitchells and Butlers ground in Birmingham, Bannister took all 10 Services wickets in an innings for 41 runs. These remain the best bowling figures in an innings for Warwickshire.
Following his cricket career, Bannister worked as a bookmaker in Wolverhampton. During this time, he was instrumental in setting up the Professional Cricketer's Pension Scheme.
He was a familiar voice on BBC TV's cricket coverage from 1984 through to 1994 firstly as a summariser then moving on to commentating in 1988. David Gower joined the team in 1994 and eventually replaced Bannister the following summer, but Bannister continued to commentate on Natwest Trophy and Sunday League games until 1999, and had a full role at the BBC's coverage of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
In later life, he provided commentary on and summaries of England international cricket matches on talkSPORT.
During the 1995 South Africa vs England test match series in South Africa, he promised he would eat a newspaper if South Africa won. He eventually did, when South Africa won.
For many years he wrote the highly regarded cricket column in the Birmingham Post
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- Charles Nevin (21 March 2013). Jack: Stories of Britain’s Favourite Name. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78057-810-1.