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Johnny Wardle
England (Eng)
Johnny Wardle
Batting style Left-handed batsman (LHB)
Bowling type Slow left-arm orthodox (SLA); Slow left-arm chinaman (SLC)
Tests First-class
Matches 28 412
Runs scored 653 7,333
Batting average 19.78 16.08
100s/50s 0/2 0/18
Top score 66 79
Balls bowled 6,597 102,626
Wickets 102 1,846
Bowling average 20.39 18.97
5 wickets in innings 5 134
10 wickets in match 1 29
Best bowling 7/36 9/25
Catches/stumpings 12/0 257/0

Test debut: February 11, 1948
Last Test: June 22, 1957
Source: [1]
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Johnny Wardle (John Henry Wardle; born January 8, 1923, Ardsley, Yorkshire, England; died: July 23, 1985, Hatfield, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England) was one of the best spin bowlers in postwar cricket. His Test average of 20.39 is the lowest in Test cricket by any major spin bowler in the last seventy years. January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1923 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ardsley is a village in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. ... Yorkshire as a traditional county. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The civil parish of Hatfield is an administrative area of the metropolitan borough of Doncaster (part of South Yorkshire, England). ... °:This article is about the town of Doncaster in England. ... Spin bowling, sometimes known as slow bowling, is a technique used for bowling in the sport of cricket. ... Cricket is a team sport played between two groups of eleven players each. ... Test cricket is the longest form of the sport of cricket. ...


Wardle, though mainly a classical orthodox left-arm finger-spinner, was probably the most versatile of all the great spin bowlers, and he was capable both of remarkable originality and amazingly accurate and steady work. On firm pitches, his ability to bowl left-arm wrist spinners that turned and bounced much more sharply made him preferred over Tony Lock in his heyday. Wardle is the only English bowler to master this unusual style, and it gave him many of his greatest successes, notably in South Africa in 1956/1957 where he achieved the astonishing feat of taking 100 wickets in a season outside England. Wardle was also a dangerous left-handed hitter whose stocky build permitted him to drive powerfully. Often his hitting against opposing spinners suggested that the defensive batting so characteristic of 1950s and 1960s first-class cricket was not the most effective method of play. Graham Anthony Richard Lock (5 July 1929 - 29 March 1995) was an English cricketer who played primarily as a left-arm spinner. ... First-class cricket matches are those of at least three days length in which both teams have two innings each, involving either international teams or the highest division of domestic competition. ...


Wardle, whose family were miners, took to cricket during World War II and was so successful as a spin bowler and hard-hitting batsman that Yorkshire engaged him when looking for a succesor to Hedley Verity who was killed in the war. Wardle only played one match in 1946 as the 43-year-old Arthur Booth's remarkable economy saw him head the averages, but when Booth went ill Wardle took his place with so much promise that, in spite of a very dry summer, he was chosen for a largely experimental MCC tour of the West Indies. He was disppointing on that tour, but his skill developed so well in the wet summer of 1948 that it was obvious Wardle was earmarked for Test honours. Though an injury wiped out a quarter of his 1949 season, Wardle was deadly on the few rain-affected pitches that summer and his bowling helped Yorkshire to make a late run for the title - which only just failed. World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that engulfed much of the globe... Hedley Verity (18 May 1905 - 31 July 1943) was an England cricketer. ... Lords 2005 The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), founded in 1787, was the original governing body of international cricket. ...


1950 saw him play in a home Test for the first time but apart from some free hitting against Ramadhin and Valentine whose deadly accurate and amazingly persistent spin bowling routed England, he did nothing. Nonetheless, with Yorkshire's bowling not nearly so strong as in the days of Bowes and Verity, Wardle's amazing capacity for hard work revealed itself fully for the first time: he bowled more balls than any bowler since Tich Freeman in 1934 and his 741 maidens showed his unparalled accuracy when bowling "off theory" round the wicket. Bill Bowes (William Eric Bowes; born July 25, 1908, Elland, Yorkshire, England; died 4 September 1987, Otley, Yorkshire, England) was one of the best bowlers of the inter-war period and for a time the most important force behind Yorkshires dominance of the County Championship. ... Tich Freeman (Alfred Percy Freeman; born May 17, 1888; died January 28, 1965) was a Kent leg spin bowler and the only man to take 300 wickets in an English season. ...


1951 saw Wardle unsuccessful in challenging Jim Laker and Roy Tattersall for a Test spin bowling place, but with Bob Appleyard hit by illness Wardle's his workrate reached incredible levels in the following two seasons: his total of 20,723 balls in these two seasons has been beaten only by Tich Freeman, and his 11,084 balls in 1952 is the fourth-highest aggregate ever delivered. During Auguts 1952, Wardle sent down 165 overs in two consecutive games. Though Yorkshire had an astonishing decline in 1953, Wardle at last showed himself a Test-standard bowler with 4 for 7 on a soft pitch at Old Trafford and for this performance was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year and toured the West Indies again. The competition from Laker and Lock, though, gave him little chance to distinguish himself, though in two innings of 39 and 66 he showed the virtue in hitting against Ramadhin and Valentine. James Charles (Jim) Laker (February 9, 1922, Frizinghall, near Bradford, Yorkshire–April 23, 1986, Putney, London) was a cricketer who played for England in the 1950s. ... Bob Appleyard (Robert Appleyard; born June 27, 1924, Wibsey, Bradford, Yorkshire, England) was one of the best English bowlers of the 1950s, a decade which saw England develop its strongest bowling attack of the twentieth century. ... Old Trafford cricket ground has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1856. ... The Wisden Cricketers of the Year award is made annually in the pages of the Wisden Cricketers Almanack yearbook. ...


1954, with Trueman and Appleyard back in the team, saw Yorkshire rebound and Wardle freed to become an enterprising attacking spinner once more. In this role, he took 16 wickets against Sussex and bowled so well against Pakistan that he toured Australia with Len Hutton's MCC side that winter. Apart from five for 79 on a flood-soaked pitch at Sydney he had to do little, but his use of left-arm off-breaks and googlies the following summer allowed Wardle to succeed so consistently that he almost reached 200 wickets and took 15 Test wickets. In the wet summer of 1956 Lock was preferred, but Wardle, chiefly bowling wrist-spin with surprising accuracy, baffled all the South African batsmen that winter on pitches giving him little help. In the second Test at Cape Town he reached astonishing heights, taking 7 for 36 to dismiss South Africa for 72, and would have taken more than 26 Test wickets but for injury. Frederick Sewards Trueman (born February 6, 1931 in Stainton, Yorkshire) was an English cricketer, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in history. ... For more coverage of cricket, go to the Cricket portal. ...


1957, after this, was a very disappointing year, with Wardle's amazing workrate finally appearing to decline, and Lock tightening his grip on the Test place for good after Wardle failed at Lord's. Though in the favourable conditions of 1958 Wardle was very successful, friction between him and the Yorkshire comittee, which had existed for many years prior to this point, became intolerable when Wardle announced he would write an article in The Daily Mail that was openly critical of the running of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Although MCC had chosen Wardle for the coming Ashes tour, they withdrew immediately Wardle made this announcement, and Yorkshire responded by dropping Wardle for the Bank Holiday match with Lancashire. Thye never recalled him, and when Wardle announced he would play for struggling Nottinghamshire Yorkshire steadfastly refused to allow Special Registration. The Media Centre at Lords Cricket Ground Lords Cricket Ground is a cricket ground in St Johns Wood in London. ... Yorkshire County Cricket Club is a county cricket club based at Headingley in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. ... The Ashes is a regular international cricket contest between England and Australia, played every two years, so named after the trophy, which is a small wooden urn, said to contain the burnt bails from an 1882 game between the countries at The Oval. ...


Consequently, Wardle played the rest of his cricket as a professional in the Lancashire Leagues and with Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship. Even if he might not have been the bowler he had been a few yeard before, he was still so far ahead in class of most batsmen in those competitions that he set many records for wicket aggregates. Wardle also was an amateur cartoonist of considerable repute during these years. He died after a long period of failing health in July 1985. A cartoonist at work. ...


External links

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Johnny Wardle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (898 words)
Wardle, though mainly a classical orthodox left-arm finger-spinner, was probably the most versatile of all the great spin bowlers, and he was capable both of remarkable originality and amazingly accurate and steady work.
Wardle, whose family were miners, took to cricket during World War II and was so successful as a spin bowler and hard-hitting batsman that Yorkshire engaged him when looking for a successor to Hedley Verity who was killed in the war.
Wardle only played one match in 1946 as the 43-year-old Arthur Booth's remarkable economy saw him head the averages, but when Booth went ill Wardle took his place with so much promise that, in spite of a very dry summer, he was chosen for a largely experimental MCC tour of the West Indies.
Cricinfo - Vandals stop play (616 words)
Johnny Wardle's invitation to tour with MCC to Australia is withdrawn following a number of articles he wrote criticising the running of Yorkshire, its captain, and several of its players.
Yorkshire responded by announcing that Wardle would be sacked at the end of the season, and MCC subsequently threw him off the tour, citing the "grave disservice" he had done to the game.
Wardle admitted that he was to blame, and despite offers from several other counties, he withdrew to the Lancashire leagues.
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