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Jack Ryder (cricketer)

Jack Ryder
Personal information
Full name John Ryder
Born (1889-08-08)8 August 1889
Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Died 3 April 1977(1977-04-03) (aged 87)
Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Nickname The King of Collingwood
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Role All-rounder
Domestic team information
Years Team
1912–1932 Victoria
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC
Matches 20 177
Runs scored 1394 10499
Batting average 51.62 44.29
100s/50s 3/9 24/55
Top score 201* 295
Balls bowled 1897 15481
Wickets 17 237
Bowling average 43.70 29.80
5 wickets in innings 0 9
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 2/20 7/53
Catches/stumpings 17/0 132/0
Source: CricketArchive, 29 February 2008

John "Jack" Ryder, MBE (8 August 1889 — 3 April 1977) was a cricketer who played for Victoria and Australia.

Born in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, Ryder was known as the "King of Collingwood" for his long association with the local cricket team. An all-rounder, he claimed 612 wickets and scored 12,677 runs in 338 district matches, a record that has never been approached. However, he is best known for being Don Bradman's first test captain and for having a test average in excess of Allan Border's.


  • Career 1
  • Selector 2
  • Statistics and legacy 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Ryder at the crease

He played in four series against England and one against South Africa. In 1921–22, he averaged more than 100 in a series against South Africa. Ryder was an aggressive batsman and strong on the drive. He was also a useful medium-pace bowler. His best performance was an innings of 201 not out against England, made in six and half hours at Adelaide in 1924–25. This included century partnerships of 134 (with Tommy Andrews) and 108 (with Bert Oldfield). He made 88 in the second innings.

In 1926–27, he made his highest first-class score of 295 (in four hours) for Victoria against New South Wales, in a world record team total of 1,107. Ryder smashed six sixes, including two in three balls, and was out attempting to hit another six to bring up his triple century. For over 50 years after his retirement, he held the record for games played and runs scored in Melbourne District Cricket, before being passed by district stalwart John Scholes.

Ryder's bowling brought him 150 wickets for Victoria and 805 in all grades and he was an outstanding fieldsman, who once caught five English batsman in a Test innings.


Ryder's career as an Australia team selector was unusual. As Test captain, he was on the selection panel for the 1930 Ashes tour of England, but was out-voted for a place on the team, and the captaincy passed to Bill Woodfull. In 1946, he was made a selector again and held the post for 23 years, forming a long association with Sir Donald Bradman and Chappie Dwyer.

Statistics and legacy

Jack Ryder's career performance graph.

The medal for the outstanding player of the season in Melbourne Premier Cricket is named in his honour, and was first presented in 1973–74.

He remains the only Test cricketer to be run out in both innings of his debut Test match.[1] Ryder was also the first Australian to complete a Test Career of more than 20 innings with a batting average over 50.00.

He was the oldest former player present at the Centenary Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1977. He died just weeks after the match.

See also

  • Cricinfo Article on Jack Ryder


  1. ^  
Preceded by
Warren Bardsley
Australian Test cricket captains
Succeeded by
Bill Woodfull
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