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Rhodes, Wilfred
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Kirkheaton, Yorks.
Test: 1899 - 1930
First Class: 1898 - 1930
England (Country)
Yorkshire Carnegie (Regional)

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Wilfred Rhodes: Oldest Test player, top notch allrounder

Rhodes, Wilfred

Born : 29 October 1877 at North Moor, Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England
Died : 8 July 1973 at Branksome Park, Dorset, England

Wilfred Rhodes was a Yorkshireman with extraordinary longevity in the game. He was still playing Test cricket into his fifties and is the only man to appear in over 1 000 first-class matches.

As an all-rounder he was a solid right-handed batsman and skillful left-arm spinner who used variations of flight to beat the bat. He is one of the few men to have batted in all 11 positions in the order in Tests, although many of his innings were as an opener.

The 1903/04 series in Australia was his most successful with the ball, taking 31 wickets at an average of 15.74.

In 1926, Rhodes was recalled for the final Test of the Ashes series. The series was 0-0 with just the Oval match to play. He took 4-44 in Australia's second innings to seal victory and the series.

His final Test cricket was played in the Caribbean in early 1930 at the age of 52 - surely a record that will stand forever.

He scored 39,802 first-class runs and is the leading wicket-taker in first-class cricket with over 4187 scalps.

In retirement, Rhodes coached Harrow school. He went blind in later life, but would still attend games and follow them by ear. Neville Cardus summed him up perfectly: "He was Yorkshire cricket personified".

Source: CricketCrowd Staff Reporter 

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