(5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an English cricketer
who played 190 first-class cricket
matches for three English county cricket
. He is now best known for launching the eponymous Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
in 1864, the year after he retired from first-class cricket.
Wisden was born at 24 Crown Street, Brighton
, but moved to London
after his father William died.
Although of moderate height (5 ft 6 in), Wisden was said to be the best all-rounder of his day. He made his first-class debut for Sussex in 1845 aged 18, weighing only 7 stone
. Initially a fast round-arm bowler, his pace slowed in later years. While bowling fast, he took on average nearly 10 wickets
in every game. In 1850, playing for the South against the North at Lord's
, he took all 10 wickets in the second innings, all clean bowled (still the only instance of all ten wickets being taken "bowled" in any first-class match).
In all, he took 1,109 first-class wickets with a bowling average
of 10.32 He was also a fine batsman (4,140 first-class runs with a batting average
of 14.12, an average which was very good for the time). He scored only two centuries, the first in 1849 and the second was the only century scored in 1855.
He played almost all of his cricket in England, including many games in the County Championship
, but he travelled with a touring team led by George Parr