ICC Hall of Fame

Peter May
Inducted: 2009 | Career: 1951 - 1961


ENGUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Considered one of the most stylish players of his era, Peter May backed up his style with substance, scoring 4,537 Test runs at an average of 46.77. He hit 13 centuries in the format, including a highest score of 285* against West Indies.

Player Bio

Born on December 31, 1929, Peter May was an English cricketer, who played for Surrey, Cambridge University and England. He made his Test debut against South Africa on July 26, 1951, and went on to play 66 Test matches, scoring 4,537 runs at 46.77, and 388 first-class matches, where he scored 27,592 runs at an average of 51. He was one of the foremost English batsmen in the 1950s, regarded highly because of his run-scoring feats as well as his stylish strokeplay, appearing to exert no effort as he took on the fastest bowlers of his time. He was a key cog in the Surrey wheel that won the English domestic championship every year between 1952 and 1958 and later captained England in 41 Tests, winning 20 and losing only ten. May passed away on December 27, 1994.

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31 Dec 1929
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Date of debut:
26 Jul 1951