Alick Bannerman did as much for Australian cricket as any man who has ever played the game," wrote the Daily Telegraph. "He was noted for his ability to play the 'rock' and on a memorable occasion in Melbourne - in January 1892 to be precise - he occupied the creases for 8 1/4 hours
for 86 runs...Few of the old school of cricket lovers will forget the earlier partnerships of the Bannerman brothers - the brilliant, dashing Charlie at one end, helping himself to a plentitude of runs, while the stolid,patient, heart-breaking general worried tired bowlers at the other." "Wearisome to the spectators, he was a 'stonewaller' of extraordinary patience who wore out the bowlers," records the Australian Dictionary of Biography. "He became the most famous (or infamous) of all Australian stone wallers," writes Brian Crowley in A History of Australian Batting 1850-1986. " W.G. Grace claimed that Alick Bannerman was 'a treasure to his side but tedius to watch.
A right-hand opening batsman, and right-hand medium-pace roundarm bowler, Alick was only 5ft 5 ins. in height, but won many matches for Austialia and New South Wales with his A right-hand opening batsman, and right-hand medium-pace roundarm bowler, AUck was only 5ft 5 ins. in height, but won many matches for Australia and New South Wales with his
unique brand of stubborn defence. "Bannerman had very strong forearms and a powerful back. Everything about him was disciplined except his droopy moustache," writes Jack Pollard He was in the side that beat England at Lord's in 1878 in an afternoon, played in the first Test in England at The Oval in 1880 and was in the 1882 team that beat England at The Oval by seven runs. Bannerman's catch to dismiss W.G. Grace proved the turning point of that epic struggle. His opening partner in the first Ashes win of 1882 was Hugh Massie (q.v.). Bannerman did however, make six centuries in first-class cricket.He was a
member of the Paddington Cricket Club for many years, and official coach to the N.S.W Cricket Association, and devoted much time to the coaching of schoolboys.
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