Best remembered by fans for his incredible batting partnership with A N Hornby, which was one of the best of the time.
He made his first class debut in 1871 for Lancashire, where he stayed for the entirety of his 20-year first class career.
He made 17 tests for England between 1881 and 1887.
He was born in Bolton, England, and died in Blackpool, England.
His partnership with Hornby was immortalized in a poem by Francis Thompson that is considered one of the great cricket poems of all time.