One of cricket’s greatest all-rounders in the early years of the 20th century, Aubrey Faulkner was an unconventional but hugely effective batter and one of the first leg-spinners to master the art of the googly. Faulkner scored 1754 runs and took 82 wickets across his 25 Tests for South Africa.
Born on 17 December, 1881, Aubrey Faulkner was one of South Africa’s earliest cricket heroes, representing the nation 25 times across an 18-year career that featured 118 first-class appearances.
Among the greatest all-rounders in the early 20th century, Faulkner was an unconventional but hugely effective batter and one the first leg-spinners to master the art of the googly.
Faulkner notched four centuries and four five-wicket hauls in his international career. He became just the second player to claim a five-for and score a ton in the same Test in 1910 against England at Johannesburg.
He made history later that year by becoming the first South African to score a Test double-century, making a career-best 204 against Australia at the MCG.
With the ball – the craft with which he first broke into professional cricket - his best effort was a famous haul of 7/84 against England at the Oval in 1912.
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