William Cooper (cricketer)

William Henry Cooper (11 September 1849 – 5 April 1939) was an English-born Australian cricketer who played in two Test matches, one in each of 1881 and 1884. He took six wickets on debut in the second innings against England in Melbourne in 1882.[1]

William Cooper
William Henry Cooper c1884.jpg
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Henry Cooper
Born(1849-09-11)11 September 1849
Maidstone, Kent, England
Died5 April 1939(1939-04-05) (aged 89)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
BattingRight-handed
BowlingLeg break
RelationsPaul Sheahan (great-grandson)
International information
National side
Test debut31 December 1881 v England
Last Test12 December 1884 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1878/79–1886/87Victoria
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 2 26
Runs scored 13 247
Batting average 6.50 10.29
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 7 46
Balls bowled 446 3,162
Wickets 9 71
Bowling average 25.11 24.49
5 wickets in innings 1 5
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6/120 7/37
Catches/stumpings 1/– 16/–
Source: CricketArchive, 23 October 2010

Born and raised in Kent, he came to Australia as an adult and did not start playing competitive cricket until the age of 27. He returned to England as part of Billy Murdoch's 1884 tour.

A handy leg-break bowler, he was also noted for his services to Victorian Cricket where after his playing days he served as a state selector and later as vice president of the Victorian Cricket Association.

His great-grandson, Paul Sheahan, also played Test cricket for Australia.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1st Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1881 – Jan 4, 1882". espncricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  2. ^ "The original Indian hero". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2019.

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