John Selby

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John Selby
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat (RHB)
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 6 222
Runs scored 256 6,215
Batting average 23.27 18.83
100s/50s 0/2 4/27
Top score 70 128*
Balls bowled 0 436
Wickets 0 5
Bowling average n/a 37.60
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling n/a 2/27
Catches/stumpings 1/0 228/4
Source: [1]

John Selby (1 July 1849 in Nottingham – 11 March 1894 in Nottingham) played cricket professionally for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club between 1870 and 1887. In 1878, he headed the English cricket averages with 938 runs at average of 31.82.

He toured Australia in 1876-77 and 1881-82, playing a total of six Test matches on those tours, and he toured North America in 1879.

John Selby played in the 1st ever Test Match that started in Melbourne on 15-Mar-1877. He was No: 2 Bat and acting wicket-keeper. The actual wicket-keeper was in Jail in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australia won the toss and elected to bat so John Selby made his Test debut as a wicket-keeper. He kept wicket for a day and a half without success. He opened England's Innings with Harry Jupp but was soon out on 7. On the 4th day England needed 154 runs to win and Captain Lillywhite, junior dropped Selby to No: 5 in the order. This worked as John topped scored with 38. This was the 3rd best Innings score of the match. England were all out for 108 and lost by 45 runs.

Selby went on to become a pub landlord, but his financial dealings were unsuccessful and led to a run-in with the law. He died after suffering a paralytic stroke in Nottingham General Hospital in 1894. He had a wife, Annie.

His name was registered at birth as John Burrows.