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Former England Cricketer Jim Parks Dies Aged 90

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Former England and Sussex wicketkeeper-batter Jim Parks passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90. He was the oldest surviving male Test cricketer at the time of his death.


Parks featured in 46 Tests for England between 1954 and 1968, scoring 1962 runs in 68 innings at an average of 32.16.

Jim Parks scored 36673 runs in his First-Class career. He also played 739 First-Class matches and 132 List A games for Somerset and Sussex. Parks came from a cricketing family as his father Jim senior, uncle Harry and son Bobby all played FC-level cricket.

After spending 23 years at Sussex, Parks moved to Somerset and finished his domestic career there with 36673 runs.

Parks started his career as a specialist batter and only took wicket keeping in 1958, almost a decade after his First-Class debut, when Sussex wanted someone to replace retiring Rupert Webb.

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