, sometimes known as Abram Waddington
(4 February 1893 – 28 October 1959), was a professional cricketer
, who played in two Test matches
, both against Australia
in 1920–21. Between 1919 and 1927 Waddington made 255 appearances for Yorkshire, and in all first-class cricket
played 266 matches. In these games, he took a total of 852 wickets
with his left arm fast-medium
bowling. Capable of making the ball swing
, Waddington was admired for the aesthetic quality of his bowling action
. He was a hostile bowler who sometimes sledged
opposing batsmen and questioned umpires' decisions, behaviour which was unusual during his playing days.
Waddington first played for Yorkshire after the First World War, when the team had been weakened by injuries and retirements. He made an immediate impression in 1919, his first season; he took 100 wickets and was largely responsible for Yorkshire's victory in the County Championship
that year. After a similarly successful season in 1920, he was selected for the 1920–21 Marylebone Cricket Club
(MCC) tour of Australia, during which he appeared in two of the five Tests. However, the England team were outclassed; used in an unfamiliar tactical role, Waddington took just one wicket and never played for England again. He continued to be effective for Yorkshire, particularly against the weaker counties, but was often inconsistent. His reputation as an uncompromising opponent was cemented when he was found guilty of dissent and inciting the crowd in a game against Middlesex
. A succession of injuries reduced his effectiveness and he retired from first-class cricket in 1927. He continued to play league cricket and worked for the family business, a fat-refining firm, but maintained his connection with Yorkshire cricket. (Full article...