Jack Cowie

(1912 - 1994)

Jack Cowie
Known as “The Bull”, Cowie was New Zealand’s first great test bowler and ranked with the world’s best.

Wisden called him a wonder of his age after his efforts on the New Zealand tour of England in 1937 and on the following tour in 1949, though past his best, he was still a potent attacking weapon.

Cowie took 45 wickets in nine tests at an average of 21.53, with career-best figures of six for 40 against Australia in the summer of 1945-46. He also took six for 83 against England in New Zealand in 1947.

For all his deeds in tests, among Cowie’s greatest claims to fame was becoming the only New Zealander to dismiss Don Bradman.

That happened in Adelaide in 1937 when the New Zealanders, returning from England, played South Australia. Bradman was out for 11, caught by another Hall of Famer, Eric Tindill, off Cowie.

Cowie later umpired test cricket and was also a soccer administrator, chairing the New Zealand Football Association for several years.
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