Carter c. 1909
|Born||15 March 1878|
Northowram, Yorkshire, England
|Died||8 June 1948 (aged 70)|
Bellevue Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Carter attended Sydney Boys High School in 1894. A wicket-keeper, he made his debut for New South Wales in 1897–98, and after two matches in 1901–02 he was selected to tour England in 1902 as the deputy wicket-keeper.
He played his first Test in 1907–08, when he played all five Tests against England. He toured England again in 1909, playing all five Tests, and he also played all five Tests when South Africa toured in 1910–11, and when England toured in 1911–12. He resumed his Test career for the last two Tests against England in 1920–21, although he was nearly 43, and toured England in 1921, playing four Tests, and South Africa in 1921–22, playing his last two Tests.
In all he took 44 catches and 21 stumpings in 28 Test matches. As a batsman, he is often credited with the invention of the scoop shot that sails over fine-leg. He often made useful runs, though in Tests he seldom batted higher than number 10. His highest Test score was 72, batting at number 3 as nightwatchman, against England in Adelaide in 1911–12. His highest first-class score was 149 for New South Wales against Queensland in 1904–05.
In 1946 the England captain Wally Hammond and Major Rupert Howard (Secretary of Lancashire County Cricket Club and MCC tour manager) went to visit Sammy Carter in Sydney. The wicketkeeper of Warwick Armstrong's 1921 Australians, who now used a wheelchair, had donated £1,000 to the restoration of the Old Trafford cricket ground which had been bombed during the war. They wished to give him their personal thanks.
He worked as an undertaker, sometimes coming to matches in a hearse.
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