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Arthur Gilligan (23 December 1894 – 5 September 1976) was an English first-class cricketer who captained the England cricket team nine times in 1924 and 1925, winning four Test matches, losing four and drawing one. In first-class cricket, he played mainly for Cambridge University and Sussex, and captained the latter team between 1922 and 1929. A fast bowler and hard-hitting lower order batsman, Gilligan completed the double in 1923 and was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year for 1924. As a captain, Gilligan was well-liked by players and commentators, although many did not believe he was an effective tactician. During his playing days, Gilligan was a member of the British Fascists, and it is possible he helped to establish small fascist groups in Australia when he captained the England team there during the 1924–25 tour. As the Marylebone Cricket Club president during England's 1968–69 tour of South Africa, he played a part in the D'Oliveira affair. (Full article...)