A profile of Alec Coxon
by Dave Liverman
Alec Coxon made his debut for his native Yorkshire in 1945 at the age of 29, the war causing him to miss an important part of his career. He was a useful fast-medium bowler, and also a reasonable lower order bat with a first-class best of 83, against Nottinghamshire in 1948. On the strength of a good county season he was brought into the Test team to face the might 1948 Australians at Lord's. He got off to a fine start, dismissing Barnes for a duck, and removed the other opener Morris - but not before he'd completed a century. He batted at number 7, as England had a long tail, and made 19 in the first innings. He bowled economically as Australia compiled 460/7 in the second innings, and his Test career came to an abrupt close when Toshack dismissed him for a duck. He played two more years for Yorkshire, and after taking 131 wickets at an average of just over 18 in 1950, he moved to Durham and played no more first-class cricket.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dave Liverman)