Jack Fingleton

Cricketer + End + Batter
Hometown Waverley, New Sou...
Death Place St Leonards, New ...

John "Jack" Henry Webb Fingleton OBE was an Australian cricketer who was trained as a journalist and became a political and cricket commentator after the end of his playing career. A stubborn opening batsman known for his dour defensive approach, he scored five Test centuries, representing Australia in 18 Tests between 1932 and 1938.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Fingleton.


1908 Birth Born in 1908.
1913 5 Years Old In 1913, at the age of five, Fingleton's father was elected into state parliament as a representative of the centre left, labour-union oriented Australian Labor Party, and the family moved into a larger house. … Read More
1917 9 Years Old In 1917, the family fell upon hard times when the elder Fingleton lost his seat and resumed his job as a tram driver, but in 1918 contracted tuberculosis. The father succumbed in 1920 when Jack was twelve, and the funeral director was Australian Test wicket-keeper Sammy Carter. … Read More


1928 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After making his first-grade debut in Sydney district cricket at the age of 16, he made his first-class debut for New South Wales at the age of 20 in 1928 - 29. … Read More
1930 22 Years Old In 1930 - 31, aged 22, Fingleton regained his position at the start of the Sheffield Shield season for New South Wales, and first came to prominence when he withstood a ferocious opening spell against the express pace of Eddie Gilbert in Brisbane against Queensland. … Read More
1931 23 Years Old In 1931 - 32, Fingleton capitalised on illnesses to teammates to gain a regular position for New South Wales and then make his debut for Australia. … Read More
1933 25 Years Old Fingleton had a prolific 1933 - 34 Australian season in which he scored 655 runs at 59.54 with two centuries and four fifties. … Read More
Fingleton was dropped after this Test, and was controversially overlooked for the 1934 tour of England despite strong performances for New South Wales. … Read More
1935 27 Years Old As a result of his performances, Fingleton was recalled to the Test team for the tour of South Africa in 1935 - 36, where he partnered Brown at the top of the innings. … Read More
1936 28 Years Old The following 1936 - 37 season in Australia, saw more success for Fingleton, although with the return of Bradman as captain, team harmony became strained. … Read More


Fingleton finished his season with 66, 1, 47 and 109 in two warm-up matches for the Australian team against Western Australia before they headed to England for the 1938 Ashes series.
1939 31 Years Old In 1939 - 40, Fingleton had another quiet season with only 39 runs at 6.50 in three matches. … Read More
1941 33 Years Old After the start of World War II, he enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force in November 1941 in the artillery. … Read More
1942 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The wedding went ahead in January 1942 after Philippa agreed to convert and Fingleton fitted in easily with his in-laws' left-wing orientation. … Read More


1949 41 Years Old This angered Bradman, who wrote in his 1949 book Farewell to Cricket in reply to Fingleton, claiming that as Fingleton was an inferior batsman, his record gave him "scarcely any authority to criticise my methods." … Read More


1976 68 Years Old …  In 1976, he was awarded an OBE for services "to journalism and to cricket".
1979 71 Years Old He was the subject of three appearances in 1979 and 1980 on Parkinson's TV interview show. … Read More
1981 73 Years Old Died in 1981.
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