Bill Brown (31 July 1912 – 16 March 2008) was an Australian cricketer.
A right-handed opening batsman, he played 22 Tests between 1934 and
1948, captaining his country in one of them. His partnership with Jack
Fingleton in the 1930s is regarded as one of the finest in Australian
Test history. In the 1938 tour of England, Brown had 1,854 runs,
including an unbeaten 206 that saved Australia from defeat in the second
Test, and was honoured as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
The outbreak of the Second World War cost Brown his peak years as a
player, time that he spent in the Royal Australian Air Force. After the
war, he was a member of Don Bradman's Invincibles, who toured England in
1948 without defeat. He performed reasonably well in the tour matches,
but struggled while batting out of position in the middle order during
the first two Tests, and was dropped from the Test team.
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