In fact for his one Test against Australia he was drafted into the side as an extra bat, Evans retaining the gloves. In a bizarre Test played on an appalling wicket, he had little chance to shine, particularly when he was called for an impossible fourth run by Evans in the second innings. If he were ever to replace Evans it would have to be on the strength of his batting, and he was never able to impress, failing to reach double figures in his three Tests (he was also unlucky in that England lost all three by substantial margins). He was a more than useful bat for Surrey with seven first-class centuries, and made 1,000 runs in the English season three times. When he retired he had an impressive 795 victims as a keeper, and had seen Surrey go from strength to strength. He retained his association with Surrey for a further twenty years as coach, finally retiring in 1978, and leaving an indelible impression on generations of young Surrey players.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dave Liverman)