Clem Hill, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Clem Hill


Date of Birth: 18-Mar-1877

Place of Birth: Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia

Date of Death: 05-Sep-1945

Profession: cricketer, Australian rules footballer

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Clem Hill

  • Clement "Clem" Hill (18 March 1877 – 5 September 1945) was an Australian cricketer who played 49 Test matches as a specialist batsman between 1896 and 1912.
  • He captained the Australian team in ten Tests, winning five and losing five.
  • A prolific run scorer, Hill scored 3,412 runs in Test cricket—a world record at the time of his retirement—at an average of 39.21 per innings, including seven centuries.
  • In 1902, Hill was the first batsman to make 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year, a feat that would not be repeated for 45 years.
  • His innings of 365 scored against New South Wales for South Australia in 1900–01 was a Sheffield Shield record for 27 years.
  • The South Australian Cricket Association named a grandstand at the Adelaide Oval in his honour in 2003 and he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2005. A short and stocky left-handed batsman, Hill had a crouched, somewhat awkward stance.
  • He gripped the bat low on the handle, playing with a strong bottom hand.
  • His batting style was nonetheless attractive and effective and he was especially strong on the leg side and when cutting.
  • Able to score quickly when required, he was also recognised for his patience and strong defence.
  • Hill normally batted at No.
  • 3 and, along with his contemporary Victor Trumper, he was a mainstay of the Australian batting line-up in the early years of the 20th century.
  • Hill had a strong throwing arm and was an excellent outfielder.
  • He was a popular team-mate and captain, respected for his directness, honesty and cheerfulness. He played his first first-class cricket match for South Australia while still a schoolboy, aged 16.
  • By the time he was 19, he had been included in the Australian team touring England in 1896, where he made his Test match début.
  • At the Melbourne Cricket Ground two years later, Hill scored 188; his maiden Test century and still the highest score in Ashes Tests by a player under 21.
  • He was named one of Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1899, despite missing half the English season due to illness.
  • In the 1901–02 season, Hill was dismissed in consecutive innings for 99, 98 and 97.
  • In total he was dismissed between 90 and 99 five times in Test cricket.
  • In 1903–04, Hill was at the centre of a riot at the Sydney Cricket Ground after he was adjudged run out in a Test match against England.
  • With Roger Hartigan he still holds the Australian Test record partnership for the eighth wicket—243, made against England at the Adelaide Oval in 1907–08. Hill had a strained relationship with Australian cricket authorities.
  • He turned down an invitation to tour England in 1909 due to his unhappiness with the contract terms offered.
  • Despite this, he was appointed Test captain in 1910–11 for the series against South Africa.
  • His Test cricket career ended in controversy after he was involved in a brawl with cricket administrator and fellow Test selector Peter McAlister in 1912.
  • He was one of the "Big Six", a group of leading Australian cricketers who boycotted the 1912 Triangular Tournament in England when the players were stripped of the right to appoint the tour manager.
  • The boycott effectively ended his Test career.
  • After retiring from cricket, Hill worked in the horse racing industry as a stipendiary steward and later as a handicapper for races including the Caulfield Cup.
  • Hill died in 1945 aged 68 when thrown from a tram in Melbourne in a traffic accident.

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