Jack Brown (cricketer)


John Thomas Brown (20 August 1869 – 4 November 1904)[1] known as Jack Brown, was an English professional cricketer, who played primarily as a batsman. He was Yorkshire's first great opening batsman, a lineage continued by Herbert Sutcliffe, Len Hutton and Geoffrey Boycott. He took five wickets in an innings on three occasions with his leg breaks, but except in 1901 (when he claimed 57 wickets) he generally bowled little.

Jack Brown
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Brown in the 1890s
Cricket information
International information
National side
Test debut14 December 1894 v Australia
Last Test1 July 1899 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 8 383
Runs scored 470 17,920
Batting average 36.15 30.52
100s/50s 1/1 29/76
Top score 140 311
Balls bowled 35 9,391
Wickets 0 190
Bowling average 29.61
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/51
Catches/stumpings 7/– 230/–
Source: CricInfo, 20 August 2021

County careerEdit

Born in Driffield, Yorkshire,[1][2] Brown made his first-class debut for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1889.[1] Here he formed a successful opening partnership with John Tunnicliffe. From 1895 to 1903, he passed 1,000 runs each season, and in 1897 made his highest score of 311,[1] against Sussex at Bramall Lane, following it up with 300 the following year against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. In this match he added 554 for the first wicket with Tunnicliffe, which was then a record partnership for any wicket. He shared 19 century stands with Tunnicliffe in all. He is the only batsman to have scored two triple hundreds for Yorkshire. In 1900, he made 163 to help the Players to a startling two-wicket victory over the Gentlemen, successfully chasing a huge target of 501.

International careerEdit

Brown's form in 1894 was such to earn him both a mention as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1895, and a Test debut against Australia at Sydney in 1894/95. He kept his place for all five Test matches, and after England has suffered a crushing innings defeat in the fourth Test (also at Sydney) the teams went into the fifth and final Test at Melbourne with the series level at 2–2. Needing 297 to win, England fell to 28/2, but then Brown and Albert Ward put on 210 before Brown was out for 140, his only Test century. Brown reached his 50 in 28 minutes – still a record – and 100 in 91, then the fastest Test century. England won the game by six wickets and the Ashes 3–2.[3][4] He was the first batsman in test history to score a test century in the 4th innings of a test match[5][6][7][8]

Brown played only three more Tests, all against the Australians – two in 1896 and one in 1899 – although many judges (not least Wisden) felt that he was unlucky not to be selected for the 1897/98 Ashes tour. He continued to bat productively for Yorkshire for several more seasons, but in 1904 he played just two matches, both in May, against Cambridge University and Leicestershire before a heart condition forced his retirement.


Brown's health continued to worsen, and later that year he died in a medical home in Pimlico, London at the age of 35. Heavy smoking had contributed to asthma and heart problems. The cause of death was given as heart failure and "congestion of the brain".


He is not to be confused with another John Thomas Brown, who played less frequently for Yorkshire over a similar time span. For clarity, subject of this article is often described as Brown, J. T. (Driffield), the other as Brown, J. T. (Darfield).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 365. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4.
  2. ^ "John Brown – Player Profile – Test Cricket". www.howstat.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  3. ^ "The Match of the Century". Cricinfo. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. ^ "5th Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 1–6, 1895 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. ^ "HowSTAT! Test Cricket – Players Scoring a Century in 4th Innings". www.howstat.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Scorecard – 1894–1895 The Ashes – 5th Test – Melbourne – 01/03/1895". www.howstat.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Brown under". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Big-time brutality". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2017.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Jack Brown (cricketer) at Wikimedia Commons
  • Jack Brown at ESPNcricinfo