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Known as The Terror, Turner's average of In terms of economy rate , he stands a fraction ahead 1. On strike rate he tops again, with Also, on highest number of wickets per Test - 5.


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Turner took his first 50 Test wickets in a record six matches. He was the first Australian bowler to capture Test wickets, and remains the only one to take wickets in an Australian season. Turner's figures are on par with those of SF Barnes wickets at Lohmann, though, had the benefit of a series against a very weak South African side. Turner and Lohmann played against each other on many occasions and were always considered equals. Sporting Life once wrote a typical Turner victim had been "skittled by a sonnet", reflecting the opinion of England captain Archie MacLaren, who described Turner's bowling as "poetry in motion".

Sir Stanley Jackson, another England captain and an excellent judge, wrote in Wisden , "I always regarded Charles Turner as the best medium-paced bowler I ever played against. In Australia, for most of his first-class playing career, Turner was compared to Fred Spofforth, Australia's first great bowler.

Australian opening batsman Alec Bannerman, who played with both, reckoned Turner "could turn the ball on a good wicket better than Spofforth and for this reason met with more success on Australian wickets, and equally as great success on English ones".

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In 33 Years of Cricket Frank Iredale argued that Charlie faced a "harder task" than Spofforth, with fewer rabbits to bowl against, and improved wickets due to the liberal use of Bulli soil in Australia. Iredale concluded that "on all wickets, good and bad, and on English and Australian, Turner was the greatest bowler we ever produced". Turner opened the bowling, delivering right-arm medium-pace with a low, square-on action off about seven yards.

In , at the Woolwich Arsenal, his delivery speed was measured at 55mph. He described himself as a fingerspinner, and was renowned for being able to bring the ball back sharply into a right-hand batsman. His great variety - his yorker was a feared delivery - was his strength. He may have bowled like an English professional, but Turner batted like an Australian amateur. A dasher, he only scored two first-class centuries, but was good enough to open for Australia on occasion. Turner was born in Bathurst on November 16, The Turners had arrived from England in as free settlers.

They were farmers from Hertfordshire. After a few years they were drawn to Bathurst by gold. He showed ability as a batsman, scoring a maiden century at The Oval in the first game of the tour. After three extremely prolific seasons, Turner could not maintain his productivity. However, still regarded as the best bowler for English conditions, Turner did not disappoint the selectors in , taking first-class wickets in all games but being unable to break England's dominance of Test cricket at the time. In the following few Australian seasons, Turner continued to do well even if too little cricket was played for him to equal his records of the late s.

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In the relatively dry English summer of , Turner still was Australia's leading bowler with wickets at During this tour his speed was measured electronically at Woolwich Arsenal and timed at 81 feet per second, or 55 miles an hour. The three men briefly held the record together, but Turner missed the Third Test at Adelaide and Briggs overtook him.

Briggs became the first man to claim Test wickets in the Fourth Test at Sydney on 1 February , Turner being the second on 4 February in his last Test match. Many batsmen who played against him considered Turner without peer. He bowled right-hand medium pace with a relatively long and rhythmic run-up and a beautiful delivery that never aimed to exploit even his rather limited height of five feet nine inches centimetres. He could vary his pace a great deal, and combined this with an accurate length and a sharply-turning off-break that made him very difficult on rain-affected wickets.


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