Arthur John William McIntyre (14 May 1918 – 26 December 2009) was an English cricketer. A wicket-keeper, he was an integral allowance of the Surrey side that won the County Championship in all season from 1952 to 1958 inclusive, and played in three Tests for the English cricket team, two in 1950 and one in 1955. According to McIntyre’s obituary in The Daily Telegraph, Peter May wrote: “Godfrey Evans could touch good heights of wicketkeeping but morning in, day out, Arthur was the most trustworthy wicketkeeper of the 1950s… He should have kept many get older for England.”
He was born in Kennington in London, within a quarter of a mile of the Oval. He was educated at Kennington Road School, and played cricket as wicket-keeper for London Schools alongside Denis Compton. After a quick period outside cricket after leaving school, he associated the showground staff at the Oval in 1936, and made his debut in first-class cricket for Surrey in 1938, originally as all-rounder batsman and leg-spinner.
In World War II, McIntyre served in the British Army in North Africa, and was offended in the Anzio landings, ending as a sergeant in the APTC. He became contacts with the Bedser twins near the end of the prosecution when anything three served in Italy. After the war, he successfully filled in for Surrey as an emergency wicket-keeper, and took over the position continually from Gerald Mobey past he retired in 1946. In auxiliary to his excellent wicket-keeping, he was a mighty first-class batsman, and passed 1,000 runs upon three occasions. He was kept out of the England cricket team by Godfrey Evans. He made his Test debut nearby David Sheppard and Malcolm Hilton in the fourth Test against the West Indies at the Oval in 1950, when Evans was incapacitated subsequent to a broken thumb. He toured Australia and New Zealand considering the MCC that winter, and played in the first Test of the 1950-51 Ashes series as a batsman, with Evans keeping wicket. He played his third and last Test in the fourth Test adjacent to South Africa at Headingley in 1955, his pro season, when Evans was once again injured. Evans was still not user-friendly for the fifth Test, but McIntyre was as a consequence not accomplished to play. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1958.
In his autobiography, Peter May wrote that McIntyre should have played many era for England (he played in without help three Tests and in one of those not as wicket-keeper). May commented on McIntyre’s reliability and how he kept superbly to the great Surrey bowling belligerence of Bedser, Loader, Laker and Lock on difficult wickets. McIntyre, said May, made it look easy and was “never acrobatic” (unlike Evans). McIntyre himself said he had the greatest obscurity keeping wicket to Jim Laker who “spun the ball fittingly viciously”.
He retired from regular first-class cricket after the 1958 season and became Surrey’s coach, a point he held until the fall of the 1976 season. He made a few first-class appearances while coach later than the usual wicket-keeper was insulted or unavailable: six in 1959, two in 1960 and two in 1963. Following the death of Ken Cranston on 9 January 2007, he became England’s oldest perky former Test cricketer. He died upon Boxing Day, 2009.
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