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Charles George Macartney - Australian cricketer

Charles George Macartney (27 June 1886 – 9 September 1958) was an Australia cricketer of great ability, rated with Trumper and Bradman as one of Australia’s greatest batsmen.

He was born at West Maitland, New South Wales, son of Joseph Belton Macartney, Victorian-born house painter and later motor mechanic, and his wife Mary Ann, née Moore.

Charles George Macartney was taught to play cricket as a child by his maternal grandfather George Moore, a slow roundarm bowler who represented New South Wales in three first-class matches against Victoria.

Charles George Macartney played 35 times for his country, and in 1921 scored 345 in less than four hours against Nottingham. He played for New South Wales from 1905-1906 to 1926-1927, and for his country from 1909 to 1926-1927.
In 1909 Macartney toured England with the Australian team and took 7 wickets for 58 in the third Test at Leeds. Primarily an all-rounder, he hit hard in the middle order, bowled left-arm spin and fielded with verve in front of the wicket.

Charlie served in the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War; enlisted 4th January 1916, returned to Australia 21st March 1919. He was a Warrant Officer Class 1 in 3rd Division Artillery.

Charles George Macartney toured England four times, the last tour in 1926. At home he was known as the Governor General; he made his own rules at the wicket. His dislike for slow scoring made him bat, at times, with a cavalier disregard for the bowlers.
Charles George Macartney - Australian cricketer

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