Keith Andrew

Keith Andrew

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Keith Vincent Andrew (15 December 1929 – 27 December 2010) was an English cricketer who played in two Tests, in 1954-55 and in 1963.

Life and career

Born in Greenacres, Oldham, Lancashire, Andrew was a fine wicketkeeper who might have played more times for England, but for the fact that his batting was never more than adequate, and his career coincided with that of Godfrey Evans. He was recruited out of the Lancashire League by Northamptonshire and became the county's regular wicketkeeper in 1954. He was a success straight away, and Wisden 's 1955 edition noted that he was "above the ordinary, a very quick perception enabling him to seize almost every chance".

Andrew was chosen as the second string wicketkeeper to Godfrey Evans, on the 1954-55 MCC tour of Australia and New Zealand, and found himself in the Test team for the first match of the tour at Brisbane when Evans was affected by sunstroke. The Test was a disaster for England: captain Leonard Hutton put the Australians in to bat and they proceeded to make 601 before declaring and winning the match by an innings and 154 runs. A lacklustre fielding performance contributed to the defeat, and Andrew was not innocent: he dropped Arthur Morris off Alec Bedser before he had scored, and Morris went on to make 153.

Evans recovered in time for the second Test, and had one of his best series, so Andrew...
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