Facts about England’s Richard Hutton

By Bet Barter

September 15, 2020

Richard Hutton is the son of Len Hutton, who was one of the greatest cricketers, England has ever seen. Len Hutton was the captain of the England Team. Under his leadership, England has played many memorable matches.

Being the son of the legendary father, Richard’s career got shrouded by the immense reputation of his father. The pressure and expectation are sky high if one happens to be the son of a legend. Richard was born on September 6, 1942. Unlike his father, who got brought up in a working-class family, Richard had a luxurious life. He went to the prestigious Repton School. He attended Christ’s College, Cambridge. Richard Hutton was awarded a blue at Cambridge.

Before he turned 20, he made his First-Class debut for Cambridge University, playing against Essex; he managed scoring 6 and 29, and picked up two wickets in the game. Richard made his Test debut at Lords in June 1971, against touring Pakistan. He proved his bowling skills by picking up the wickets of opener Aftab Gul and their star cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad. The second innings was his maiden Test innings, he got sent as the opening batsman, and he scored a 58 not out.

The Indian cricket fans will consistently recall the oval Test of 1971. It was not exclusively India’s first Test wins in England, yet in addition they won the arrangement. It was just Richard who attempted to spare graces for England. He scored a fine 81 runs in the principal innings and the second innings he remained not out on 13.

Richard’s cricket career was for a brief period

The score of 81 remained Richard’s highest score in Test cricket, and he never played a Test again. He was a surprise choice for the World XI tour of Australia in 1971-72 and looked out of sorts in a team that had Garry Sobers, Clive Lloyd, Sunil Gavaskar, Graeme Pollock, Zaheer Abbas and others. He scored a total score of 88 and picked up seven wickets when he was at 54 runs.

Richard did not share excellent relation with and his co-Yorkshire man Geoffrey Boycott. As a captain, Boycott did give him a chance to play more games, but when he got included in the team, Richard did not get enough opportunities to bowl. Eventually, he quit the club. From 281 First-Class matches, Hutton picked up 625 wickets at 24.01 with five-fours and three tens. He also scored 7,561 runs at 21.48 with five centuries.

He quit playing the game for Yorkshire and concentrated in his own business. Later he accepted a call-up from Transvaal in 1975-76, his performance in the two matches against Natal and Rhodesia was not good, he just picked up 14 runs and did not a chance to bowl, and this it was the end of his cricket career.

Richard’s cricket career was for a brief period, things would have if he had been a relatively ordinary cricketer, he was exceptionally gifted on the field ironically the expectations from him was huge, he had suffered from comparison with his father from a very early age.

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