Wilfred Rhodes (1877-1973)

Wilfred Rhodes, born in 1877 in Kirkheaton, near Huddersfield, was one of the greatest cricketers of the twentieth century. Whilst his career evolved through a great many distinct stages, his record for Yorkshire and England is sufficient to place him as one of the very greatest all-round cricketers of all time. He batted right-handed but bowled left arm. He is one of only three cricketers to have batted in every position, from one to eleven, in his Test career.

Some of the remarkable achievements of his career include:

  • Most first-class matches (1110)
  • Most County Championship matches (763)
  • Highest aggregate of first-class wickets (4204)
  • Most times 100 wickets in a season (23, including three over 200)
  • Most times the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in a season (16 between 1903 and 1926)
  • Twelve County Championship winning teams for Yorkshire between 1898 and 1925.
  • First Englishman to achieve the "double" of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket and second overall (after George Giffen)
  • First person to achieve 2000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket

External Links

Wikipedia article on Wilfred Rhodes

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