Frank Hayes - England - Test Profile 1973-76

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Date: 01 May 1978

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      Friday, 06 December 1946
      Preston, Lancashire
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Frank HAYES - England - Test Profile 1973-76


 Frank Hayes of Lancashire was the great hope of English batting in the mid-1970s: the first one of his generation to blossom after a period when English batting seemed on the decline. He was the first young enough to wear the long hair which was fashionable at the time. Hayes was a pleasant stroke-maker, particularly strong on the lofted drive down the ground, but he had little chance to show that because every one of his Test matches was played against the West Indies. He made his debut at the Oval in 1973, scoring 16 in the first innings but taking command with 106 not out in the second, made in exactly four hours and with a dozen boundaries. He excited the crowd by the way he hooked the fast bowlers, but his innings was played in a losing cause. He made 29 and 0 at Edgbaston and 8 and 0 at Lord's, but he had done enough to get himself a berth in Mike Denness' team to the West Indies early the next year. In the Caribbean he played in four Tests but with a top score of just 25. He was not considered again until England were in trouble against an even stronger West Indies team in 1976. He returned at Old Trafford, making 0 and 18, then 7 and 0 in the next Test and that was the end of his international career. Hayes played in the first World Cup in 1975, scoring 34 at Trent Bridge against New Zealand before he was out lbw to Richard Hadlee. He scored 52 against East Africa at Edgbaston and was lbw to Garry Gilmour for 4 in the semi-final. He captained Lancashire from 1978 to 1980 and followed in the footsteps of Gary Sobers by torturing Malcolm Nash at Swansea, hitting 34 off an over in a county match in 1973. (Bob Harragan).

Date Test Venue Opp. 1st 2nd Ct Result
26/07/73 1 The Oval WI 16 106* 1 lost by 158 runs
09/08/73 2 Birmingham WI 29 0 1 Match Drawn
23/08/73 3 Lord's WI 8 0 0 lost by an inns & 226 runs
02/02/74 1 Port-of-Spain WI 12 8 2 lost by 7 wickets
16/02/74 2 Kingston WI 10 0 0 Match Drawn
22/03/74 4 Georgetown WI 6 dnb 0 Match Drawn
30/03/74 5 Port-of-Spain WI 24 0 0 won by 26 runs
08/07/76 3 Manchester WI 0 18 1 lost by 425 runs
22/07/76 4 Leeds WI 7 0 2 lost by 55 runs
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct
9 244 106* 15.25 1 0 0 - n/a 0 7