Tuesday, May 10

John James Warr (1927-2016) Test Cap No:354

Full name John James Warr
Born July 16, 1927, Ealing, Middlesex
Died May 9, 2016 (aged 88 years 298 days)
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Other Administrator

John James Warr was an English cricketer. He played in two Test matches for England.His Test bowling average remains the worst of any retired English player, but Warr turned it into comic relief in his highly humorous after dinner speeches.

Born at Ealing, Middlesex, England,Warr played for Middlesex as a right-arm fast-medium bowler, in 260 first-class matches between 1949 and 1960. He took 703 wickets for the county at an average of 20.75, with a personal best of 9 for 65. He captained the county in 1959 and 1960. After taking 87 wickets in the 1950 season, which ranked him 32nd on the list of wicket-takers in the first-class season. Warr was selected for the 1950–51 Ashes tour.He played in two of the five Test matches, but only took one wicket, that of Australia's number seven, Ian Johnson, caught behind. In those two matches, he conceded 281 runs, and as of 2013 his bowling average remains the worst of any retired England Test player.According to the 1952 Wisden Cricketer's Almanack Warr "tried hard and cheerfully, but he could not be regarded as Test class."

John in fact in these two Tests took one for 281, which caused a few of us thereafter childishly to hum in his presence the Ancient and Modern Hymn number 281, 'Lead us Heavenly Father, lead us', with emphasis on the lines "Lone and Dreary, Faint and Weary, Through the Desert thou did'st go." In fact, of course, it was J.J. Warr's prime virtue was that he never seemed either faint or weary, on the field or off. Laughter was seldom far away when he was about... – E.W. Swanton

However, he did take 100 first-class wickets twice – in 1956 and 1959, and played a total of 15 matches for the Gentlemen of England.After retirement, he became a leading figure at the Jockey Club and was President of the MCC in 1987–88.Warr died on 9 May 2016, aged 88.

Test Debut Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 5-9, 1951
Last Test Australia v England at Adelaide, Feb 2-8, 1951
First-class Span 1949 - 1960