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John Davison (cricketer)

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John Michael Davison (born 9 May 1970) is a former Canadian cricketer. He was a hard-hitting right-handed batsman in the top or middle order, who bowls right-arm off break. He was born in Campbell River, British Columbia. Davison retired in March 2011, playing his last game against Australia at the 2011 World Cup.[1] He was appointed to a new position as Australian spin coach for the 2013–14 Ashes series,[2] particularly mentoring Nathan Lyon.[3]


Born in Canada to Australian teachers on a one-year teaching exchange,[4] Davison moved to Australia and attended school at St Ignatius' College, Riverview where he was a member of the 1st XI before playing grade cricket in Melbourne and attending the Australian Cricket Academy in 1993. He was a member of the Victoria state squad for a number of years but was unable to hold down a regular place in the side.

In 1999, Davison agreed to spend the Australian winters in Canada as a club player and coach. He quickly became involved with the Canadian national team, representing them in the 2001 ICC Trophy where Canada performed well to qualify for the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

At the World Cup, Davison made an overnight name for himself (see 2003 World Cup section below), stunning the strong West Indies team with an aggressive innings of 111 (reaching 100 from 67 balls, then the quickest century in World Cup history, and the first One Day International century for Canada), before making a half-century against New Zealand at the incredible strike rate of 200.

After his successes for the modest Canadian team at the World Cup, Davison returned to Australia and continued playing for South Australia, where he had played since 2002 after being released by Victoria.

Continuing his form for Canada, Davison returned to the national line-up for the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and was named as captain. He was in inspirational form as Canada overcame rivals USA, top-scoring with 84 in Canada's first innings and taking match figures of 17 for 137 (8 for 61 and 9 for 76), the best first-class match figures anywhere in the world since Jim Laker's 19 for 90 during the 1956 Ashes.[5]

His form at international level did not help in Australia though as in January 2005, Davison was dropped from the South Australia state squad.[6] He continued to play cricket in Australia at a lower level during the Australian summer. In the 2006–07 season, he played for Mosman in Sydney Grade Cricket[7] and has recently been appointed as a development coach with the Australian Cricket Academy.[8]

Davison has continued to represent Canada internationally as captain of the team, and against Bermuda in 2006 he scored his only first-class century, 165 from 175 balls.[9]

Retained as captain of Canada for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Davison reached 50 against New Zealand from only 23 balls.

2003 World Cup highlights

  • On 23 February against the West Indies, Davison scored 111 runs off 76 balls, the first 100 of which were scored off 67 balls – the fastest century in World Cup history at the time,[10] and one of the fastest in ODI history.[11] In his innings, he hit 6 sixes and 8 fours before eventually falling to a spectacular backwards-leaping catch at the boundary by Vasbert Drakes having attempted to score yet another six. The second-highest score for his team was just 19. He had been dropped on 50 and on 78, and more unusually, escaped when he played a ball onto the stumps without disturbing the bails. Despite his performance, Canada were convincingly beaten by the West Indies, who reached their target of 203 in just over 20 overs.
  • On 3 March against New Zealand, Davison scored 75 runs off 62 balls, reaching his 50 from 25 balls.[12] He also opened the bowling with his off-spin, and took three wickets.

2007 World Cup Highlights

  • On 23 March against New Zealand, Davison reached 50 runs in 23 balls which was the third fastest fifty in World Cup history,[13] behind only Brendon McCullum, who did it in 20 balls in the same match,[14] and Mark Boucher, who took 21 balls six days previously. However, New Zealand went on to win the match by 114 runs.



Australian state

Career highlights

One-day Internationals

ICC Trophy

  • ICC Trophy Debut: vs Singapore, Toronto, 2001
  • Latest ICC Trophy Game: vs Scotland, Toronto, 2001
  • Davison's best ICC Trophy batting score of 35 was made against Denmark, Toronto, 2001
  • His best ICC Trophy bowling figures of 3 for 15 came against Denmark, Toronto, 2001


  1. ^ Coverdale, Brydon (March 15, 2011). "Australia v Canada: John Davison to retire after Australia game _ Cricket News _ ICC Cricket World Cup 2011". ESPN Cricinfo (Bangalore). Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Brettig, Daniel (November 15, 2013). "The Ashes 2013-14: Australia spin coach to travel for Ashes _ Cricket News _ England in Australia - The Ashes". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Brettig, Daniel (November 15, 2013). "Australian mayhem orchestrated backstage _ Cricket News _ England in Australia - The Ashes". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Island-born captain leads Canada on World Cup quest
  5. ^ "Davidson's astounding performance leads Canada to victory". Cricinfo. 30 May 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  6. ^ "End of the road for Davison". Cricinfo. 12 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Dynamo Davison in vintage touch". The Weekly Times. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  8. ^ Coverdale, B. (2008) "Friday at Work" Cricinfo, Accessed 23 April 2008.
  9. ^ Canada v Bermuda, 2006
  10. ^ World Cup Records| Fastest 100's.Retrieved on 23 February 2007.
  11. ^ "One Day Internationals: Fastest Centuries and Half Centuries". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  12. ^ Canada v New Zealand, 2003 World Cup
  13. ^ World Cup Records: Fastest 50's. Retrieved on 23 March 2007.
  14. ^ "Record for McCullum as Kiwis win". BBC Sport. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 

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John Davison
Personal information
Full name John Michael Davison
Born (1970-05-09) 9 May 1970 (age 50)
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Nickname Davo
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role All rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 18) 11 February 2003 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 16 March 2011 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 9
Domestic team information
2002–2004 South Australia
1995–2001 Victoria
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA
Matches 32 51 67
Runs scored 799 1,177 1,733
Batting average 26.63 16.57 26.66
100s/50s 1/5 1/4 3/9
Top score 111 165 131
Balls bowled 1,435 10,014 2,926
Wickets 36 111 76
Bowling average 29.63 45.61 30.56
5 wickets in innings 0 5 1
10 wickets in match n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 3/15 9/76 5/26
Catches/stumpings 12/– 25/– 24/–