Jack Fingleton

Australian Cricketer and Journalist
Born Apr 28, 1908

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 on April 28, 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 - 1931 2 More Events
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
1937 29 Years Old Fingleton followed up with 862 runs at 50.70 in the 1937–38 domestic season, with two centuries and six fifties. … 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 - 1941 2 More Events
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
1946 38 Years Old …  Fingleton finished his book Cricket Crisis in 1946 but it was rejected by the publishers Collins, who had already published a book by Ray Robinson named Between Wickets on the same topic. … 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 74 Years Old Died on November 22, 1981.
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