Robin Jackman

Robin Jackman
Personal information
Full name Robin David Jackman
Born (1945-08-13) 13 August 1945 (age 74)
Simla, Punjab, British India
Nickname Jackers
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 490) 13 March 1981 v West Indies
Last Test 26 August 1982 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 29) 13 July 1974 v India
Last ODI 26 February 1983 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1966-1982 Surrey
1971/72 Western Province
1972/73-1976/77 Rhodesia
1973-1981 Marylebone Cricket Club
1979/80 Zimbabwe-Rhodesia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI F/C List A
Matches 4 15 399 288
Runs scored 42 54 5685 1564
Batting average 7.00 6.75 17.71 12.61
100s/50s -/- -/- -/17 -/-
Top score 17 14 92* 46
Balls bowled 1070 873 68209 14491
Wickets 14 19 1402 439
Bowling average 31.78 31.47 22.80 21.10
5 wickets in innings - - 67 6
10 wickets in match - 8
Best bowling 4/110 3/41 8/40 7/33
Catches/stumpings -/- 4/- 177/- 51/-
Source: CricketArchive, 16 December 2017

Robin David Jackman (born 13 August 1945, Simla, Punjab, British India)[1] is a former English cricketer, who played in four Tests and fifteen ODIs for England from 1974 to 1983. He was a seam bowler and useful tail-end batsman. During a first-class career lasting from 1966 to 1982, he took 1,402 wickets. He was a member of the Surrey side that won the County Championship in 1971, and also played for Western Province in South Africa in 1971-72, and for Rhodesia between 1972–73 and 1979-80.

On 6 November 2012 Jackman was diagnosed with cancer, and is undergoing treatment.[2]

Life and career

During England's 1980-1 tour of the West Indies, the Guyanese government revoked his visa because of his links with the then apartheid South Africa.[3] Although the England party travelled to Guyana, they never made it out of the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown and the Second Test, due to be played at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), was cancelled.[3] Cricket writer Colin Bateman commented that "few players have made a more dramatic impact on international cricket that Robin Jackman, although his actual playing career was brief and unspectacular". Bateman added "a magnificent trier with a theatrical appeal, Jackman was a fine county fast-medium bowler who finally had his England chance at (the age of) 35 when Bob Willis broke down in the West Indies in 1981".[1]

His appearance in Guyana was popular with English supporters and players, but not appreciated by the local politicians. Being married to a South African, Jackman had naturally made several visits to that, then outlawed, country, and was duly served a deportation order by the Guyanese authorities.[1] The second Test was cancelled, with the whole tour hanging in the balance, until Jackman was accepted in the more politically relaxed state of Barbados.[1]

The cricket writer, Alan Gibson, gave him the nickname of the "Shoreditch sparrow". However, Jackman had no obvious connection with Shoreditch.

He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1981, having taken 121 wickets in first-class matches the previous summer, 20 more than anyone else.

Jackman is now a commentator on various international TV tournaments. Recently, he is among the commentary team for the Indian Premier League. He does most of his work for the South African based pay-television channel, SuperSport.


Jackman, Robin and Bryden, Colin (2012). Jackers: A Life in Cricket. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1908051967.


  1. ^ a b c d Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 98. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ "Robin Jackman diagnosed with cancer". Wisden India. 6 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Blast off". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 March 2017.

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