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Snow, John A
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Test: 1965 - 1976
ODI: 1971 - 1975
First Class: 1961 - 1977
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John Snow at his extreme best

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John Snow: Strike bowler was key in regaining Ashes

Snow, John A

John Snow was born on October 13, 1941 in Peopleton, Worcestershire. He was a moody right arm fast bowler who was the son of a vicar.

Snow made his Test debut in 1965 against New Zealand at Lords. It also turned out to be legendary paceman Fred Trueman's last. 

After being surprisingly overlooked for the 1965/66 Ashes tour, Snow forced his way back into the England side against the 1966 West Indies side with a match haul 11-47 for Sussex against the tourists on the eve of the third Test. England lost the series 3-1 but won the final Test by an innings thanks to an unbeaten 59 Snow scored in the first innings. He and Ken Higgs put on 128 for the tenth wicket, still the highest partnership in Test cricket between numbers ten and eleven.

On the 1969 to tour to the West Indies, Snow picked up a record 27 wickets in a closely fought out series.

Snow's finest series was the 1970/71 Ashes battle. England under Ray Illingworth regained the Ashes eventually prevailed 2-0. Snow took 31 wickets at 22.83 runs including a match winning 7-40 in Sydney. The final match of the series in Sydney was acrimonious. There was unruly crowd behaviour and Snow was assaulted by a spectator. There was a team walk-off, there were recriminations for Snow when a bouncer floored tailender Terry Jenner.

Snow’s last three Tests came against West Indies in 1976. He couldn’t prevent Clive Lloyd’s men making Tony Greig eat his words, but took 15 wickets at 28.

Snow played 49 Tests taking 202 wickets at an average of 26.66. In 9 ODIs, he took 14 wkts at 16.57.

He made a brief return to play in Packer's World Series rebel competition in 1977/78. After retirement, he ran a successful travel agency.

Snow had many infamous run ins with his captains. He was aloof and rebellious in nature. But he never once abused or sledged a batsman.

Source: CricketCrowd Staff Reporter

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