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John Morris (cricketer)

John Morris
Personal information
Full name John Edward Morris
Born (1964-04-01) 1 April 1964
Crewe, Cheshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 545) 26 July 1990 v India
Last Test 23 August 1990 v India
ODI debut (cap 109) 1 December 1990 v New Zealand
Last ODI 10 January 1991 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
19821993 Derbyshire
1994–1999 Durham
2000–2001 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 3 8 362 350
Runs scored 71 167 21,539 8,362
Batting average 23.66 23.85 37.32 27.06
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 52/104 10/50
Top score 32 63* 229 145
Balls bowled 1,034 81
Wickets 8 1
Bowling average 119.75 66.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/6 1/44
Catches/stumpings 3/– 2/– 156/– 83/–
Source: CricketArchive, 8 May 2014

John Morris (born John Edward Morris, 1 April 1964, Crewe, Cheshire, England)[1] is a former English cricketer, who played for England in three Tests and eight ODIs from 1990 to 1991. He played first-class cricket for Derbyshire from 1982 to 1993, for Durham from 1994 to 1999 and for Nottinghamshire in 2000 and 2001.

The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, commented that Morris was, "a talented and potentially destructive middle-order batsman".[1]


Morris joined Derbyshire in 1980. He made his first class debut in the 1982 season against the touring Pakistanis and remained a consistent first team player for twenty one years.

Morris was picked for the three-match Test series at home against India in 1990. He took three catches in the first match and his highest score was 32 in the second innings of the third Test at the Oval, following on.

Morris was selected for the tour to Australia in 1990–1991, and performed adequately enough in the tour matches scoring an important century against Queensland just before the fourth Test. However, during an up-county tour game against Queensland at Carrara, Morris chose to join former Test captain David Gower in a practical joke that backfired. Gower piloted a small plane over the ground while play was continuing, with Morris as co-pilot. According to some reports, Gower "buzzed" the ground. England management responded by not selecting Morris for any of the Test matches, or indeed any Test match ever again.[1] Both players were fined £1,000, the maximum under the terms of their contract, with Peter Lush and touring captain, Graham Gooch, considered sending the pair home from the tour.[2]

Morris was selected for the end-of-tour One Day International series, his best performance was a top score of 63 not out in the first match at Adelaide, which was not enough to see England to victory. In his seven other ODIs, he only scored 20 or more runs on one occasion. Following the tour, Morris never played representative cricket for England again.

After a long career at Derbyshire, Morris moved to Durham in 1994; in the same year, while playing against Warwickshire, Brian Lara knocked a boundary from a delivery off Morris' bowling as he reached the highest score in first-class cricket history, 501 not out. He moved to Nottinghamshire in 2000 and retired in 2001.

Morris was a stocky, right-handed middle-order batsman and made 21,539 runs in 362 first class matches, including 52 centuries at an average of 37.72. He made 8,362 runs in 350 List A matches, with 10 centuries and an average of 27.06.[3]

Morris was later employed as Head of Cricket at Derbyshire, but was sacked in May 2011, during the club's County Championship match against Essex.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 124.  
  2. ^ Cricinfo – When Gower's tour took off
  3. ^ John Morris at Cricket Archive
  4. ^ Derbyshire part company with coach John Morris

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