Legend Profiles > Sir Jack Hobbs
Sir Jack Hobbs
- Date of Birth: 16.12.1882
- Bats: Right-hand
- Bowls: Unknown
The leading scorer in the history of first-class cricket, John Berry Hobbs - the eldest of 12 children - was a classy opener who garnered the nickname 'The Master'.
In a career that spanned 29 years with an interruption due to World War I, the Cambridge-born batsman amassed 61,670 runs for Surrey and England.
No one has beaten his mark of 197 centuries either and his efforts out in the middle resulted in him becoming the first player to receive a Knighthood.
His achievements were quite remarkable considering he played in an age of uncovered pitches and when the domestic structure in England was so very different.
His international career saw him play in 61 Tests and tour Australia on no fewer than five occasions. He forged a legendary opening stand with Yorkshire's Herbert Sutcliffe, the pair combining to plunder runs against all opponents.
Although known as someone who often perished soon after reaching three figures, Hobbs managed a highest score of 316 - his Test best effort was 211, made against South Africa at Lord's.
During the war he served in the Royal Flying Corps as an air mechanic, while he remained connected with cricket after hanging up his boots, becoming a journalist. He died in 1963 in Sussex at the age of 81.
In 2000 Hobbs was named by Wisden as one of their five cricketers of the century, the only Englishman to make the illustrious list.
International Career Stats:
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