Sammy Carter

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Sammy Carter
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style -
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 28 128
Runs scored 873 2897
Batting average 22.97 20.11
100s/50s 0/4 2/13
Top score 72 149
Balls bowled 0 0
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 44/21 181/89
Source: Cricinfo

Hanson ("Sammy") Carter (15 March 1878, in Northowram, Yorkshire, England - 8 June 1948 in Bellevue Hill, New South Wales) was a cricketer who played for Australia and New South Wales.

Cigarette card featuring Carter
Carter behind the stumps


Carter keeping

Carter attended Sydney Boys High School in 1894.[1] A wicket-keeper, he made his debut for New South Wales in 1897-98, and after two matches in 1901-02 he was selected to tour England in 1902 as the deputy wicket-keeper.

He played his first Test in 1907-08, when he played all five Tests against England. He toured England again in 1909, playing all five Tests, and he also played all five Tests when South Africa toured in 1910-11, and when England toured in 1911-12. He resumed his Test career for the last two Tests against England in 1920-21, although he was nearly 43, and toured England in 1921, playing four Tests, and South Africa in 1921-22, playing his last two Tests.

In all he took 44 catches and 21 stumpings in 28 Test matches. As a batsman, he is often credited with the invention of the scoop shot that sails over fine-leg.[2] He often made useful runs, though in Tests he seldom batted higher than number 10. His highest Test score was 72, batting at number 3 as nightwatchman, against England in Adelaide in 1911-12. His highest first-class score was 149 for New South Wales against Queensland in 1904-05.

He was the first wicket-keeper to squat on his haunches rather than bend over from the waist.[3]

In 1932, at the age of 54, he toured the U.S. and Canada with an unofficial side captained by Vic Richardson.

In 1946 the England captain Wally Hammond and Major Rupert Howard (Secretary of Lancashire County Cricket Club and MCC tour manager) went to visit Sammy Carter in Sydney. The wicketkeeper of Warwick Armstrong's 1921 Australians, who now used a wheelchair, had donated £1,000 to the restoration of the Old Trafford cricket ground which had been bombed during the war. They wished to give him their personal thanks.[4]

He worked as an undertaker, sometimes coming to matches in a hearse.[5]

See also[edit]


Kidd, Patrick. "The batting evolution." Cricinfo. 10 August 2008. (accessed 10 August 2008).


  1. ^
  2. ^ Kidd, 2008.
  3. ^ The Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket, Oxford, Melbourne, 1996, p. 100.
  4. ^ p213, Clif Cary, Cricket Controversy, T. Werner laurie Ltd, 1948
  5. ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers, Rigby, Adelaide, 1983, p. 183.

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