Sir Jack Hobbs’ career in numbers

On the occasion of Jack Hobbs’ 135th birth anniversary, we look at the numbers from his marathon career.

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Sir Jack Hobbs remains as the most prolific batsman in the cricket history who set the records for the most runs and most hundreds during his 28-year first-class cricket career. Hobbs was successful at replicating his first-class numbers in the Test arena as the great man scored over 5000 runs at an average of 56.94 which was the highest during his times.

On the occasion of Jack Hobbs’ 135th birth anniversary, we look at the numbers from his marathon career:

56.37 – Jack Hobbs’ batting average as an opener in Test cricket is the 2nd highest for any opener with 5000 Test runs. Hobbs scored 5130 runs in 97 Test innings as an opener with 14 centuries. Len Hutton averaged 56.47 as an opener in this format.

56.94 – Hobbs’s Test batting average of 56.94 is overall the 8th highest and 3rd highest for an England player with 5000 runs. He aggregated 5410 runs in his career in 102 innings with 15 hundreds and 28 fifties.

199 – Hobbs’ 199 hundreds in the first-class cricket are the most for any player in the history of the format. Patsy Hendren scored 170 centuries in his FC career. Hobbs’ 199 hundreds are also the most for any player in professional cricket as Graeme Hick comes next to him with 178 tons.

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834 – Number of first-class matches Hobbs featured in his 29-year career between 1905 and 1934. Only three players featured in more FC games than Hobbs.

61760 – Jack Hobbs’ 61760 runs are the most for any player in the first-class history. Frank Woolley comes next to Hobbs with 58958 runs. Including List A and T20 runs, Hobbs’ runs are only behind Graham Gooch (67057) and Graeme Hick (64372).

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16 – Despite scoring tons and tons of runs, Hobbs couldn’t occupy the top lists in the double centuries. He managed to score 16 double tons in his career which are the joint 6th most any player. His only FC triple ton came for Surrey against Middlesex in 1926 where he scored an unbeaten 316.


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