John Murray (cricketer)

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John Murray
Personal information
Full name John Thomas Murray
Born (1935-04-01) 1 April 1935 (age 82)
North Kensington, London, England
Batting Right handed batting
Bowling Right arm medium
Role Wicketkeeper
International information
National side
Test debut 8 June 1961 v Australia
Last Test 27 July 1967 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class List A
Matches 21 635 149
Runs scored 506 18,872 2,281
Batting average 22.00 23.58 19.49
100s/50s 1/2 16/84 –/8
Top score 112 142 75*
Balls bowled 341
Wickets 6
Bowling average 40.50
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/10
Catches/stumpings 52/3 1268/259 164/33
Source: Cricinfo

John Thomas Murray MBE (born 1 April 1935, North Kensington, London, England)[1] is a former English cricketer. He played in 21 Tests for England between 1961 and 1967.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Murray was educated at the St John's Church of England School in Notting Hill, London. He played football as a wing half in his youth and was part of the Brentford youth team which reached the semi-finals of the inaugural FA Youth Cup in the 1952–53 season.[2][3]

Murray made his debut as a wicket-keeper for Middlesex in 1952, aged 17 years and 54 days. Most elegant behind the stumps, he is acknowledged as one of the most distinguished wicket-keepers in the history of the game.[1] His batting prowess was such that he scored 1,000 runs in a season six times with Middlesex, and scored a Test century in 1966 when he batted at number nine against the West Indies.[1] He played for Middlesex in 508 first-class matches between 1952 and 1975, and for England in 21 Tests. His tally of 1,527 first-class dismissals set a world record until it was broken by Bob Taylor in 1983.[1] Murray was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1967.

He later served as an England selector and on the Middlesex General Committee.

His brother-in-law is the English footballer, Alan Mullery.


  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 125. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopaedia. Yore Publications. pp. 37–38. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  3. ^ White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 211. ISBN 0951526200. 

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