Ray Robinson (cricket writer)

Raymond John Robinson (8 July 1905 – 6 July 1982) was an Australian journalist and author, best known for his writings on cricket.

Born in Melbourne, Robinson attended Brighton State School and joined the Melbourne Herald as a copyboy. Given a cadetship with the paper, he reported on Australian football and cricket during the early 1920s. In 1925, he wrote to Plum Warner, the editor of The Cricketer magazine, complaining about its poor coverage of Australian cricket. Warner invited him to become the periodical's Australian correspondent, and Robinson continued contributing to it until the early 1980s.

In 1930, Robinson was recruited to the editorial staff of a new daily paper, The Star. Four years later, he accompanied the Australian team on its tour of England. Subsequently, he toured with the Australians in 1948, 1953, 1956 and 1961 (to England); and to South Africa in 1957–58 and the West Indies in 1954–55. He made a number of tours of India and Pakistan, writing for the Times of India and Sportsweek in Mumbai.

Invited to join the staff of The Daily Telegraph by Sir Frank Packer, Robinson relocated to Sydney in 1939. He published his first cricket book, Between Wickets, in 1946 after the manuscript was recommended to the William Collins publishing house by Neville Cardus. He retired as a full-time journalist in 1970 and published The Wildest Tests two years later. Awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fund fellowship and a grant from the Literature Board of the Council for the Arts, Robinson began work on his magnum opus, a series of essays about Australia's cricket captains. Released in 1975, On Top Down Under won the English Cricket Society's literary award for 1976.

In his latter years, he suffered from poor health but he continued writing though he was legally blind. He died in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital after complications from an intestinal blockage.


  • Between Wickets: Collins (1946).
  • From the Boundary: Collins (1951).
  • Green Sprigs (published in the UK as The Glad Season): Collins (1955).
  • The Wit of Sir Robert Menzies: Leslie Frewin (1966).
  • The Wildest Tests: Pelham (1972) ISBN 0-7207-0594-0.
  • On Top Down Under: Cassell Australia (1975) ISBN 0-7269-7364-5.