Jack Bannister – player, journalist and pioneer – dies aged 85

Jack Bannister enjoyed a prolific career for Warwickshire then moved into the media © PA Photos

Cricket has lost one of its greatest friends with the death of former Warwickshire player Jack Bannister. He was 85.

Bannister enjoyed a fine career as a player and journalist, but it was perhaps his role in establishing the Professional Cricketers’ Association – the players’ union in England – that will prove to have the greatest ramifications.

A fast-medium seamer, Bannister was a good enough player to take 1,198 first-class wickets over a 20-year career. His figures of 10 for 41, taken against Combined Services in 1959, remain the best innings figures taken by a Warwickshire bowler.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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