Joe Cox (cricketer)

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Joe Cox
Joseph Lovell Cox.jpg
Joe Cox in 1912
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Lovell Cox
Born(1886-06-08)June 8, 1886
Pietermaritzburg, Natal
DiedJuly 4, 1971(1971-07-04) (aged 85)
Bulawayo, Rhodesia
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Domestic team information
1910-11 to 1921-22Natal
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 42
Runs scored 17 357
Batting average 3.39 8.30
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 12* 51
Balls bowled 576 6,232
Wickets 4 120
Bowling average 61.25 22.53
5 wickets in innings 0 4
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 2/74 8/20
Catches/stumpings 1/0 14/0

Joseph Lovell Cox (June 28, 1886 – July 4, 1971) was a South African Test cricket player.

Joe Cox was a fast-medium bowler and a tail-end batsman. Playing for Natal throughout, his first-class career spanned the years either side of World War I, 1911 to 1922, but it was his first season in 1910-11 that was his most successful. In his very first match, played at Durban against Orange Free State, he scored 51 batting at number 10, Natal’s second highest score of the innings and a total that Cox was never subsequently to surpass.[1] In his second match, against Western Province, he took seven wickets in the second innings for 42 runs,[2] and a few days later he took eight for 20 against Transvaal, seven of the opposition being bowled.[3] In all six matches that season, he took 36 wickets for 402 runs (average 11.16) and helped Natal to their first domestic championship title.[4]

He was selected for the tour of England in 1912 but from 37 matches, he only played in 14 (none of them Test matches) and when he did play he was under-used as a bowler and took only 14 wickets. When England came to South Africa in 1913-14 under the captaincy of J.W.H.T. Douglas, Cox played in three of the five Tests without distinction.[5]

His death in 1971 went unrecorded in Wisden. He was the brother-in-law of Len Tuckett and the uncle of Lindsay Tuckett, both of whom played Test cricket for South Africa.[6]


  1. ^ "Natal v Orange Free State 1910-11". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Natal v Western Province 1910-11". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Natal v Transvaal 1910-11". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Bowling in Currie Cup 1910-11". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  5. ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers, Rigby, Adelaide, 1983, p. 280.
  6. ^ "Joe Cox". Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 December 2017.

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