In 1878, he headed the English cricket averages with 938 runs at average of 31.82. He toured Australia in 1876-1877 and 1881-1882, playing a total of six Test matches on those tours, and he toured North America in 1879. John Selby played in the 1st ever Test Match that started in Melbourne on 15-March-1877.
He was Number: 2 Bat and acting wicket-keeper.
The actual wicket-keeper was in Jail in Christchurch, New Zealand. He kept wicket for a day and a half without success.
He opened England"s Innings with Harry Jupp but was soon out on 7. This worked as John topped scored with 38.
This was the 3rd best Innings score of the match.
England were all out for 108 and lost by 45 runs. Selby went on to become a public landlord, but his financial dealings were unsuccessful and led to a run-in with the law. He died after suffering a paralytic stroke in Nottingham General Hospital in 1894.
He had a wife, Annie.
His name was registered at birth as John Burrows.