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JOHN JAMES ‘JJ’ FERRIS
John-James-FerrisYear Made Test Debut: 1887Number of Tests: 9 (inc 1 English)Date and Location Died: 17th Nov 1900, Durban (South Africa)

‘JJ’ Ferris was born on 21st May 1867 in Sydney, Australia. He was a left arm swing bowler with a lovely high action that he perfected while playing for Sydney’s Belvedere Club and NSW. Ferris made his debut for Australia on 28th January 1887 v England at the SCG. England were bowled out in the first innings for only 45 runs and Ferris finished with first innings figures of 4/27. Unfortunately for the Australian’s the English came back stronger in the second innings to defeat Australia by 13 runs. He was then the youngest of the Australian touring party to England in 1888 where he took a nine wicket haul. In 1889 he was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

During the 1890 Australian tour to England he secured a contract playing for Gloucestershire which saw him settle there and play one Test for the English v South Africa. This was to be his final Test which was played in Cape Town, South Africa 19th to 22nd March 1892. He took 13/91 during the match. Upon his return to Australia he played one Sheffield Shield game for South Australia where he opened the batting but was out for nought. He then returned to the NSW team where he really wasn’t considered a bowler anymore.
Ferris enlisted in the British Army for service in the Boer War and on the 17th November 1900 aged only 33 Ferris died of enteric fever (typhoid) in Durban, South Africa whilst serving with his Light Horse Regiment.

Test Match Statistics:
Runs: 114
Av. 8.76
HS. 20*
Wkts 61
Econ 2.01
BB(Innings) 7/37

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