Jack Young (cricketer)

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Jack Young
Personal information
Full name John Albert Young
Born (1912-10-14)14 October 1912
Paddington, London, England
Died 5 February 1993(1993-02-05) (aged 80)
St. John's Wood, London, England
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut 26 July 1947 v South Africa
Last Test 25 June 1949 v New Zealand
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 8 341
Runs scored 28 2,485
Batting average 5.59 8.93
100s/50s –/– –/1
Top score 10* 62
Balls bowled 2,368 78,965
Wickets 17 1,361
Bowling average 44.52 19.68
5 wickets in innings 82
10 wickets in match 17
Best bowling 3/65 9/55
Catches/stumpings 5/– 150/–
Source: Cricinfo

John Albert "Jack" Young (14 October 1912 – 5 February 1993)[1] was an English cricketer, who played for Middlesex and England. His first-class cricket career lasted from 1933 to 1956.

The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, commented, "the son of a music hall comic, Jack Young was a theatrical performer and extremely popular with spectators".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Young was born in London, and was a slow left-arm spin bowler, who relied on accuracy and a flat delivery rather than flight. He was on the staff at Middlesex for much of the 1930s, but only came to the fore after World War II. In 1947, he took more than 150 wickets as Middlesex, led by the batting of Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, won the County Championship, and he repeated the feat two years later when the Championship was shared with Yorkshire. He also took more than 150 wickets in 1951 and 1952, so that, when he retired from injury after just three matches in the 1956 season, he had taken more than 1,300 wickets in ten seasons at an average of less than 20 runs per wicket.

Young played Test cricket for England eight times between 1947 and 1949, but took only 17 wickets in those games. Though his accuracy made him economical, and he bowled eleven consecutive maiden overs on his home Test debut at Trent Bridge against the 1948 Australians Don Bradman and Lindsay Hassett, then a world-record return, he appeared to lack the penetration to trouble the best batsmen. He was also perhaps unlucky in selection policies: in 1948, he played the first, third and fifth Tests and was omitted from the chosen 12 at Headingley, where the pitch for the fourth Test might have suited him better.

His tally of 1,182 wickets for Middlesex is bettered by only Fred Titmus and Jim Sims since World War II.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 192. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.