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Jack White
Personal information
Full name John Cornish White
Born 19 February 1891(1891-02-19)
Holford, Somerset, England
Died 2 May 1961 (aged 70)
Combe Florey, Somerset, England
Nickname Farmer
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Bowling all-rounder
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 202) 2 July 1921 v Australia
Last Test 21 February 1931 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1909–1937 Somerset
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 15 472
Runs scored 239 12202
Batting average 18.38 18.40
100s/50s 0/0 6/41
Top score 29 192
Balls bowled 4801 129439
Wickets 49 2355
Bowling average 32.26 18.58
5 wickets in innings 3 193
10 wickets in match 1 58
Best bowling 8/126 10/76
Catches/stumpings 6/0 428/0
Source: Cricinfo, 28 August 2009

John Cornish White, known as "Farmer" or "Jack", (19 February 1891 in Holford, Somerset – 2 May 1961 in Combe Florey, Somerset) was an English cricketer who played for Somerset and England. White was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929. He played in 15 Test matches, and captained England in four of them.




Domestic career

A slow left arm bowler who used accuracy and variation of pace rather than spin to take wickets, he was a regular player for Somerset from 1913 to 1937, taking 100 wickets a season 14 times. In 1929 and 1930 he also scored more than 1,000 runs, completing the "cricketer's double". Among his county records, he took 16 Worcestershire wickets for 83 runs in the match at Bath in 1919. He also took all 10 Worcestershire wickets in an innings for 76 runs in 1921 at Worcester.[1] His total number of wickets for Somerset, 2,165, is still the county record,[2] as is his number of catches, 393.[3] His career total of 2,355 wickets puts him 16th on the all-time list of wicket-takers.[4] He was captain of Somerset from 1927 to 1931.

Test career

White was first picked for England in the difficult 1921 series against the Australians and was not then selected again for seven years. For the winter tour of Australia in 1928/29, he was vice-captain to Percy Chapman and the main bowler in a series that turned into a successful war of attrition. At Melbourne, he bowled 113 overs and five balls, and at Adelaide he surpassed that, bowling 124 overs and five balls and taking 13 wickets in the match for 256 runs, as England won by just 12 runs. In the final Test of the series, he stood in as captain for the injured Chapman, but lost the Test and so ended England's then-record-equalling run of seven consecutive Test victories.

White captained England again in the series against South Africa in 1929: he won once and drew twice. Further Tests followed against Australia in 1930 and the following winter in South Africa, again as vice-captain to Chapman.

White was a Test selector in 1929 and 1930 and was president of Somerset at the time of his death.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Percy Chapman
English national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Harold Gilligan and
Honourable Freddie Calthorpe1
Preceded by
John Daniell
Somerset County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Reggie Ingle


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