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Bert Oldfield

William Albert Stanley Oldfield

Wisden cricketer of the year in 1927, he was a classy wicketkeeper who filled the position for most of the years between the World Wars, Bert Oldfield was born in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria on September 9th 1894.

Date Event
1915 Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, serving with the 15th Field Ambulance.
1919 Came to the selectors attention as a member of the AIF team.
1919/20 Played for NSW in the Sheffield Shield.
1920/21 Made his Test debut in the First Test against England at the SCG, sharing ‘keeping duties with Hanson Carter until Carter’s retirement at the end of the series.
1922 Opened a sports store in George Street Sydney, becoming a successful businessman.
1927 Named Wisden’s Cricketer of the Year.
1933 A capable batsmen, Oldfield was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a ball from England’s Harold Larwood during the controversial Adelaide Test of the infamous “Bodyline” series.
1936/37 His last Test match for Australia was the 5th Test against England in Melbourne.
1921-37 Oldfield had made 130 dismissals in 54 Tests, including 52 stumpings.
1938 Published “Behind The Wicket”.
1939 Commissioned a Lieutenant in the 17th Battalion.
1941 Promoted to Captain.
1943 Promoted to Major.
1954 Published “The Rattle of the Stumps”.
1970 Awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).
1976 August 10th – Died in the Sydney suburb of Killara.
International Test Batting Record
Matches
Innings
Runs
Not Out
Avg
Strike Rate
54
80
1427
17
22.65
Not Available
100s
50s
Highest
Ducks
Bogey Man
Dismissal
0
4
65
9
Tate (9)
Caught (20)
International Test Fielding Record
Catches
Stumped
Total
78
52
130

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