1 July 1849|
|Died||11 March 1894
|Batting style||Right-hand bat (RHB)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
John Selby (1 July 1849 – 11 March 1894) played cricket professionally for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club between 1870 and 1887. In 1878, he headed the English cricket averages with 938 runs at average of 31.82.
John Selby played in the 1st ever Test Match that started in Melbourne on 15-Mar-1877. He was No: 2 Bat and acting wicket-keeper. The actual wicket-keeper was in Jail in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australia won the toss and elected to bat so John Selby made his Test debut as a wicket-keeper. He kept wicket for a day and a half without success. He opened England's Innings with Harry Jupp but was soon out on 7. On the 4th day England needed 154 runs to win and Captain Lillywhite, junior dropped Selby to No: 5 in the order. This worked as John topped scored with 38. This was the 3rd best Innings score of the match. England were all out for 108 and lost by 45 runs.
Selby went on to become a pub landlord, but his financial dealings were unsuccessful and led to a run-in with the law. He died after suffering a paralytic stroke in Nottingham General Hospital in 1894. He had a wife, Annie.
His name was registered at birth as John Burrows.
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