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Jack Saunders (Australian cricketer)

Jack Saunders
Saunders in about 1900
Personal information
Born21 March 1876
Melbourne, Australia
Died21 December 1927 (aged 51)
Toorak, Victoria, Australia
BowlingLeft-arm medium
Slow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 83)14 February 1902 v England
Last Test21 February 1908 v England
Domestic team information
1899–1900 to 1909–10Victoria
1910–11 to 1913–14Wellington
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 14 107
Runs scored 39 586
Batting average 2.29 4.76
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 11* 29*
Balls bowled 3,565 24,116
Wickets 79 553
Bowling average 22.73 21.81
5 wickets in innings 6 48
10 wickets in match 0 9
Best bowling 7/34 8/106
Catches/stumpings 5/0 71/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 29 May 2019

John Victor Saunders (21 March 1876 – 21 December 1927) was an Australian cricketer who played in 14 Test matches between 1902 and 1908. On his Test debut, he took five wickets in the second innings against England in Sydney.[1] He went on to take 79 Test wickets.[2]

Jack Saunders was a medium-paced left-arm spin bowler. The sharp flick of the wrist he used in his delivery gave rise to doubts about its legality, and although he was never called for throwing, these doubts may have prevented his selection for more than one tour of England.[3] His best Test figures were 7 for 34, when he bowled unchanged to dismiss South Africa for 83 in the Second Test at Johannesburg in 1902-03.[4] His best first-class figures were 8 for 106 (13 for 194 in the match) for Victoria against South Australia a few months later.[5] He had an outstanding season in England in 1902, taking 123 wickets at an average of 16.95, taking five or more wickets in an innings 10 times.[6]

After the 1909–10 Australian season Saunders moved to New Zealand, where worked as coach and groundsman to the Wellington Cricket Association.[3] He played first-class cricket for Wellington for four seasons, and represented New Zealand in one match against the touring Australian team in 1913–14.[7]


  1. ^ "4th Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 14–18, 1902". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Jack Saunders". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b The Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket, Oxford, Melbourne, 1996, p. 461.
  4. ^ "2nd Test, Australia tour of South Africa at Johannesburg, Oct 18-21 1902". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  5. ^ "South Australia v Victoria 1902-03". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  6. ^ "First-class Bowling in Each Season by Jack Saunders". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  7. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Jack Saunders". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 April 2020.

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