A fast-medium bowler who moved the ball off the pitch, Jack Cowie was New Zealand's best bowler on the 1937 tour of England. On that tour he took 114 wickets at 19.95. The cricketing 'bible', Wisden Cricketers' Almanac, said of him in 1938, 'Had he been an Australian, he might have been termed a wonder of the age.' He also toured England with the 1949 team. In nine test matches he took 45 wickets at the outstanding average of 21.53 and took six wickets in a test innings three times. Although he grew up in Devonport, Auckland, Cowie eventually moved to Wellington where he became a test umpire in the 1950s.
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