100px|1920's-era photograph of Charlie Macartney
Charlie Macartney (1886–1958) was an Australian cricketer who played
in 35 Tests between 1907 and 1926. He was known as The Governor-General
in reference to his authoritative batting style and his flamboyant
strokeplay, which drew comparisons with his close friend and role model
Victor Trumper. Making his Test debut in 1907, his most noteworthy Test
contribution in his early career was a match-winning ten wicket haul at
Headingley in 1909. It was around this time that Macartney befriended
Trumper and began to transform himself into an audacious attacking
batsman. The First World War stopped all first-class cricket and
Macartney enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. Upon the
resumption of cricket, Macartney stamped himself as one of the leading
batsmen in the world with his performances during the 1921 Ashes tour.
Macartney produced an Australian record score in England of 345 against
Nottinghamshire, which led to him being named one of the five Wisden
Cricketers of the Year in 1922. After missing the 1924–25 series due to
mental illness or a recurrence of war injuries, Macartney departed
international cricket on the 1926 tour of England. Macartney was
posthumously inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2007.
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