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It is the intention of A. H. Fisher to leave for Australia by the Tarawera, which sails for Melbourne on the Sin November. That he goes with the best wishes of the great majority of Otago cricketers is certain. True, there are some who feel convinced that Ranjitsinhji will improve his batting average considerably at Fisher's expense—those balls he does not lose altogether he will knock completely out of shape. The same gentlemen assert that the Australians, when playing against Otago last could have made as many runs as wished, and they would just an readily ■fteciatc the merits of Grace and Riohardthey local productions. It HHM he futile to try and convince these |^W al " supporter?, but, given a fair show, HVeel confident that the bowling, aye, and Riding too, of the New Zealand representative will not be the worst seen on the Sydney ground. As our readers are aware, Major Wardill, when he invited Fisher over, gave him no guarantee that he would be selected, but at the same time stated that if it came to a choice between a bowler and a batsman the former had the best show of being chosen. The statement by the Christchurch 'Press's' correspondent that Victoria wished to play cur left-hander in their intercolonial match with South Australia on the 13th November is proof that if New Zealand has a representative in the test match against Stoddart's team on the 11th December that representative has been selected on merit alone. It 13 not likely that South Australia will object to Fisher's inclusion in the Victorian team, seeing that neither Victoria nor New South Wales raised any objection to Ferris (who had nreviously represented New South Wales) playing for the Wheatfielders when he returned from the Home Country. Murdoch, al?o, was reintroduced into the New South Wales team for one season, even though it was known he was only out from England on a visit, and had therefore severed all connection with the game in Australia. When Stoddart's team were in Australia three seasons ago the attacking power was generally admitted to be Australia's weak point, and it is doubtful if it is as good to-day. Giffen says lie will not play, A. K Trott is in South Africa, and neither Turner nor Ferris—judged by last season's form—are as deadly as they were. The number of first-class'bowlers is limited, and Fisher's chance of being one of the eleven is decidedly bright. If chosen we know he will do his best, and we can only reiterate the good wishes and hope his bitting average will always be high and his bowling low. The subject of this article was born in 1871, so that he is only in his twenty-sixth year. Fisher fiist represented Otago against Canterbury in the season of 1889-90. It was in 1893, however, that he really made his mark, when, as a member of the Otago team which toured the colony under F. Harper's captaincy, he was at the head of both the batting and bowling averages. His highest scgw during the tour was against Auckland. When Fisher went in six Otago wickets had fallen for 28 runs. He at once commenced to hit with determination, and soon had 50 to his credit, made up of four 4's, six 3's, five 2's, and only six singles. This, baoked up bv the effnvta r.f Croxford (24) and Johnston (24) enabled Otaeo tn win' by eight wickets. Next season (1894) Fisher "Btruck a bad patch " and was not nearly so successful his six visits to the wickets only producing 28 runs, while his twelve wicketa cost him 11 runs each. Ho opened the season of 1895 against New South Wales, and took six wickets for 33 runs in the first inning?, and three out of the four that fell for 42 in the second. It was as orfe of the fonr Otago representatives in the New South Wales v. New Zealand match at Christchurch ten days later that Fisher proved what a really good player he is. For the New Zealand team he scored 59 runs for once out, and in the Cornstalks' second inpingstookfive wickets for 20 runs. His doings of last season—seven wickets for 11 runs in the OUgo-Canterbury match, ninf> for 59 against Queensland, and eleven for 78 against the Australian Elevenare, no doubt, fresh in the memories of all wiio take an interest in the summer game. It was og this last nerformance of the Carisbrook bowler that Phillips (who is to umpire for Stoddart's team) gave it as his opinion that Fisher would fill the missing link in the Australian eleven—viz , a first-class left-hand bowler. Believing that a cricketer's average against visiting teams the Australians, Queensland, and New South Wales, to witis of more value than when procured in ordinary local club matches, these latter are ignored, and Fisher's batting and bowliDg figures in representative matches only subjoined .:

The 1893 averages are compiled from the matches against Napier, Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

BATTING. No. of Most Most in Not Total Aver. ins. in ins. msitcl i out runs 1893 ... 7 50 59 — ISO 26.4 1S94 ... 6 12 29 — 28 4.4 1895 ... ti R2* 59 0 84 21 189(5 ... 7 32 36 * Not out. BOWLING. W 8.3 Balls. Mdns. Runs. Wkts. Aver. 1893 ... . 490 44 123 14 8.11 1S94 .., . 452 22 134 12 11.2 1895 ... . 706 46 219 21 10.42 1896 ... . 953 88 239 35 6.29

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CRICKET., Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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CRICKET. Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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