Cricket Profile, Career and Records of former english cricketer Brian Statham - a great fast bowler


Brian Statham become the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket in 26 January, 1963 and held this record for some period. One of the greatest fast bowler of his time, Statham is a former english cricketer who played in 70 tests for England. Read profile, career and record of this player.

Brian Statham was a former english test cricketer and fast bowler who played for England in 70 Tests during 1951-65. He also held the record of highest wicket taker in Test cricket for some period. One of the greatest fast bowler of his time, Statham also had a long first-class career and played for Lancashire team. He was born on 17 June, 1930 at Gorton (Manchester, England) and died in 2000 at Stockport.

Brian Statham

Cricket Profile of Brian Statham

  • Full Name: John Brian Statham
  • Born on: 17 June, 1930
  • Birth Place: Gorton, Manchester (England)
  • Died on: 10 June, 2000
  • Bowling Style: Right-arm fast bowler
  • Role in the Team: Bowler
  • Teams Statham played for: England, Lancashire, MCC
  • Test Debut: On 17th March, 1951 against New Zealand at Christchurch

Cricket Career of Brian Statham

International Career
Brian Statham started playing in Central Lancashire Cricket League for Stockport Cricket Club. He then made his first-class debut for Lancashire in 1950. He took 36 wickets in his debut season. His performance impresses the selectors and he made to the National Team. In 1951, he made his Test debut against New Zealand at Christchurch. He took ony one wicket in that match. In his next appearance for England when South Africa toured England that year, he played in the second and third Test and took four wickets. He then played in a five-match Test series against India in India. He took five wickets in the second test at Bombay including a bowling figure of 4/96 in India's first innings. But in the rest of the matches he didn't do well enough. In 1953, during West Indies tour he was in excellent form. He took six wickets in the first test. He again took six wickets in the third test including his best bowling figure till date of 4/64. He continued his form against Pakistan where he improved his best bowling figure to 4/18 in the first Test at Lord's Cricket Ground.

In 1954-55 tour of Australia, he was one of the successful bowler in the series which England won by 3-1. In the third test, he took his first five-wicket haul. He had a bowling figure of 5/60 in Australia's first innings. In his next series against South Africa, he was paired with Fred Trueman. He bowled his best bowling figure of 7/39 against South Africa. During 1958-59 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, he had a bowling figure of 7 for 57 against Australia. In 1962, Statham overtook the record of highest wickets in test set by Alec Bedser. He held this record for a very limited period when his team-mate Trueman overtook this record.

First-class Career
Though Statham has a very good Test record, but his first-class record is far better than that. He played for Lancashire in most of his career. In his debut season, he took 37 wickets (including one wicket in Test). In his next season he took 97 wickets with a bowling average of 15.11, six times taking five-wicket haul. His first 100 wickets in a season came in 1952. He topped bowling averages during most of the seasons. In 1957 season, he took his best bowling figure in a first-class match of 8/34 against Warwickshire. Statham has played 430 matches for Lancashire taking 1816 wickets with a bowling average of 15.12.

Statham had also captained the Lancashire County team from 1965 to 1967, but he was not so much successful as a captain as the team performed poorly in these seasons. Statham has a bowling average of 16.37 in first-class matches which is best by any bowler in the world with more than 2000 first-class wickets.
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Test Record of Brian Statham

  • Matches: 70
  • Balls bowled: 16056
  • Runs Given:6261
  • Wickets: 252 wickets
  • Bowling Average: 24.84
  • 5 wickets in an inning: 9 time
  • 10 wickets in a match: 1 time
  • Best Bowling figure: 7/39

First-class Record of Brian Statham

  • Matches: 559
  • Balls bowled: 100955
  • Runs Given: 36999
  • Wickets: 2260 wickets
  • Bowling Average: 16.37
  • 5 wickets in an inning: 123 time
  • 10 wickets in a match: 11 time
  • Best Bowling figure: 8/34

Important achievements of Brian Statham

  • Statham has held the record of highest test wicket-taker from 26 January, 1963 to 15 March, 1963
  • Brian Statham (2260 wickets) is 19th in the list of highest wicket-takers in first-class cricket
  • Brian Statham has 123 five-wicket hauls in first-class matches, 45th in the list of most number of five-wicket hauls in first-class cricket
  • Statham has took three hat-tricks in his first class career

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