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Sir Pelham Warner, Middlesex, Eng (1894-1920) - Press Photograph with attached Autograph - "Plum" was made Wisden Cricketer of the Year, 1904 and 1921

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Plum Warner - Press Photograph with attached Autograph

Sir Pelham Warner, better known as Plum Warner and the Grand Old Man of English cricket, died at West Lavington, near Midhurst, Sussex, on January 30, 1963. He was 89.
As a right-hand batsman, Warner played first-class cricket for Oxford University, Middlesex and England. He played 15 Test matches, captaining in 10 of them, with a record of won 4, lost 6. He succeeded in regaining The Ashes in 1903–04, winning the series against Australia 3-2. However he was less successful when he captained England on the tour of South Africa in 1905–06, suffering a resounding 1-4 defeat, the first time England had lost to South Africa in a Test match. He was also to have captained England on the 1911–12 tour of Australia, but fell ill. He was unable to play in any of the Tests, with Johnny Douglas taking over the captaincy.
He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1904 and also in 1921, making him one of two to have received the honour twice (the usual practice is that it is only won once: the other is Jack Hobbs). The second award marked his retirement as a county player after the 1920 season, in which he captained Middlesex to the County Championship title.
He did not play in another first-class fixture until 1926–27, when he captained an MCC side to Argentina, in which the four representative matches against the host nation were accorded first-class status. MCC scraped a win in the series by 2 games to one, with one match drawn. He played one more first-class match, in 1929 for the MCC against the Royal Navy.