Cricket, originating in the 16th century, is one of the most popular British sports. England has seventeen professional county clubs and Wales has one. The eighteen first class counties make up the top hierarchy of cricket teams. Even though cricket is extremely popular in England, the game is now played worldwide and in several countries such as South Africa, India, and Pakistan. In England, cricket mostly focuses on county championships, however, traditional village cricket is still played on the regular. Over the years, British cricketers have made the game what it is today. Here are some of the most famous British cricket players of all time.
Fred Trueman, active from 1948 until 1968, was the first bowler ever in Test Cricket to take 300 wickets. Trueman played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and also England, and was said to be one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket. Trueman participated in 603 first class matches, and 67 of those being Test matches. He was also a great fielder and good batsman, and in 1951, was awarded a Yorkshire county cap. Trueman passed away in 2006 in West Yorkshire, England.
Sydney Barnes was known as one of the best bowlers of all time. Barnes was a right handed bowler and played for England in Test Cricket. He also participated in first class cricket where he played for Warwickshire and Lancashire. He participated in 27 test cricket matches from 1901 until 1914, and took 189 wickets, which was a pretty low average. However, in 1912, he went on to help England win the Ashes and took 34 wickets in the game against Australia. Barnes passed away at age 94 in 1967.
Sir Len Hutton
England’s first professional Test captain, Sir Len Hutton, played as opening batsman for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1934 and 1955. Hutton was one of their greatest batsmen in history. Hutton also played for Egland in Test matches, and set a record for the highest individual innings in a single Test match in 1938. Hutton was captain of the England Test team in 1952 for three years. He was involved in someway in cricket up until 1990 and even became president of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Hutton passed away in 1990 in London, England.
Graham Gooch is a former first class cricketer who was captain of Essex and England. He is looked at as one of the most successful international batsmen of his time. Gooch’s all time collection of 8900 runs still remains the second most among any other British batsman in the traditional game of cricket. Graham was always praised for his fitness and amazing work ethic. After 118 Tests, at age 42, he retired into coaching and eventually became a commentator, and then went on to get inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame.