Jack Hobbs was cricket’s most prolific batsman. He finished with 61,237 first-class runs and 197 centuries*, most of them stylishly made from the top of the Surrey or England batting orders. And he might have scored many more had the Great War not intervened, or if he hadn’t been inclined to get out shortly after reaching 100 to let someone else have a go. Hobbs was known as “The Master”, and scored consistently throughout a long career that didn’t end till he was past 50. Half his hundreds came when he was over 40, and he remains, at 46 in 1928-29, the oldest man to score a Test century. His opening partnerships with Yorkshire’s Herbert Sutcliffe are part of the game’s rich folklore. Hobbs was also a charming man, and the world of cricket rejoiced in 1953 when he became the first professional cricketer to be knighted. Steven Lynch
Jack Hobbs was a class cricketer of his time. He had 61,237 first class runs to his credit with 197 centuries. He majorly played for Surrey. He scored consistently throughout his career and his tally of scores might be much higher if he was not in a habit of losing his wicket after completing his ton. In 1928-29, he was the oldest man to score a century at the age of 46 years.
Hobbs was self-taught and never coached, but he remembered all his life a piece of advice which his father gave him the only time the pair practiced together, on Jesus College Close. Jack, facing spin bowling from his father, was inclined to stand clear of his stumps. “Don’t draw away,” his father told him. “Standing up to the wicket is all important. If you draw away, you cannot play with a straight bat and the movement may cause you to be bowled off your pads.”
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