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Lisa Carprini Sthalekar (born 13 August 1979, Pune, Maharashtra, India) is a female cricketer who plays for Australia, and captains New South Wales. One of the key players in the team, she is a right-handed all rounder who bowls off spin, and was rated as the leading all rounder in the world when rankings were introduced. She is the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs.
Sthalekar made her debut in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) late in 1997–98 as a specialist bowler, but had little success, totalling 1/120 in her maiden campaign. She improved her performance over the next two seasons, taking 8 and 15 wickets respectively. In three years, she scored only 169 runs with a best score of 33. In 2000–01 Sthalekar took 11 wickets and scored 112 runs in the WNCL and was called into the Australian team for the first time. Playing as a bowler, she made her One Day International (ODI) debut against England and ended the tour of the British Isles with five wickets from as many matches.
In 2001–02, Sthalekar developed into a frontline batsman. She made her first half-century, compiling four in all for the season. She totalled 347 runs, more than her four
Anil Kumble ( pronunciation (help·info); born 17 October 1970) is an Indian former cricketer and was captain of the Indian Test Cricket team. He is a right-arm leg spin bowler and a right-hand batsman. As of 2012, he is the leading wicket-taker for India in both Test cricket and One Day International cricket. He is one of the two bowlers and the only Indian cricketer in the history of cricket to have taken all 10 wickets in a test innings, the other being Jim Laker of England. With more than 600 Test wickets, he is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, only the third bowler to achieve this record and the first bowler from India to do so. He made his debut in international cricket on 25 April 1990 and ended up with 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets.He is currently serving as Chairman of ICC Cricket Committee.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, by the Government of India in 2005. After having played for 18 years, he announced his retirement from International cricket on 2 November 2008. His last match was against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.
Anil Kumble was born in Bangalore, Karnataka to KN Krishna Swamy and
Justin Lee Langer AM (born 21 November 1970 in Perth, Western Australia) is a former international cricketer who represented Australia in 105 Test matches and the current Assistant Coach and Batting Coach of the Australian cricket team. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1990.
A left-handed batsman, his opening partnership with Matthew Hayden was one of the most successful of all time. Langer is also a solid gully fielder, and was very occasionally the wicket-keeper for the Australian one-day team. In January 2007 he retired from international cricket. He can play both aggressively and defensively, but has a reputation for grinding away. However, Langer's Test strike rate (54.22) is superior to that of noted stroke-makers Mark Waugh (48.64) and Damien Martyn (51.41). Langer is also the highest run-scorer for Western Australia in Pura Cup/Sheffield Shield matches. On 23 July 2009, in a match against Worcestershire (whilst captaining Somerset), Langer became the highest scoring Australian in first-class cricket.
Langer made his Test debut against the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval, in January 1993. He received a rough welcome against an in-form West
Sanath Teran Jayasuriya (Sinhala: සනත් ටෙරාන් ජයසූරිය, born 30 June 1969) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and a politician. Jayasuriya was an all-rounder, who had an international cricket career that spread over two decades. He made his One Day International debut against Australia at Melbourne on December 26, 1989 and his Test debut against New Zealand at Hamilton in February, 1991. Jayasuriya is the only player to score more than 13,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in One Day Internationals and is regarded as one of the best all rounders in the history of Limited overs cricket. He was also the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team from 1999 to 2003. He retired from test cricket in December 2007 and from limited overs cricket in June, 2011.
Jayasuriya ran for public office at the 2010 Sri Lankan general elections and was elected to the parliament from his native Matara District. He topped the UPFA parliamentary election list for Matara district by obtaining 74,352 preferential votes.
Sanath Jayasuriya was born in the Southern Sri Lankan city of Matara to the family of Dunstan and Breeda Jayasuriya. He has an elder brother, Chandana Jayasuriya. He was educated at St.
Dwayne Romel Smith (born 12 April 1983) is a cricketer who has represented the West Indies. An all-rounder, he is known as an aggressive and powerful right-handed batsman, bowls medium pace, and is also an athletic fielder. Smith has played for Barbados since the start of his career but has also played three seasons for Sussex from 2008–10. He has become a sought-after Twenty20 player, making appearances in the Indian Premier League, for the Mumbai Indians and the Deccan Chargers, and for New South Wales in the Australian domestic competition.
Smith made his first-class debut for Barbados in January 2002 in a Regional Four Day Competition match against Guyana. He did not bowl in the match but made scores of 10 and 35, his second innings ended after he was out hit wicket, an unusual form of dismissal. In his fifth match of the season, against the Leeward Islands, there were two notable occasions for Smith; he took his first wicket and, with an innings of 102, scored his first century. He finished the season with a batting average of 21.36.
In the 2002–03 season his bowling was used more often, he took 7 wickets at an average of 28.42. His batting average improved to 24.55 but he was
Hashan Prasantha Tillakaratne (born July 14, 1967, in Colombo) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and a politician.
As a schoolboy in 1986, he was selected to play against England B at Galle, scoring a century to save the match. He played in his first One Day International in November 1986, and emerged into the Sri Lankan cricket team as a wicketkeeper-batsman in December 1989. He continued as a specialist batsman from December 1992.
He fell out of the Sri Lankan Test and ODI teams after the 1999 World Cup, but returned to the Test team in 2001 following success in domestic first-class cricket, where he plays for Nondescripts Cricket Club. He also returned to the ODI team in 2002-03. He became captain of the Sri Lanka Test team in April 2003, but won only one of his ten matches in charge. After losing 3-0 to Australia, he resigned in March 2004 and was not selected for Sri Lanka again.
On 1 February 2005, the Sri Lankan cricket board appointed him Executive Director of Cricket-Aid, a body formed to provide relief following the December 2004 tsunami, but he was suspended amid recriminations later that year..
Following this he entered politics, joining the United National Party, and was
Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE (born 24 November 1955) is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. He was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well-known by his nickname "Beefy". While a controversial player both on and off the field at times, Botham also held a number of Test cricket records, and still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler.
He is generally regarded as being England's greatest ever all-rounder, particularly in Test cricket, although having earned celebrity status, his award of a knighthood was in recognition of his services to charity.
Just like fellow cricketers Jim Cumbes and Arnold Sidebottom, Botham was also a talented footballer, and made 11 appearances in the Football League.
On 8 August 2009, Botham was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Botham was born in Heswall on the Wirral, to Herbert Leslie Botham (who worked for Westland) and Violet Marie, née Collett (a nurse). Both his parents played cricket. He went to Milford Junior School in Yeovil, Somerset, where his "love affair" with sport began, and played for Somerset
Gautam Gambhir ( pronunciation (help·info); born 14 October 1981), affectionately known as Gauti, is one of the leading cricketers in the Indian cricket team. A left-handed opening batsman, who can also play in the middle order, he made his One Day International debut for India against Bangladesh in 2003, and played his first Test the following year, this time against Australia. He was the captain of the ODI team from late-2010 to late-2011. He is currently the highest run-scorer for India in the Twenty20 Internationals and 9th highest in the the ODIs. Follow Indian team-mate Virender Sehwag called him "the best Indian opener since Sunil Gavaskar".
Gambhir represents Delhi in first-class cricket and has been a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket with an average of over 50. His two successive double-hundreds in 2002 (one of them against the visiting Zimbabweans) made him a strong contender for India's opening slot in all three forms of the game. He played and served as Captain for the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the Indian Premier League for three years before he was appointed skipper for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011. He is the highest paid cricketer in the history of IPL
Nasser Hussain OBE (born 28 March 1968, Madras, India) is a former Essex and England cricketer.
In first-class cricket from 1987 to 2004 Hussain scored 20,698 runs in 334 matches at an average of 42.06, including 52 centuries. A pugnacious right-handed batsman, Hussain's highest Test score was 207, scored in the first Test of the 1997 Ashes at Edgbaston.
Hussain is regarded as one of the best England Test Cricket Captains of the era for his part in transforming the side from a habitually under-performing team to one of achievement. Simon Barnes of The Times wrote that "Hussain is the most significant cricketer to have played for England since the war and perhaps the finest captain to hold the office."
Hussain was born of an Indian Muslim father, Jawad Hussain (also known as "Joe"), and mother Patricia. Hussain was educated at Forest School, Walthamstow, and then received a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Durham. His father and brother, Mehriyar Hussain, have both played first-class cricket, for Tamil Nadu and Worcestershire, respectively.
As a child, Nasser's first experiences of cricket were family visits to Chepauk, where his elder brothers Mehriyar (Mel) and
Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria (Hindi: दानिश प्रभा शंकर कनेरिया, Urdu: دانش پربھا شنکر کنیریا; born 16 December 1980) is a Pakistani cricketer. He has continued the tradition of great Pakistani leg spin bowlers and possesses a very well disguised googly. In Test matches, Kaneria holds the record for most wickets by any Pakistani spin bowler and fourth on the list of most Test wickets over all, only behind Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan.
On June 22, 2012 Kaneria was banned for life from any involvement in the playing, organisation or administration of any cricket under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Kaneria was found guilty of two charges following a contested hearing which was held in London.
He has filed an appeal against a life ban imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for spot-fixing on July 12 2012.
He made his international debut in 2000 against England at Faisalabad. In January 2002, he took 7 wickets for 77 runs in the Test match against Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, which are his career best figures so far in Test cricket. Earlier, in the same season, he had taken 6 wickets in an innings twice against Bangladesh during
Sean Michael Ervine (born 6 December 1982) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. Ervine is a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace.
Ervine originally played for the Midlands cricket team in Zimbabwe.
Ervine was one of several cricketers in dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union in 2004, and he left the country to play for Hampshire in England and for Western Australia. Ervine declared that he would not return to play for Zimbabwe and following excellent form for Hampshire from 2005, and some recent breakthroughs for Western Australia, Ervine announced that he would seek to qualify for either English or Australian international representation.
During the 2009 County Championship season Ervine scored 832 runs at an average of 41.60, making him Hampshire's fourth highest run scorer in the competition. In the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy, Ervine scored his highest List-A score of 167* against Ireland. Ervine was later a member of Hampshire's winning squad in the final as they defeated Sussex by 6 wickets.
In February 2010, Ervine returned to the Zimbabwean domestic circuit with the Southern Rocks. On debut against the Mid West Rhinos, Ervine made scores of 208 and 160; scores
Michael Andrew Atherton OBE (born 23 March 1968) is a broadcaster, journalist and retired England international cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman for Lancashire and England, and occasional leg-break bowler, he achieved the captaincy of England at the age of 25 and led the side in a record 54 Test matches. He often played the anchor role at a time when England batting performances lacked consistency and the side's overseas results were mediocre. His playing career included some controversy and was cut short by increasing back disorder. He was born in Failsworth, Lancashire, England.
The young Mike Atherton captained the Manchester Grammar School cricket team for whom he scored almost 3,500 runs and took 170 wickets. His performances led to selection for the England under-19 team, which he captained aged 16. He also represented Lancashire Schools from 1982–86. In 1983 he won the Jack Hobbs Memorial Award as the Outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer at under-15 level. In a (non-first-class) match against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1984 he took 6–27.
Entering Downing College, Cambridge, to read history, he was selected at 18 to play for Cambridge University Cricket Club and
Robert Baddeley Simpson AO (born 3 February 1936) is a former cricketer who played for New South Wales, Western Australia and Australia, captaining the national team from 1963–64 until 1967–68, and again in 1977–78. He later had a highly successful term as the coach of the Australian team. He is also known as Bobby or Simmo.
Simpson played as a right-handed batsman and semi-regular leg spin bowler. After ten years in retirement, he returned to the spotlight at age 41 to captain Australia during the era of World Series Cricket.
In 1986 he was appointed coach of the Australian team, a position he held until being replaced by Geoff Marsh in July 1996. Under Simpson's tutelage, the team went from a struggling team, losing a succession of Test series, to the strongest team in world cricket. Some of the team's greatest achievements in his time as coach were winning the 1987 World Cup, regaining The Ashes in England in 1989, and overcoming the previously dominant West Indies on their home grounds in 1995. He also coached county cricket in England, with Leicestershire and Lancashire.
He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1965. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.
Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers AO OCC (born 28 July 1936), also known as Gary or Garry Sobers, is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974, and is widely considered one of cricket's greatest all-rounders. Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Sobers made his first-class debut for the Barbados cricket team at the age of 16 in 1953, and his Test debut for the West Indies the following year. Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order. Against Pakistan in 1958, Sobers scored his maiden Test century, progressing to 365 not out and establishing a new record for the highest individual score in an innings, which was not broken until Brian Lara scored 375 in 1994. He was made captain of the West Indies in 1965, a role which he would hold until 1972. He would also captain a Rest of the World XI during their 1970 tour of England. Overall, Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78, and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03. In his 383 first-class matches, he scored over 28,000 runs and took over 1000 wickets, having spent time with South Australia and Nottinghamshire towards the end of
Charl Myles Willoughby (born 3 December 1974) is a retired South African cricketer who played two Tests and three ODIs for South Africa between 2000 and 2003. He played for Boland and Western Province before spending two seasons with the Cape Cobras. He has also played English county cricket, and after a season with Leicestershire in 2005, and played for Somerset from 2006 to 2011 and Essex in 2012. He is a left-arm fast-medium pace bowler and a left-handed batsman. He was educated at Wynberg Boys High School.
Willoughby made his one-day debut for Boland in October 1994 against Orange Free State. Opening the Boland bowling, he finished the match with 1/44, claiming future South Africa national team head coach Mickey Arthur as his first wicket. His first-class debut came just under two weeks later, against Transvaal. Willoughby claimed three wickets in the first-innings, and two more in the second as the match was drawn. He finished his first season with 15 first-class wickets, at a bowling average of 35.73. In the 1998–99 season, a string of good performances saw Willoughby selected to play for South Africa A against the touring West Indians. Although his first match in
Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor (born 8 March 1984), more commonly known as Ross Taylor, is a New Zealand cricketer and the current captain. He has also captained the New Zealand Under-19 side in youth internationals. Taylor has a highest List A score of 132* in the State Shield domestic one-day competition in 2003–04, and a first class best of 217 in the State Championship in 2007–08.
He made his debut for the New Zealand team in international cricket on 1 March 2006, in a one-day match against the West Indies. He became the second male player of Samoan heritage to play for New Zealand after Murphy Su'a. Taylor's full name is Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor; however, some sources have inaccurately recorded his name as Ross Luteru Taylor. This is because Taylor grew up answering to both Luteru and Ross when playing cricket, and did not realise he needed to write down his full name for the official New Zealand Cricket records when he was asked to fill in a questionnaire at a first-class match early in his career.
Taylor captained New Zealand for the first time in an ODI against Australia in Napier on 3 March 2010, when Daniel Vettori dropped out of the side less than 30 minutes before
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers (born 17 February 1984, Pretoria, Transvaal Province, South Africa), known by his initials AB, is a South African cricketer and captain of the South African One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 teams, having succeeded Graeme Smith in both roles after the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He is also part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
The son of Dr Abraham P de Villiers, he attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a popular and renowned public school located in Pretoria.
De Villiers is a right-handed batsman, who, in a very short space of time, has accumulated many runs in Tests including 13 centuries and 29 fifties. He still holds the record for most Test innings without registering a duck (78), before being dismissed for nought against Bangladesh in November 2008. He also holds the second-highest individual score by a South African batsman in an innings, with 278*. Until 2012, he was an occasional wicketkeeper for the South African cricket team, and is commonly regarded as one of the best fielders currently in international cricket. AB de Villiers blasted the seventh fastest
Wessel Johannes "Hansie" Cronje (25 September 1969 – 1 June 2002) was a South African cricketer and captain of the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. He was voted the 11th greatest South African in 2004 despite having been banned for life from professional cricket for his role in a match-fixing scandal.
Born in Bloemfontein, Cronje matriculated in 1987 from Grey College in Bloemfontein where he was the headboy. An excellent all round sportsman, he represented the then Orange Free State Province in cricket and rugby at schools level. Cronje earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Free State.
His father Ewie had played for Orange Free State in the 1960s, and Hansie's older brother Frans had also played first-class cricket.
Cronje made his first-class debut for Orange Free State against Transvaal at Johannesburg in January 1988 at the age of 18. In the following season, he was a regular appearing in all eight Currie Cup matches plus being part of the Benson and Hedges Series winning team, scoring 73 as an opener in the final. In 1989-90, despite playing all the Currie Cup matches, he failed to make a century, and averaged only 19.76; however, in
Lalchand Sitaram Rajput pronunciation (help·info) (born December 18, 1961, Mumbai, Maharashtra) is a former Indian cricketer who played in two Tests and four ODIs from 1985 to 1987. Lalchand Rajput was assigned the task as a manager of Indian cricket team for a brief period. He has been actively involved in cricket administration over the past several years, including holding positions with the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
Lalchand Rajput had a distinguished career as an opening batsman for Mumbai, and at one time was considered one of the best openers in India after Sunil Gavaskar.However, he did not translate his promise and success at the domestic level to the international arena, in the limited opportunities he had. He was an occasional off-spinner.
He attended a coaching clinic held at Bangalore in April 2007. He was coach of Under-19 Indian Cricket Team during th tour of England. Rajput was appointed as the manager of the winning Indian cricket team for the Twenty20 World Championship 2007 held in South Africa.
Rajput is the coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2008. He was caught on camera laughing when Harbhajan Singh slapped Sreesanth after a
Geoffrey Boycott OBE (born 21 October 1940) is a former Yorkshire and England cricketer. In a prolific and sometimes controversial playing career from 1962 to 1986, Boycott established himself as one of England's most successful opening batsmen. Since retiring as a player, Boycott has found further success as a cricket commentator.
Boycott made his international debut in a 1964 Test match against Australia. He was noted for his ability to occupy the crease and became a key feature of England's Test batting line up for many years, although he was less successful in his limited One Day International (ODI) appearances. He accumulated large scores – he is the fourth highest accumulator of first-class centuries in history, and the first English player to average over 100 in a season (1971 and 1979) – but often encountered friction with his team mates. Journalist Ian Wooldridge commented that "Boycott, in short, walks alone", while cricket writer John Arlott wrote that Boycott had a "lonely" career. Others, however, have stated that the extent of his introverted nature has been exaggerated, and that while he was "obsessed with success" he was not a selfish player.
After 108 Test match
Simon Patrick O'Donnell (born 26 January 1963 in Deniliquin, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer and VFL footballer, currently a horse racing and cricket commentator.
O'Donnell played as an all-rounder for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield between 1984 and 1993, scoring a century in his first match. He went on to play 6 Test matches in 1985, 5 on the Ashes tour of England and one at home, but with a low bowling strike rate in 5 and 4 day cricket, he was more successful in the shorter form of the game.
Seen as a limited-overs specialist with clever medium pace bowling and explosive lower order hitting, he played 87 ODIs between 1985 and 1992, scoring 1242 runs and taking 108 wickets in his career. He played in Australia's 1987 World Cup Final victory, but soon after he suffered severe pain that was diagnosed as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He staged a remarkable recovery to return to the Australian One-Day team in the 1988–89 season.
O'Donnell maintained a very good batting strike rate of 80.96 runs per 100 balls in ODIs, almost double his scoring rate in Tests. For six years, O'Donnell held the record for the fastest half-century in One Day Internationals (18 balls v Sri
Lee Kenneth Germon (born 4 November 1968) is a former New Zealand cricketer, wicket-keeper and captain. He played for the provinces of Canterbury and Otago and is remembered as the most successful Canterbury cricket captain of the modern era. He holds the unofficial record for the most runs (70), off a single over in first class cricket.
Germon made his first class debut as a 19 year old for Canterbury against Auckland at Lancaster Park on 5 January 1988. Less than 3 years later he was named captain of the side. Germon took over the captaincy of an underperforming Canterbury side from Rod Latham on 31 December 1990.
Under Germon's leadership Canterbury went on to unprecedented success in the New Zealand one day game winning the Shell Cup 50 over competition in 1991/92, 1992/93 & 1993/94, two further wins were to follow in 1995/96 & 1996/97. Canterbury also won the New Zealand first class competition the Shell Trophy under his captaincy in 1993/4, 1996/97 and 1997/98. Canterbury also won the one off New Zealand Action cricket trophy in 1992 (Action cricket was a forerunner to Twenty20 and Cricket Max).
Germon holds the records for dismissals for Canterbury with 238 in 76 first class
Abdur Razzak (Bengali: আব্দুর রাজ্জাক) (born 15 June 1982) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He made his first-class debut at Bangladeshi domestic level for Khulna Division in the 2001/02 season. Best known for being a tall left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he helped guide his division to the National Cricket Title in his maiden season. From there he was selected for Bangladesh A (training team for the full national squad) performing well against Zimbabwe A, including figures of 7 for 17 in one game in Dhaka.
Razzak was called into the Bangladesh national team for the 2004 Asia Cup One Day International tournament, making his debut against Hong Kong in July. He established himself as a regular fixture in the squad although he was not a regular in the starting eleven. He made his Test debut in the second Test of the Australian tour of Bangladesh in April 2006. Though he has played just nine Tests, he has been more successful in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and is Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker in the format.
After impressing in one-day cricket, he was called up for his Test debut at home to Australia at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium. Bangladesh batted first and he recorded 15 in his
Robert George Holland (born 19 October 1946 at Camperdown, Sydney) is a former New South Wales and Australian cricketer. He was, for obvious reasons, nicknamed "Dutchy".
Holland, who spent the majority of his cricketing life in Newcastle, was a late bloomer, and his Test debut aged 38 made him the oldest Australian debutant in more than half a century. It was not until the 1978–79 season, aged 32, that the New South Wales selectors called up Holland to continue the state’s long tradition of leg spin bowling. He quickly formed an integral part of the bowling attack that made the state the dominant domestic team in the Sheffield Shield in the 1980s. Forming a spin oriented attack with Murray Bennett (left arm orthodox) and Greg Matthews (off spin), Holland was part of the team that won the Sheffield Shield in 1982–83, 1984–85 and 1985–86. Holland finished his first class career with a season with Wellington in New Zealand’s domestic league.
Holland made his Test debut in the Second Test of the 1984–85 Australian season against the West Indies cricket team in Brisbane. He was relatively unsuccessful, taking 2/97 and scoring 6 and 0 as Australia suffered an eight wicket defeat. He was
Brett Lee (born 8 November 1976) is a former Australian cricketer. After breaking into the Australian Test team, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket. In each of his first two years, he averaged less than 20 with the ball, but since then has mostly achieved figures in the early 30s.
He is an athletic fielder and useful lower-order batsman, with a batting average exceeding 20 in Test cricket. Together with Mike Hussey, he has held the record for highest 7th wicket partnership for Australia in ODIs since 2005–06 with 123.
Lee is known by his nickname 'Binga', which refers to 'Bing Lee', a chain of electronics stores in New South Wales.
Brett Lee also plays for Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the IPL season five against Chennai Super Kings.
On 13 July 2012, he retired from all forms of international cricket after a calf injury cut short his tour of England with Australia’s One-Day International team. Lee will continue to play in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League Twenty20 competitions.
Lee is known for his pace and regularly clocks 150 km/h and above. He ranks behind only Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar (161.3 km/h, 100.2 mph) as the fastest
Shoaib Akhtar (born 13 August 1975) is a former Pakistani cricketer. He is widely regarded to be one of the best fast bowlers in history. Shoaib also holds the record for being the fastest bowler in the history of international cricket, he made his Test debut in November 1997 and played his first One Day International four months later. He played on Pakistan's Cricket Team as an attack bowler.
He has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of not being a team player but his presence was always felt by the opponents. Akhtar was sent home during the Test match series in Australia in 2005 for alleged poor attitude. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive to a banned substance. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on court appeal. In September 2007, Akhtar was banned for an indefinite period for his fight with Pakistan team mate and fast bowler Mohammad Asif. On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for five years for publicly criticizing the Pakistan Cricket Board. In October 2008, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan suspended the five year ban and Akhtar was selected in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 Quadrangular
Yuvraj Singh pronunciation (help·info) (born 12 December 1981) is an Indian cricketer, and the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star Yograj Singh. Yuvraj is a left-hand middle-order batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He has been a member of the Indian cricket team in ODIs since 2000 and played his first Test match in 2003. He was the vice-captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008. At the 2007 World Twenty20, he famously hit six sixes in an over against England's Stuart Broad — a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and previously never in an international match between two Test cricket nations. He was named the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and was one of the top performers at the 2007 World Twenty20, both of which India won.
In 2011, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor (stage-I) in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, USA as well as Medicine Facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April. He was
Krishnamachari Srikkanth pronunciation (help·info) (born 21 December 1959) is a former captain of the Indian cricket team and also the former chairman of the selection committee. Born in a Brahmin family, he is an engineer by qualification and graduated from the College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai, India.
He made his One Day International debut against England in Ahmedabad in 1981, followed two days later by his Test debut against England at Mumbai. He made his debut at the age of twenty-one as an opener of the Indian team to partner Sunil Gavaskar. Both batsmen had entirely different approaches to their batting—Gavaskar was more of the orthodox technical batsman and Srikkanth was prolific hitter and a swashbuckling batsman. Srikkanth redefined batting with his power hitting and he gave such wonderful starts to the team against even the toughest of oppositions. He was gifted with a good eye and super quick reflexes. Consistency was not his forte. With more technical batsman in the side during his times like Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Ravi Shastri etc., he could fancy hitting the bowlers all over.
Srikkanth was a stylish opening batsman with a keen eye and sharp
Allan Joseph Lamb (born 20 June 1954) is a former England cricketer and captain who played for the first class teams of Western Province and Northamptonshire, the latter as an Overseas player. He joined Northamptonshire so he could enhance his career and eventually play Test cricket for England, as his native country South Africa were to be banned from International cricket due to the apartheid régime. He retired in 1995 at the age of 41 and currently works for Sky Sports and other foreign TV cricketing broadcasts as an analyst.
Allan Lamb was born to British parents in Langebaanweg, South Africa. His father Mickey was a journeyman club bowler and his mother Joan was an ardent spectator who never willingly missed a match. He attended Wynberg Boys' High School and Abbots College where he played cricket to an 'outstanding' level.
In January 1973, Allan made his first team debut at the age of 18 when he played for the Western Province in the Currie Cup. He batted at number three and made 59 and 36 against the Eastern Province. He then had a two year absence from the game and joined the National Service in the South African Air Force building airfields before returning to the club.
Brett Raymond Dorey (born 3 October 1977) is an Australian cricketer. He played four One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the Australia national cricket team in 2006, picking up two wickets. He played domestic first-class and one-day cricket for the Western Warriors from the 2004–05 to 2010–11 seasons.
Dorey was born in East Fremantle, Western Australia. He started his cricketing career playing for the Western Australian Under-17 and Under-19 sides during the late 1990s, before he travelled around Europe for two and half years. He suffered a terrible accident while snowboarding in Austria: after knocking himself out, Dorey was trying to navigate back to his base when he was cut off by a German whose skis sliced open his right knee. The wound required 14 stitches, and Dorey was worried his sporting career may be over. During his time in Europe, he also served as a bodyguard for the children of a wealthy Russian businessman.
Until his knee injury, Dorey had been planning to attempt to break into professional football on his return to Australia, having previously played for South Fremantle. Instead, he began playing professional cricket. A string of injuries led to his call-up to the
Craig John McDermott (born 14 April 1965, in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, where he attended the Ipswich Grammar School) is a former Australian cricketer. He is currently the bowling coach for the Australian cricket team.
He was the spearhead of the Australian attack in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Red-haired, powerfully built at 191 cm, he was a sight to watch at full flight with his face painted with a horizontal line of white sun-screen across his nose and cheeks like Allan Donald of South Africa.
He started his career with Queensland in 1983–84 and made his Test match debut for Australia in 1984–85 whilst still 19 v West Indies (his youth engendering his nickname "Billy" – from Billy the Kid). In his first Ashes tour of 1985, he took 30 wickets. But he was over-bowled and was burnt out. He had an excellent World Cup in 1987, helping Australia win the trophy. He took 18 wickets in the tournament, including 5/44 in the semi-final win over Pakistan.
McDermott was a rhythm bowler. When his rhythm was right, he would have an aggressive approach to the wicket and an excellent sideways-on action, giving him sharp pace and outswing. But when his rhythm deserted him, he could look
James Patrick Maher (born 27 February 1974 in Innisfail, Queensland) is a former Australian cricketer. He is "an attractive left-handed batsman with a clumping cover-drive".
He was first selected to play for Australia in two one-day matches in 1997–98, due to illness and injury respectively to Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh, but his performances were unspectacular. The following two seasons were a prolific pair for Maher playing for Queensland, a time which included a period at Glamorgan. In 2001–02, he became the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in the Pura Cup.
He came back into the international fold in 2002, after the Waugh brothers were sacked following an ODI season in which Australia failed to make the finals of the triangular ODI series. He responded with a steady innings of 95 against South Africa. He was included in the Australian ODI squad as a spare batsman and as a fill-in wicketkeeper for the next few seasons, including the 2003 Cricket World Cup, but never managed to obtain a regular place in the side.
On 11 February 2007 Maher was criticised by South Australian cricket captain Darren Lehmann for not declaring to make a game of their Pura Cup match at the Gabba. Lehmann
Margasahayam Venkataramana, (born April 24, 1966, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh) is a former Indian cricketer.
Venkataramana was a right arm off-spinner who played for Tamil Nadu in first class cricket. He made his debut in the 1987-88 season when Tamil Nadu won the Ranji Trophy. Often backed by the huge totals that the batsmen compiled, he took 35 wickets, including a career best 7 for 94 in the final against Railways. Another 30 wickets in 1988-89 earned him a place in the one-day squad against the touring New Zealand and the team to West Indies.
Venkataramana's only Test match was against West Indies at Jamaica in 1988-89. He went wicketless in the first innings and was put on to bowl in the second when West Indies needed eight runs to win. Desmond Haynes hit the first ball for four and was stumped off the second to become Venkat's only Test wicket. Gus Logie hit the fourth ball for six to end the Test, series and Venkataramana's international career.
He took 247 wickets in his first-class career, 212 of them for Tamil Nadu. He currently coaches Saint Andrew's Junior College Cricket team.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ( pronunciation (help·info); born 24 April 1973) is an Indian cricketer widely considered to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and one-day international cricket. He is the first player to score a double century in ODI cricket. In 2002, just 12 years into his career, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one-day-international (ODI) batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards. Tendulkar was a part of the 2011 Cricket World Cup winning Indian team in the later part of his career, his first such win in six World Cup appearances for India. He is currently nominated for receiving the Bharat Ratna award. He is also a member of Rajya Sabha of Parliament of India.
Tendulkar is the only cricketer to accomplish the feat of scoring a hundred centuries in international cricket which includes 49 ODI and 51 Test centuries. He is also the only player to score fifty centuries in Test cricket, and the first to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined. On 17 October 2008, when he surpassed Brian Lara's record for the most
Wasim Akram (Punjabi: وسیم اکرم; born 3 June 1966) is a former Pakistani cricketer. He is a left arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman who represented the Pakistan national cricket team in Test cricket and One Day International (ODI) matches.
Akram is regarded as the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket. He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket with 881 and is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets with 502. He is considered to be one of the founders and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling.
He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002 Wisden released its only list of best players of all time. Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glen McGrath and Muralitharan. Wasim has taken 23 4-wicket hauls in ODI in 356 matches he played. On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He is the current bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Akram was born in Lahore, Pakistan on 3 June
Ashley Alexander Mallett (born 13 July 1945 in Chatswood, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 38 Tests and 9 One Day Internationals between 1968 and 1980. He is Australia's most successful off spin bowler since World War II and for a period in the 1970s, he was regarded along with India's Erapalli Prasanna and the West Indies' Lance Gibbs as the best off spinner in the world. He extracted a lot of bounce from his high arm action, coupled with his height.
Mallett was a member of the Western Australian squad in the 1966–67 season, but made no appearances, only being 12th man in two Sheffield Shield matches. On the bouncy pace friendly WACA Ground, where the Western Australians played their home matches, only one spinner was required, and left arm orthodox spinner Tony Lock, the former English Test player blocked Mallett's path. Along with young leg spinner Terry Jenner, Mallett transferred to South Australia in the winter 1967, and immediately became regular members of the state team, which often fielded two spinners on the Adelaide Oval's turning surface. They were to form an effective and attacking tandem spin combination for a decade.
During the 1967–68
Edmund Christopher Joyce (born 22 September 1978) is an Irish cricketer who has played for both the Irish and English national cricket teams. After beginning his career with Middlesex, he moved to Sussex in 2009. A left-handed batsman and occasional right-arm bowler of medium pace, Joyce is widely regarded as one of the best cricketers produced by Ireland. After qualifying to play for England, Joyce was a member of the squad in the 2006–07 Ashes series and 2007 World Cup. Since dropping down the pecking order for selection with England Joyce got special dispensation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play for Ireland in the 2011 World Cup.
Joyce was born in Dublin and educated at Aravon school, Bray, County Wicklow, and at Presentation College Bray, County Wicklow and Trinity College, Dublin.
Joyce made his Middlesex debut in 1999 and won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2000. He has been a regular member of the first team since 2002, in which year he averaged 51 and scored four hundreds. Joyce replaced Owais Shah as acting county captain midway through the 2004 season, but was not appointed for the 2005 season.
Joyce captained the Middlesex team to victory in the 2008
Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi (Urdu: مصباح الحق خان نیازی) (born May 28, 1974 at Mianwali, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer and current Test and One Day International (ODI) captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is a solid middle-order batsmen best known for his composure with the bat . However, calls are growing for his retirement from ODI's.
Misbah ul Haq has been called Mr. Sensible due to his cool, level-headed approach on the field. He has a masters degree in business administration from the University of Management and Technology (Pakistan).
Misbah was initially noticed for his technique and his temperament in the Tri-nation tournament in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002, as he scored two fifties in the three innings in which he played, however, over the next three Tests he played against Australia, he failed to score more than twenty runs and was soon dumped from the team. Having witnessed Pakistan being eliminated in the opening phase of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Misbah was part of the changes made to the team in the aftermath of these results, but failed to make much of an impact and was soon dropped again.
At the age of 33, Misbah was chosen to play in the inaugural ICC
Mohammad Sami (Urdu: محمد سمیع, born 24 February 1981) is a Pakistani cricketer who plays as fast bowler and is considered to be one of the fastest bowlers in Pakistan after Shoaib Akhtar. He is the only bowler in cricket to notch hat-tricks in all three formats of the game. Sami is known for his quick yorkers and traditional swing good pace.
Sami, initially named as the modern Malcolm Marshall by Imran Khan, made his Test cricket debut against New Zealand in 2001 by taking 8 wickets for 106 runs in the match, including five wickets in the second innings. This was a world record for the most wickets by a debutant. During his third Test match he achieved a hat-trick against Sri Lanka and in 2002 he took his second hat-trick in his career, against the West Indies during a One Day International match. This led to him becoming one of only a two bowlers in cricket (the other was Wasim Akram) to achieve this mark in both forms of the game. He also became one of two Pakistan bowlers to have taken a hat-trick in both Test cricket and One Day International matches, the other being fast bowler Wasim Akram. He also displayed excellent performances against Zimbabwe and New Zealand in 2003. On
Adrian Paul Grayson (born 31 March 1971) is a former English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Yorkshire and Essex.
Grayson made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 1990 where he played for five years. Having been released in 1995, he joined Essex and was awarded his county cap in his first season, 1996. Grayson played for England in one day internationals in 2000, at the ICC knock out Competition. He was out for a golden duck, and his five overs went for 20 runs. He played his second ODI a year later, having been chosen for the squad to tour Zimbabwe.
Grayson retired from first-class cricket at the end of 2005, having scored 8,655 runs at 31.70, and taken 136 wickets at 44.39. In July 2007, he became the head coach at Essex, having previously played for, and coached, their second XI. The Cricketers' Who's Who 2011 stated "Grayson is a progressive coach with sound, modern methods to dealing with todays players. Approachable, reasonable, and quietly authoritative, his coaching style leans on his experiences as a Yorkshire player, and latterly as a canny left-arm spinping allrounder with the county he now coaches". He often talks on BBC Radio Essex during County
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, KNH, OBE (born 7 March 1952) is a former West Indian cricketer. Known as Viv (or King Viv), Richards was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century in 2000, by a 100-member panel of experts, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne. In February 2002, he was judged by Wisden to have played the best One Day International (ODI) innings of all time. In December 2002, he was chosen by Wisden as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, as well as the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Richards was a very powerful right-handed batsman with an extremely attacking style, besides being an excellent fielder, and a handy off-spin bowler. He is often regarded as the most devastating batsman that ever played the game by cricketers, journalists, fans and others alike, and played his entire career without a helmet, across the 17 years from 1974 till 1991.
Several prominent personalities including former cricketer and legendary fast bowler and all-rounder Imran Khan and noted writer John Birmingham are of the opinion that Richards was the best ever batsman against
Daniel Luca Vettori, ONZM (born 27 January 1979) is a cricketer for the New Zealand cricket team. He is the eighth player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3,000 runs. He is the youngest player to have represented New Zealand in Test cricket, having made his debut in 1996–97 at the age of 18, and New Zealand's most-capped test cricketer with 112 caps. Vettori is a bowling all-rounder who bowls slow left-arm orthodox spin; he is known for his accuracy, flight and guile rather than prodigious turn. He has a Test batting average of around 30 making him one of the more consistent and better batsmen in the New Zealand cricket team. In the fourth season of Indian Premier League, he was contracted by Royal Challengers Bangalore for US$550,000. He is currently the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Vettori captained New Zealand between 2007 and 2011.
He was born in Auckland and brought up in Hamilton, attending Marian School and later St. Paul's Collegiate School. When available, he plays provincial cricket for Northern Districts and is also an international member of Indian Premier League team the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Vettori also represents the Brisbane
Mohammad Javed Miandad Khan (Urdu: محمد جاوید میانداد) (born 12 June 1957), popularly known as Javed Miandad (Urdu: جاوید میانداد), is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is Pakistan's leading run scorer in Test cricket. ESPNcricinfo described him that he is "the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced". He has served as a captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is widely known for his big six against India in 1986, when 4 runs were required from the last ball. After his playing career, he has remained the coach of Pakistan cricket team at various occasions, as well as held positions in the Pakistan Cricket Board. He had three coaching stints with the Pakistan national team.
Javed Miandad was born on 12 June 1957 in Karachi. His parents moved from Palanpur, Gujarat, India. Javed Miandad is a Tyagi (Muslim). Cricket was his family game. He had three brothers play first-class cricket in Pakistan: Anwar Miandad, Sohail Miandad and Bashir Miandad. His nephew, Faisal Iqbal, is also a Test cricketer.
Miandad made his Test debut against New Zealand at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on 9 October 1976. He scored 163 in this match, to become the youngest
Timothy Joseph Zoehrer (born 25 September 1961 in Armadale, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricket player. He played as a wicket-keeper.
He began his career in the 1980–81 season with Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield as an understudy to Rod Marsh. After Marsh's retirement he became the number one state keeper and eventually the Australian Test keeper. He played ten Test matches between 1986 and 1987 when Australia were far from the top team in the world, touring New Zealand and India. He also played 22 One Day Internationals.
Zoehrer claims he was replaced as first-choice keeper after a personality clash with Australian coach and newly appointed selector, Bob Simpson. He was replaced firstly by Greg Dyer and then Ian Healy. Zoehrer though he did tour England twice, in 1989 and 1993, as Healy's deputy. Zoehrer played his final One Day International in 1994, at Perth vs South Africa, seven years after his previous appearance again as a replacement for a rested Healy.
Zoehrer was a successful and popular keeper for Western Australia with a state record of 360 dismissals and also took 38 first-class wickets with his leg break bowling. In both of his tours of England
David Lloyd (born 18 March 1947) is a former English cricketer who played county cricket for Lancashire and Test and One Day International cricket for England. He also played semi-professional football for Accrington Stanley. He is known through the cricketing world as "Bumble" due to the similarity between his facial profile and "Bumblies", characters of Michael Bentine's children's television programmes.
A left-handed batsman and left-arm spin bowler, he played nine Tests, with a highest score of 214 not out, and eight One Day International matches. In first class cricket he was a successful all-rounder, scoring a career aggregate of more than 19,000 runs and taking 237 wickets. He captained his county from 1973 to 1977. Following his retirement as a player, he became a first class umpire, and subsequently Lancashire and England cricket coach, resigning the latter post following the 1999 Cricket World Cup. He then became a renowned cricket commentator for Test Match Special, and later Sky Sports, with whom he currently broadcasts. He is also an author, journalist and columnist.
Lloyd was born in Accrington, Lancashire in March 1947, and was educated at Accrington Secondary
John Morris (born John Edward Morris, 1 April 1964, Crewe, Cheshire, England) is a former English cricketer, who played for England in three Tests and eight ODIs from 1990 to 1991. He played first-class cricket for Derbyshire from 1982 to 1993, for Durham from 1994 to 1999 and for Nottinghamshire in 2000 and 2001.
The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, commented that Morris was, "a talented and potentially destructive middle-order batsman.."
Morris joined Derbyshire in 1980. He made his first class debut in the 1982 season against the touring Pakistanis and remained a consistent first team player for twenty one years.
Morris was picked for the three-match Test series at home against India in 1990. He took three catches in the first match and his highest score was 32 in the second innings of the third Test at the Oval, following on.
Morris was selected for the tour to Australia in 1990–1991, and performed adequately enough in the tour matches scoring an important century against Queensland just before the fourth Test. However, during an up-county tour game against Queensland at Carrara, Morris chose to join former Test captain David Gower in a practical joke that backfired. Gower
William Morris "Bill" Lawry, AM (born 11 February 1937) is a former cricketer who played for Victoria and Australia. He captained Australia in 25 Tests, winning nine, losing eight and drawing eight, and led Australia in the inaugural One Day International match, played in 1971. An opening batsman with a reputation for resolute defence, he had the ability to spend long periods of time at the crease. As his career progressed, he wound back his strokeplay to the point where he was described by an English journalist as "the corpse with pads on". Lawry was unceremoniously dumped as captain and player for the final Test of the 1970–71 Ashes series in Australia. Lawry's sacking is regarded as one of the more distasteful incidents in Australian cricket history—he was not informed personally of the selectors' decision before the decision was first broadcast on radio and he only became aware of his fate when confronted by reporters. Lawry is part of Channel Nine's cricket commentary team and has been in the role for over 30 years.
Lawry was born in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury. He was given the names William Morris after the early Prime Minister of Australia, William Morris Hughes. His
James Michael "Jimmy" Anderson (born 30 July 1982 in Burnley, Lancashire) is an English cricketer. He plays first-class cricket for Lancashire County Cricket Club and since bursting onto the scene in 2002/03, before his first full season of county cricket, Anderson has represented England in over 50 Test matches and over 100 One Day Internationals.
A right arm pace bowler, Anderson made his international debut at the age of just 20. On England's 2002/03 tour of Australia, Anderson was drafted into the squad from the England A team due to an injury crisis. When he played his first ODI he had only played five senior one day matches. Anderson went on to feature in the 2003 ICC World Cup and made his Test match debut against Zimbabwe at Lords the next summer. Later in 2003 he experienced a dip in form and confidence against South Africa. After this he was in and out of the team and experienced numerous injuries, including a stress fracture of the back which kept him out of action for most of the 2006 season. He returned to action and features regularly in England's Test squad. He is a regular strike bowler in England's one day team. Currently he is placed at number 3 in ICC test bowler
Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva (Sinhala:පින්නදුවගේ අරවින්ද ද සිල්වා) (born 17 October 1965 in Colombo) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who is considered one of the finest batsmen produced by the country. He is also regarded as one of the most elegant batsman in his generation, and to date is the only player to make a hundred and take 3 or more wickets in a world cup final. He was the head of the national selection committee briefly before stepping down after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
De Silva made his Test match debut in 1984 at Lord's against England. During the early part of his career he was known as a dashing but inconsistent batsman - he was given the nickname "Mad Max" for his tendency to get out to rash shots. He later commented on his aggressive batting style: "That's my natural game - I don't want to change because I feel confident playing that way. If someone is capable of dominating the bowling, they should do it. It's the way I've been playing since I was a youngster." But a successful season playing first-class cricket for the English county Kent in 1995 marked a turning point in his career. De Silva was instrumental in Sri Lanka's triumph in the 1996 Cricket
Ian Michael Chappell (born 26 September 1943) is a former cricketer who played for South Australia and Australia. He captained Australia between 1971 and 1975 before taking a central role in the breakaway World Series Cricket organisation. Born into a cricketing family—his grandfather and brother also captained Australia—Chappell made a hesitant start to international cricket playing as a right-hand middle-order batsman and spin bowler. He found his niche when promoted to bat at number three. Known as "Chappelli", he earned a reputation as one of the greatest captains the game has seen. Chappell's blunt verbal manner led to a series of confrontations with opposition players and cricket administrators; the issue of sledging first arose during his tenure as captain and he was a driving force behind the professionalisation of Australian cricket in the 1970s.
John Arlott called him, "a cricketer of effect rather than the graces". An animated presence at the batting crease, he constantly adjusted his equipment and clothing, and restlessly tapped his bat on the ground as the bowler ran in. Basing his game on a sound defence learned during many hours of childhood lessons, Chappell
Paul Regan Adams (born 20 January 1977 in Cape Town) is a former South African cricketer, a chinaman bowler who played for the national team sporadically since the 1990s. Meanwhile, his first class cricket career registered 412 wickets.
Adams's bowling action was highly unorthodox and Mike Gatting likened it to a "frog in a blender". Though his action initially caught world batsmen by surprise, he was soon exposed for lack of variety by the Australians. As such, he became less effective. December 2006 he was recalled to the Test side for the series against India, only to be dropped from the squad before the first Test. He held the ball with two fingers of his left hand (thumb, and the index finger). He announced his retirement from professional cricket on 2 October 2008, more than four years after his last Test match and five years after his last ODI.
Allan Anthony Donald (born 20 October 1966) is a former South African cricketer and one of their most successful pace bowlers.
In his prime, he was one of the best fast bowlers ever seen in Test cricket, reaching the top of the ICC Test rankings in 1998 and peaked with a top ICC ranking of 895 points the next year, the 25th best ranking ever. In ODIs, he reached 794 points in 1998, second place to his teammate Shaun Pollock, the 28th best ranking ever. In the early 1990s, he was arguably the only world-class bowler in the South African team, until the emergence of Pollock, with whom he made a healthy new-ball partnership from the 1996/1997 tour of India until his retirement in 2002.
He made his Test debut on 18 April 1992 in South Africa's first test since their return to world sport after the abolition of apartheid. South Africa lost to the West Indies in Barbados by 52 runs, but Donald took 2-67 and 4-77, including the prized wicket of Brian Lara.
Known as 'White Lightning', he is remembered as a fearsome fast bowler, scowling and aggressive, with a circular white area of zinc cream across his cheeks and nose. When he retired, he was South Africa's record wicket-taker with 330
David Ivon Gower OBE (born 1 April 1957) is a former English cricketer who became a commentator for Sky Sports. Although he eventually rose to the captaincy of the England cricket team during the 1980s, he is best known for being one of the most stylish left-handed batsmen of the modern era. Gower played 117 Test matches, scoring 8,231 runs. He is thus one of the most capped and highest scoring players in his country's history. He is also one of England's most capped One Day International players, with 114 matches.
Gower led England during the 1985 Ashes series against Australia, and his team was victorious, however two 5-0 whitewashes at the hands of the West Indies (in 1984 and 1985–86) reflected poorly on his captaincy, and Gower was replaced in 1986. Gower was briefly reinstated for the 1989 Ashes series, before being replaced as captain by Graham Gooch. The strained relationship between the pair contributed to Gower's complete retirement in 1993. Nevertheless, he ended with an impressive record in first-class cricket, having accumulated 26,339 runs at 40.08, and 53 centuries. His Test match tally includes the world record feat of 119 consecutive innings without registering a
Kabir Ali (born 24 November 1980) is an English cricketer of Pakistani descent. He currently plays for Hampshire in the English County Championship. A right-arm seam bowler and useful lower-order right-handed batsman, outside cricket he works as a model. He is the first cousin of cricketers Kadeer Ali and Moeen Ali, both of whom used to play alongside Kabir for Worcestershire (Kadeer now plays for Gloucestershire).
After serving his apprenticeship in Worcestershire's Second XI and for the county's Board XI in the 38-County Cup for a couple of years, Kabir Ali made his first-class debut in a drawn game against Middlesex in September 1999. He bowled respectably enough, taking 2–36 and 1–22, but the match's lateness in the season robbed him of the chance to push for a regular place in the first team. Despite several appearances in the Benson & Hedges Cup in April 2000, including an impressive 4–29 on List A debut, Kabir spent most of the first part of that season still in the second team, although by the summer he had pushed his way into the full XI. Also in 2000, Kabir was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award for the most promising young Worcestershire player.
Over the following few
Paul Lee Harris (born 2 November 1978 in Salisbury, Rhodesia) is a South African cricketer who has played Test cricket as a left-arm orthodox spin bowler for the South African team since 2007. He has also played domestic cricket for Northerns, Titans, Western Province and Warwickshire.
Harris was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where his father Mark was a member of the British South Africa Police until 1980. As a young child he moved with his family to South Africa and was brought up in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa. His father is a Pastor in the Fish Hoek area.
Harris lives in Olympus, Pretoria with his wife Marilet.
Late Cricket While playing for Fish Hoek High School Harris was spotted by Western Province coach Duncan Fletcher who brought him into the provincial underage system. At Western Province Harris played alongside then-future England player Jonathan Trott.
Harris made his first-class cricket debut for Western Province B in 1998 in an UCB Bowl match against Eastern Province B in Port Elizabeth. It took over two years for Harris to play another first-class match. Due to intense competition for spinning roles, with Paul Adams and Claude Henderson being preferred over
Geraint Owen Jones MBE (born 14 July 1976) is a Papua New Guinean-born, Australian-raised English cricketer of Welsh extraction. Until August 2006 he was the first-choice wicketkeeper for England in both Test and One-day cricket, but fell behind Chris Read, Paul Nixon, Matt Prior and Tim Ambrose. He plays county cricket for Kent and now plays international cricket for Papua New Guinea.
Jones was born in Kundiawa, Papua New Guinea and moved to Australia with his parents, who were originally from Wales, soon after he was born. He grew up in Toowoomba, Queensland and lived in Australia until he was 22. Upon his return to Britain he trained as a pharmacist in Abergavenny, Wales. He is married to Jen, a former canteen worker at Kent County Cricket Club, and they have one son, Rhys William.
He replaced Chris Read as England wicketkeeper during the 2004 tour of the West Indies. Later that year, he hit a Test match century against New Zealand, including fifteen fours and one six.
In the 2004/5 Winter tour of South Africa he took part in all of England's Test and One-day matches. Notably, he scored a quick 73 in the drawn Test match at Durban and stumped Andrew Hall from the last delivery
Michael Paul Vaughan OBE (born 29 October 1974 in Manchester) is a retired cricketer who represented Yorkshire and England. A classically elegant right-handed batsman and occasional off-spinner, Vaughan was ranked one of the best batsmen in the world following the 2002/3 Ashes, in which he scored 633 runs, including three centuries. Vaughan was an opening batsman and forged a successful England partnership with Marcus Trescothick, though he had often batted in the middle order for England. He was the captain of the England team when they regained the Ashes in 2005, eighteen years after having last won the trophy.
Known for his shrewd captaincy and man-management skills, Vaughan captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, winning 26 (a national record) and losing 11; England won all seven home Tests of the 2004 summer under Vaughan, and the pinnacle of his captaincy career came with a 2–1 victory in the 2005 Ashes, England's first Ashes victory since 1986/7. However, a recurring knee injury, his decision to move down the batting order to accommodate other openers (Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook) and the pressures of captaincy took their toll on Vaughan's batting during
Shaun Maclean Pollock (born 16 July 1973) is a retired South African cricketer who is considered a bowling all-rounder. From 2000 to 2003 he was the captain of the South African cricket team, and also played for Africa XI, World XI, Dolphins and Warwickshire. He was also chosen as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2003. He is the leading wicket taker among South Africans, taking over 400 test wickets and scoring over 3,700 test runs in his 108 Test matches. On 11 January 2008 he announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket after his 303rd One Day International on 3 February.
Shaun Pollock was a fast-medium seam bowler, with the ability to deliver a quicker ball with accuracy and swing.
The nephew of legendary South African cricketer Graeme Pollock and the son of former South African fast bowler Peter Pollock, expectations from him were high since he started playing for South Africa in 1995/96, in their home series against England. He cemented his place in the team with some excellent performances and found a steady bowling partner in Allan Donald. They were to be the mainstay of South African bowling till Donald's retirement.
Pollock was also a very useful
Raghvendrarao Vijay Bharadwaj (Kannada: ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರರಾವ್ ವಿಜಯ್ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ್) pronunciation (help·info) (born August 15, 1975, in Bangalore) is a former Indian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and right-arm offbreak bowler. He was a key architect of Karnataka's three Ranji Trophy triumphs in the 1990s. He won the Man of the Series award on his debut one day international series against South Africa in the LG Cup in Kenya in the 1999–2000 season. Bharadwaj currently coaches Karnataka in Ranji Trophy.
Bharadwaj made his Ranji Trophy debut for Karnataka in 1994. In his first-class career spanning from 1994 to 2006, he played in 96 matches, scoring 5553 runs and grabbing 59 wickets. A slipped-disc problem that afflicted his lower back during India's tour of Australia in 2000 under Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy, undid Bharadwaj's career. Though he recovered from the injury, he not able to replicate his form from the 1998–99 domestic season when he scored 1463 runs and grabbed 21 crucial wickets to help Karnataka defeat Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji final, close on the heels of its earlier titles in the 97-98 and 95-96 seasons. Bharadwaj last played for Karnataka in the 2004–05 season. He
Harbhajan Singh Plaha ( pronunciation (help·info), born 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India), commonly known as Harbhajan Singh, is an Indian cricketer. A specialist bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan. Harbhajan made his Test and One Day International (ODI) debuts in early 1998. His career was initially affected by investigations into the legality of his bowling action, as well as several disciplinary incidents. However in 2001, with leading leg spinner Anil Kumble injured, Harbhajan's career was resuscitated after Indian captain Sourav Ganguly called for his inclusion in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy team. In that series victory over Australia, Harbhajan established himself as the team's leading spinner by taking 32 wickets, becoming the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket.
A finger injury in mid-2003 sidelined him for much of the following year, allowing Kumble to regain his position as the first choice spinner. Harbhajan reclaimed a regular position in the team upon his return in late 2004, but often found himself watching from the sidelines in Test matches outside the Indian
Jeffrey Robert Thomson (born 16 August 1950 in Greenacre, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer. Known as "Thommo", he was one of the fastest bowlers ever to play Test cricket and was the opening partner of fellow fast bowler Dennis Lillee; their combination was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history. Commenting of their bowling during the 1974–75 season, Wisden wrote: "... it was easy to believe they were the fastest pair ever to have coincided in a cricket team".
Competing in a 1978 fast bowling contest that included many of the leading bowlers in the world, Thomson came first with a delivery clocked at 147.9 km/h, ahead of Michael Holding (141.3 km/h) and Imran Khan (139.7 km/h). In 1975 during a Test match, he was timed using high-speed cameras with a release speed of 160.45 km/h; the following year he was timed at 160.58 km/h using conventional radar. Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh kept wicket to Thomson for most of his Test career and claimed that Thomson bowled upwards of 180 km/h. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd regards Thomson as the fastest bowler he has ever seen. Thomson himself noted that he had been timed at the batsman's end of the
Joel Garner (born 16 December 1952), also known as "Big Joel" or "Big Bird", is a former West Indian cricketer, and a member of the highly regarded late 1970s and early '80s West Indies cricket teams.
He was a 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) fast bowler capable of ripping through the heart of opposing batting line-ups. In conjunction with fellow fast bowlers Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft and later Malcolm Marshall, the West Indies reached unprecedented heights in the Test and one-day cricket arenas, not losing a Test series in 15 years.
One of the tallest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, Garner appeared in 58 Tests between 1977 and 1987 and took 259 wickets at an average of barely above 20, making him statistically one of the most effective bowlers of all time.
However, it was in the limited overs cricket that Garner put his height to use with devastating effect. In 98 matches he took 146 wickets. He had the ability to unleash a devastating yorker, as well as the ability to generate more bounce. He is the only player with more than 100 ODI wickets to average under 20, while his economy rate of just over 3 runs per over, and average of less than 20 runs per wicket are also the
Robert William Trevor Key (born 12 May 1979) is an English cricketer. He is the captain of Kent County Cricket Club, and a former member of the England Test match and One Day International sides.
A right-handed opening batsman, Key made appearances at age-group level for Kent from the age of eleven, moving up until he made his first-class debut in 1998. He made appearances for England's youth sides, and was a member of the side which won the 1998 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Following a season of heavy run-scoring, Key was called up to the England A side in 1999.
Following an injury to Marcus Trescothick, Key made his Test debut against India in 2002. He toured Australia during the 2002–03 Ashes series, where he justified his selection ahead of a more experienced player. His One Day International debut came in 2003, against Zimbabwe, however he was dropped from both squads shortly after. Injury to Mark Butcher allowed Key back into the England side for the series against the West Indies in 2004. He scored his maiden Test hundred in the first match of the series, which later became his maiden first-class double century as he scored 221. This performance, coupled with the 93 he scored
Saqlain Mushtaq (Urdu: ثقلین مشتاق) (born December 29, 1976) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is best known for pioneering the "doosra", which he employed to great effect during his career. Saqlain has not been active in international cricket since 2004. A right-arm off break bowler, Saqlain played 49 Test matches and 169 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Pakistan, between 1995 and 2004. He took 208 and 288wickets in Tests and ODIs respectively. He also scored Test Match century, against New Zealand, in March 2001. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram described him as "aggressive as a fast bowler, not afraid of getting hit, and has this total belief in himself".
Saqlain was born on December 29, 1976, in Lahore. His father was a government clerk. He has two elder brothers, Sibtain, who also played first-class cricket for Lahore, and Zulqurnain. Saqlain played for Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental (MAO) college for three years and college won the Championship each year.
Saqlain represented Surrey for eight successive seasons, from 1997 to 2004. However, his time there was interrupted and his international career with Pakistan effectively ended in 2004.
In August 2005, he played his first match
George Bradley "Brad" Hogg (born 6 February 1971), is an Australian cricketer. He is a left-arm chinaman bowler, and a capable lower-order left-handed batsman, as well as an excellent fielder.
Hogg retired from international cricket in 2008 however in 2011/12, at 40 years of age, Hogg made a surprising and triumphant comeback with the Perth Scorchers team in the Australia T20 Big Bash. As a result of that success, Hogg secured contracts from around the world; Bangladesh BPL T20, South Africa Mi-Way T20, India IPL T20, Sri Lanka League T20. At 41 years of age, Hogg is the oldest Australian International Cricketer to be included in a World Cup Squad as he cemented his position in the 2012 Australian T20 World Cup held in Sri Lanka, and three AUS vs Pakistan matches in the leadup to that campaign. On the back of the 2012 World Cup challenge, Hogg heads to South Africa to compete with the Perth Scorchers in the T20 Champions League trophy.
His earlier international career was revitalised by Shane Warne's absence from cricket in 2003 due to suspension from a drugs test and subsequent retirement from one-day cricket. He is Australia's sixth most successful One Day International bowler
Paul Ronald Reiffel (born 19 April 1966, Box Hill, Victoria) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 35 Tests and 92 ODIs from 1992 to 1999. He was part of Australia's victorious 1999 World Cup team. After retirement he became a First Class cricket umpire.
Reiffel's career best bowling figures of 6-71 came at Edgbaston in 1993. Throughout his career he took 104 wickets at 26.96 in 35 Tests, taking 5 or more wickets in an innings five times. An accurate bowler whose main attacking weapon was seam bowling, Reiffel was a more than handy batsman. While limited in his shotmaking ability, he had a solid defence. Reiffel was a Victorian cricket captain who was notorious for declaring the Victoria innings closed in 2001 with Michael Klinger on 99 not out.
Reiffel made his first class umpiring debut in the 2004/2005 season after first umpiring in Melbourne grade cricket in 2002. Reiffel joined the Cricket Australia National Umpire's Panel in the 2005/2006 season. He later became a member of the International Cricket Council International Panel of Umpires and Referees and made his international on-field umpiring debut in a One Day International match between Australia and New Zealand
Roger Andrew Harper (b. 17 March 1963, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana) is a former West Indies cricketer turned coach, who played both Test and ODI cricket for the West Indies. His international career lasted 13 years, from 1983 to 1996, and he was later described as a "fabulous" fielder.
His Test bowling average of 28.06 is superior to that of Lance Gibbs, giving him the leading average among all West Indian spinners with at least 25 Test wickets. One of his most notable performances was against South Africa in the Quarter Finals of the 1996 Cricket World Cup when he took 4/47 to allow the West Indies to seize control of the match.
Harper was an all-rounder who batted right-handed and bowled off breaks with his right arm; as a player, he recorded 535 runs and 46 wickets in his 25 Tests, and he played 200 first class matches. After his playing career, he became coach, taking over the West Indies team between 2000 and 2003, and then as team manager of the West Indies youth team in 2005. However, he was approached by the Cricket Kenya in late December 2005 with an offer of taking over the Kenyan national team after interim coach Mudassar Nazar, and the appointment was made official in
James Savin Foster (born 15 April 1980) is an English cricketer: a wicket-keeper who played seven Tests and 11 One Day Internationals in 2001/02 and 2002/03. Foster played his club cricket at Ilford Cricket Club and then Wanstead & Snaresbrook Cricket Club. He was educated at Forest School, Walthamstow and Durham University, as was fellow cricketer Nasser Hussain, subsequently Foster's captain at Essex and for England. He never cemented his place in the England line-up, and after breaking his arm in a freak practice accident then by the time Alec Stewart finally left the scene first Chris Read and then Geraint Jones had moved above him in the selectors' thoughts.
Foster, who is known by the Essex fans as Fozzy, is often regarded as the best wicket keeper in the game. In July 2011 Alec Stewart described him as the best pure wicket-keeper in the world. This is a fact that is underlined by his ability to stand up to the stumps to many quick bowlers with consistency and excellence, and for his athleticism standing back. However, his batting is seen as mediocre by the England selectors and therefore falls behind Matt Prior, Steven Davies and Craig Kieswetter in terms of a starting place
Morné Morkel (born 6 October 1984) is a cricketer who plays Test and limited overs cricket for South Africa. He is a right-arm fast bowler with "genuine pace" according to former South African fast bowler Allan Donald, and a useful lower order left-handed batsman. However, after a poor run of form, Morkel was dropped from the Test team in 2009. His elder brother Albie Morkel took his place. He regained his Test place in 2010.
In 2012, Morne took 25 wickets in 16 matches and collected the Purple Cap for the best wicket-taking bowler. His team Delhi Daredevils finished first in the tables but failed to make the Playoff Final.
Aged 19, Morkel began his first class career with a match for Easterns against the touring West Indians. He took the new ball with older brother Albie, who later played ODI cricket for South Africa, and began by delivering 17 no-balls in a five-over spell costing 54 runs against West Indies' batsmen Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga and Ramnaresh Sarwan. His first batting effort, however, was an unbeaten 44, which included a ninth-wicket stand of 141 with Albie as Easterns posted 313, trailing by 21. He claimed his first top-class wicket by dismissing Ramnaresh Sarwan,
Graham Alan Gooch OBE DL (born 23 July 1953) is a former cricketer who captained Essex and England. He was one of the most successful international batsmen of his generation, and through a career spanning from 1973 until 2000, he became the most prolific run scorer of all time with 67,057 runs. He is the leading Test run scorer for England, and is one of only twenty-five players to have scored over 100 first-class centuries. He has the most runs in a career in List A cricket which totals 22211 runs. In 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He is currently the batting coach for the England cricket team, a role he has performed since November 2009.
Gooch was born in Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, in East London. He was educated at Norlington School for Boys, in London.
Gooch played first-class cricket regularly between 1973 and 1997. Famous for his upright stance, a high bat-lift and heavy bat he became one of the most prolific run scorers top-class cricket has ever seen. On the 8th November 2011, he received an honorary award from University of East London.
Gooch made his debut in Test cricket in 1975 at 21 against the touring Australia side captained by Ian
Bradley James Haddin (born 23 October 1977 in Cowra, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.
Haddin was selected in the first ever Mercantile Mutual Cup season of 1997–98 for the Canberra Comets, with whom he began his professional cricketing career. In the 1999–2000 season, he began playing for the New South Wales Blues to pursue further cricketing opportunities. Since then, he has produced several memorable batting innings, including a top score of 133 against Victoria. Haddin was signed by Chennai Super Kings in the 2010 IPL. In the 2011 Indian Premier League season, Haddin was contracted by Kolkata Knight Riders for US$325,000.
On 26 September 2012. Haddin scored a century in a sheffield shield match against Tasmania at Bankstown Oval. This is Haddin's first century since November 2010 at the GABBA in the first ashes test against england.
In September 2003, Haddin replaced Simon Katich as captain of New South Wales, while Katich was on international duty, and he since been acting-captain on numerous occasions. He has also captained Australia A. For most of his career Haddin was Australia A wicketkeeper but was drafted into
Damien William Fleming (born 24 April 1970, Bentley, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 20 Tests and 88 ODIs from 1994 to 2001.
He is regarded as one of Australian cricket’s premier pace bowlers, a recognised expert in the art of swing bowling. In recent years Fleming has spent time refining his theory of Bowlology, a set of scientific coaching principles to help developing bowlers.
Fleming's 20 Tests between 1994–95 and 2000-01 returned 75 wickets at an average of 25.89 with best figures of 5/30. He is one of only three men (along with Maurice Allom and Peter Petherick) to have taken a hat-trick on Test debut, against Pakistan. Fleming’s hat-trick was taken against Pakistan at Rawalpindi where he claimed Australia’s nemesis Salim Malik in the second innings as his third wicket.
His Test match record is impressive, with the 1999-2000 season Fleming's finest hour: he claimed 31 wickets in six Tests against Pakistan and India. His career best figures of 5/31 came against India at Adelaide in December 1999, where if not for Shane Warne spilling up a simple slips catch, Fleming would have claimed a second hat-trick.
Fleming's ODI record is equally
Mohammad Hafeez (born October 17, 1980 at Sargodha) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-hand opening batsman and a right-arm offspin bowler. Hafeez usually opens the batting and forms part of bowling attack. He was appointed Captain of the Pakistan T20 team in May 2012 and Vice Captain, under Misbah-ul-Haq, of the ODI and Test teams.
Mohammad Hafeez Cheena was one of several young all-rounders that the Pakistani cricket team turned to in order to revitalise their side after their poor display in 2003 World Cup after they were eliminated in the first round. His form with both bat and ball was inconsistent and in late-2003 he was dropped from the Test squad and subsequently the ODI side. Following strong domestic performances, as well as displaying good form for the Pakistan A side, he remained on the fringes of a recall in 2004.
Hafeez returned to the ODI side in 2005 and despite poor form with the bat, his bowling performances were impressive. In the 2006 series held in Australia, Hafeez smashed his first century for Pakistan. With Pakistan struggling to find a solid opening pair for the Test side, he was recalled for the tour of England. His return to Test cricket was made at
Nathan Wade Bracken (born 12 September 1977) is a former Australian cricketer. A tall left-arm fast-medium bowler, Bracken is capable of swinging the ball both ways. He has represented Australia in all forms of the game. Bracken represented New South Wales in Australian domestic cricket, Eastern Suburbs in Sydney Grade Cricket and also appeared for English County team Gloucestershire in 2004. On 28 January 2011 he announced his retirement from the game due to a chronic knee injury. On 9 February 2012 it was reported that he sued Cricket Australia over later's incompetency to tackle his knee injury.
Nathan Bracken was born in Penrith, New South Wales to parents Gordon and Robin. He spent his childhood living in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, attending Faulconbridge Primary and Springwood High School. He currently resides on the Central Coast of New South Wales and is married to Haley Rich-Bracken with whom he has a child named Chase. He is also studying for an undergraduate degree in communications.
After a stint at the Australian Cricket Academy in 1997, Bracken made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Queensland on 27 October 1998 at Manuka Oval,
Timothy 'Tim' Thomas Bresnan (born 28 February 1985) is an English cricketer. He is a fast-medium bowler, as well as being respected for his ability with the bat for Yorkshire. He normally fields in the deep, but is sometimes found in the slip cordon. He won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2002 and 2003. In June 2006 he was called up to the England One Day International side, and in May 2009, he joined the Test side. He was selected for the 2010–11 Ashes series and played in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG; he took six wickets including the final one which saw England retain the Ashes. England has only lost one Test match Tim Bresnan has played in. This includes wins in the first 13 Test matches Bresnan played in from 2009 to 2012, a draw in his 14th Test and a final loss vs South Africa on the 19th of July 2012. .
Bresnan was born in February 1985 to Ray and Julie. He attended Castleford High School Technology and Sports College, and subsequently attended NEW College, Pontefract. He started his career and played his junior cricket at Townville Cricket Club, the club where his father played his cricket, and where his brother Ritchie still does. He then moved to Castleford Cricket
Christopher Timothy "Chris" Tremlett (born 2 September 1981) is an English cricketer who plays for Surrey County Cricket Club. He is a 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) tall fast-medium bowler and able to extract bounce on most surfaces. Tremlett started his playing career with Hampshire in 2000 and was awarded his county cap in 2004. He made his One Day International debut in 2005, and two years later played his first Test. Tremelett played three Tests in 2007 before injury interrupted.
Tremlett moved to Surrey for the start of 2010 after struggling with injury. Since then he forced his way back into the Test team and participated in England's victory in the 2010–11 Ashes in Australia. He is a competent number 8 or 9 batsman, with seven first-class fifties to his name and has a strong arm from the deep.
Tremlett took a wicket with his first ball in first-class cricket against New Zealand A in 2000, dismissing Mark Richardson. He went to India with the Under-19s in 2000/01, and was one of the first cricketers to attend the ECB Academy the following year.
Tremlett won the NBC Denis Compton Award in both 2000 and 2001. His grandfather Maurice played three times for England in the 1940s and
Ian Joseph Harvey (born 10 July 1972) is an Australian cricketer. He is an all-rounder. He was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2004.
Harvey started his first-class cricket career with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield in 1993 as an all-rounder. He was called up to the Australian one day cricket team in 1997 and has played 73 One Day Internationals. Harvey bowls tightly at the end of games, equipped with a well disguised slower ball, as well as being a big hitting late order batsman, however he did not hit an ODI half-century.
He appeared for Australia in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa as a replacement for the injured Watson. He participated in their first group game of the tournament against Pakistan. He scored a more than a run-a-ball 24 supporting Andrew Symonds who made a match-winning 143 not out. Defending 310, Harvey was the best bowler picking up 4 wickets as Australia won comfortably. Due to Symonds' innings, Harvey lost his place when Darren Lehmann and Michael Bevan returned from injury. He featured in one more group game against Netherlands in a game in which he did not bat but bowled and gained 3 more wickets. 7 wickets in 2 group games as
John Blain (born John Angus Rae Blain on 4 January 1979) is a Scottish first-class cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman, and a right-arm fast-medium pace bowler.
Attaining his first cap in 1996, Blain became Scotland's youngest-capped cricketer since 1890. He played during the 1996 European Championship taking seven wickets at 9.85. Blain was initially signed as a footballer to Falkirk but decided to switch to cricket, signing for Northamptonshire, having not made an impact as a footballer.
Blain left Northamptonshire at the end of the 2003 season to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club, where he made sporadic appearances for the first team until he was initially released in 2006.
He played for Yorkshire League side, Rotherham Cricket Club in 2007, and was due to sign for the Scottish League side, Ferguslie, in 2008. The move fell through, and Blain played for the Scottish Saltires and Rotherham.
He appeared in all Scotland's games at the 1999 and 2007 World Cups. He finished the 1999 event with 10 wickets at 21 with a strike rate of 22.3, the best in the tournament.
In the 2010, Blain made a solitary appearance for Yorkshire in the County Championship, and in both that campaign
Mark Ravin Ramprakash (born 5 September 1969) is a former English cricketer. A right-handed batsman, he initially made his name playing for Middlesex, and was selected for England aged 21. Despite being among the most gifted and heavily scoring English batsman of his generation at county level, he rarely performed well during a long but intermittent international career. He became a particularly prolific run scorer when he moved to Surrey in 2001, averaging over 100 runs per innings in two successive seasons (2006 & 2007). He is one of only 25 players in the history of the sport to have scored 100 first-class centuries.
Mark Ramprakash was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, and is of Indian and English descent. His father, born in the Caribbean, was an Indian from Guyana and his mother was English. He attended Gayton High School (now Harrow High School), and then Harrow Weald Sixth Form College. His first local club was Bessborough Cricket Club in Headstone Lane where he showed early promise as a fast bowler before concentrating on his batting. He played his first match for Middlesex aged just 17, scoring 63 not out against Yorkshire, and top-scoring with 71 in his second match against
Michael Jonathon Slater (born 21 February 1970) is an Australian television presenter and former professional cricketer who played in 74 Tests and 42 ODIs for the Australian cricket team from 1993 to 2001. He subsequently became a cricket commentator and also worked on rugby league coverage with The Footy Show. He was nicknamed "Slats".
The son of Peter and Carole, Slater was born in the New South Wales rural city Wagga Wagga on 21 February 1970 after his parents and two elder siblings (Julian and Tracey) had emigrated from the north-eastern coast of England in 1966. They originally migrated to Launceston, Tasmania, Australia by boat, after deciding against moving to Canada. In Launceston, Slater's father taught agriculture and science at high school, as he had done since graduating from college. After three years in Launceston, the Slaters moved to Wagga Wagga, and Peter became a lecturer in agriculture at what is now known as the Charles Sturt University. Slater lived in Wagga Wagga for his entire childhood, eventually leaving with only fond memories. He later wrote: "Wagga Wagga was a great place to grow up, for many reasons. It was a good size — it had a population of around
Michael "Mike" William Gatting OBE (born 6 June 1957 in Kingsbury, England) is a former English cricketer, who played first-class cricket for Middlesex (1975–1998; captain 1983–1997) and for England from 1977 to 1995, captaining the national side in twenty-three Test matches between 1986 and 1988. He is currently the ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships.
Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, stated, "talk of Gatting the batsman always evokes adjectives such as pugnacious, bold, brave and belligerent".
Before playing cricket professionally, Gatting used to play football for Watford reserves. As a fourteen year old goalkeeper on trial at Queen's Park Rangers, Gatting was told that he was too short and fat to make the grade. He turned to cricket for his sporting future, whilst QPR signed the other trialist that day, Phil Parkes.
In domestic cricket, Gatting was one of the most prolific batsmen in England for most of his career, but it took him several years to establish himself in the England team. He initially had great difficulty converting fifties into centuries at Test match level and he did not achieve a Test century until his fifty-fourth Test innings; he went on to accumulate
Murali Kartik (Tamil: முரளி கார்த்திக் pronunciation (help·info), born September 11, 1976 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India) is a former Indian cricketer who sporadically represented the India national cricket team since 2000. He is a specialist slow left arm orthodox bowler known for his loopy trajectory and ability to spin and bounce, but has found international selection blocked during his prime years by the presence of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. He is also a left-handed batsman, and although he has had some success with the bat at first-class level with 19 half-centuries, he has not been able to repeat this at international level.
After starting out in the Delhi junior system, Kartik moved through the age group ranks at Railways, was selected for the Indian Under-19 team. He made his first-class debut in 1996–97 and after a few productive seasons at domestic level, made his Test debut in early-2000 as Kumble's bowling partner. However, he ran into disciplinary problems and was expelled from the National Cricket Academy in the same year, while new national captain Sourav Ganguly was reluctant to entrust him with responsibility. Ganguly called for off spinner Harbhajan to be
Thomas Masson Moody (born 2 October 1965, Adelaide, South Australia) is a former Australian cricketer and coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Today he is the coach for the IPL team Kings XI Punjab. Schooled at Guildford Grammar School in Perth, where his father was headmaster, he exhibited great talent for athletics (particularly the high jump) and Australian rules football but truly excelled at cricket being selected to train with the 1st XI side (usually made up of year twelve students) at just thirteen, and play with them the following year. Upon leaving school he moved immediately into Western Australian First Grade cricket with the Midland Guildford team.
"Long" Tom Moody, so nicknamed for his 2.01 metre (six foot seven inch) height, began his first class career in the 1985/86 season with Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield and also played in England with Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Captaining WA and Worcester to various trophies, Moody, an aggressive and fast scoring batsman, scored over 20,000 first class runs and hit 64 centuries; he was also a useful medium pace bowler. His 1,387 List A runs for Worcestershire in 1991 is a record for the county.
Jacques Henry Kallis (born 16 October 1975) is a South African cricketer. As an all-rounder he is a formidable right-handed batsman and fast-medium swingbowler. He is one of the greatest all-rounders of all time, being the only cricketer in the history of the game to hold more than 11,000 runs and 250 wickets in both one day and Test match cricket.
He has played in over 150 Tests, boasting a batting average of over 57. From October–December 2007 he produced a streak of five centuries in four Test Matches; with his century in the second innings of the third test against India in January 2011, his 40th in all, he moved past Ricky Ponting to become the second highest scorer of Test centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar who currently has 51 centuries.
He was named Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2008 Wisden for his performances in 2007 in addition to being the "ICC Test Player of the Year" and ICC Player of the Year in 2005. He has been described by Kevin Pietersen and Daryll Cullinan as the greatest cricketer to play the game, and along with Walter Hammond and Sir Garry Sobers is one of the few Test all-rounders whose Test batting average is over 50 and exceeds his Test
John Augustine Snow (born 13 October 1941) played cricket for Sussex and England in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite being the son of a country vicar and publishing two volumes of poetry Snow was England's most formidable fast bowler between Fred Trueman and Bob Willis and played Test Matches with both of them at either end of his career. He is known for bowling England to victory against the West Indies in 1967-68 and Australia in 1970-71 and was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1973. Snow was involved in several on-field incidents stemming from his aggressive, short-pitched bowling. He was considered difficult to handle, had definite ideas on how and when he should bowl and was disciplined by both Sussex and England, but perfectly fitted the public image of a fiery fast bowler. His disdain for the cricketing authorities at Sussex and Lord's was aptly summed up in his autobiography Cricket Rebel as was his decision to play for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket in 1977-79.
Snow was born in Peopleton, Worcestershire, the son of a Scottish vicar who soon after took up a living in the Diocese of Worcester at the village of Elmley Castle. When he was born his grandfather, a cricket
Runako Shakur Morton (22 July 1978 – 4 March 2012) was a Nevisian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-handed offbreak bowler.
A lively, often unpredictable character, Morton was expelled from the West Indian cricketing academy in July 2001 for bad behaviour but continued to play for the Leeward Islands in the Busta Cup. Upon his return in February 2002, he was called into the West Indies squad as a replacement for Marlon Samuels, but he was dropped once again when he lied about his non-appearance in the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2002.
Following a stabbing incident in January 2004, he was arrested but was given a third chance in May 2005 when he was recalled for the South African Test.
He was involved in a bizarre run-out with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the third Test against New Zealand in 2006. Morton drove the ball to mid-on where Daniel Vettori was fielding and ran to the non striker end. Chanderpaul, at the other end, initially took a few steps down the wicket but then turned and went back to the non-striker's end. Morton believed he was out, and furious at his captain, began to walk off. However, following a call to the third umpire it was decided that
Christopher Mark Wells Read (born 10 August 1978) is an English cricketer, a wicket-keeper who is the captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. He has been the first-choice England wicket-keeper on numerous occasions during his career, but has never been able to hold onto the role long term.
Read played for Devon in a NatWest Trophy match at the age of 16, and in 1997 made a single AXA Life League appearance for Gloucestershire, claiming an NBC Denis Compton Award that year. After an England A tour to Kenya and Sri Lanka in the winter - making his first-class debut in Nairobi - Read was picked up by Nottinghamshire for the 1998 season. By June he had established himself in the side and he claimed 42 dismissals that summer as well as making 401 runs.
He toured Zimbabwe and South Africa with the A team the following winter, and in 1999 his maiden first-class century, a well-timed 160 against Warwickshire, brought him selection for the first Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston. Still not 21, Read made a good impression: although he failed with the bat, he claimed eight dismissals, six in the second innings alone. He was retained for Lord's, but suffered a very public
Glenn Donald McGrath AM (/məˈɡrɑː/; born 9 February 1970 in Dubbo, New South Wales), nicknamed "Pigeon", is a former Australian cricket player. He is one of the most highly regarded fast-medium pace bowlers in cricketing history, and a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to the early 21st century.
Known throughout his career for maintaining a remarkably accurate line and length, McGrath's consistency enabled him to be one of the most economical and dangerous fast bowlers of his time. McGrath holds the world record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler and is fourth on the all-time list, with the top three wicket takers Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, and Anil Kumble all being spin bowlers. He has also taken the sixth highest number of One Day International wickets, and holds the record for the most wickets in the Cricket World Cup. McGrath announced his retirement from Test cricket on 23 December 2006, with his Test career coming to an end after the fifth Ashes test in Sydney in January 2007, whilst the 2007 World Cup marked the end of his one-day career. McGrath later played for the Indian Premier League team of
Graeme Ashley Hick MBE (born 23 May 1966) is a Rhodesia-born cricketer who played 65 Test matches and 120 One Day Internationals for England. He played county cricket for Worcestershire for his entire English domestic career, a period of well over twenty years, and in 2008 he surpassed Graham Gooch's record for the most matches in all forms of the game combined. He scored more than 40,000 first-class runs, mostly from number three in the order, and he is one of only three players to have passed 20,000 runs in List A cricket (Graham Gooch and Sachin Tendulkar are the others) and is one of only twenty-five players to have scored 100 centuries in first-class cricket. He is the only cricketer who scored first-class triple hundreds in three different decades (1988, 1997 and 2002). Despite these achievements, he is commonly held to have underachieved in international cricket, a view based on comparison of Hick's overall first-class batting average of 52.23 vis-à-vis his Test average of 31.32.
At one time Hick's bowling was a significant force, and his off-spin claimed more than 200 first-class wickets. However, after 2001 he rarely bowled, and took only one first-class and two List A
Paul David Collingwood MBE (born 26 May 1976) is an English cricketer. He has been a regular member of the England Test side, was captain of the One Day International (ODI) team 2007–2008. He is also vice-captain of his county, Durham County Cricket Club. Collingwood is a batting all-rounder, whose batting combines natural strokeplay with great tenacity. He also bowls reliable medium pace. Described as a "natural athlete", he is also regarded as one of the finest fielders of his time; usually fielding at backward point or in the slips, he has also deputised as wicket-keeper for England.
His first class debut was in 1996, and he made his first appearance for England in One Day International cricket in 2001 and made his Test match debut in 2003. For two years he remained an occasional Test player, but after selection for the final Test of the 2005 Ashes, he secured a regular place. His 206 during the 2006–07 Ashes was the first double century by an England batsman in Australia for 78 years. A series of three consecutive match-winning performances by Collingwood at the end of the 2006–07 Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia brought him enthusiastic approval in the British media. His
Brendon Paul Julian (born 10 August 1970, Hamilton, New Zealand) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 7 Tests and 25 ODIs from 1993 to 1999. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1989.
Standing at 6' 5", he was a dangerous left-arm fast-medium bowler and a tremendously hard-hitting right-handed late-middle order batsman, he was regarded as a prospect to become an all-rounder.
He had two short spells in the Australian Test team. His first stint was in the 1993 Ashes tour against England when he scored a gritty 56*, and secondly his tight and penetrative bowling spells in the history making West Indies tour of 1995 when in the absence of injured Craig McDermott and Damien Fleming, he and Paul Reiffel undertook new ball responsibilities.
He was a regular member of the One-day team during 1998 and 1999, being a member of the winning squad at the 1999 Cricket World Cup, despite being confined to the bench for the majority of the tournament. He was dropped after the tournament.
He is particularly remembered for the Sheffield Shield finals of 1997–98 and 1998–99, in which innings of 124 and 84 respectively played major roles in leading the Western
Piyush Pramod Chawla pronunciation (help·info); born 24 December 1988) is an Indian cricketer who has played for the India U-19 team and the Central Zone. His Hometown is Moradabad,(Uttar Pradesh). He is seen as a leg-spinning allrounder in domestic cricket, but has not fired as a batsman in the One Day International format. He first played for India U-19 against the England U-19 team in 2004-05, claiming 13 wickets from two Under-19 Tests at a bowling average of just above 12. He also played in the 2005-06 home series against Australia U-19, where they won the five-match limited overs series 4-1, taking eight wickets.Piyush Chawla has a bowling speed of between 80 km to 85 rather he has also reached a maximum of 91 km/h.
In the 2005-06 Challenger Trophy, Chawla was selected to play for India B. Although he only bowled three of a possible ten overs in the first match of the series, conceding 21, he picked up two wickets in the next match against India A, and as India B reached the final against the Seniors, he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar - bowled with a googly - in an effort described by Cricinfo as "impressive". He also dismissed Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to
Daryll John Cullinan (born 4 March 1967) is a former South African cricketer, who played Test cricket and One Day Internationals for South Africa as a specialist batsman.
He was the youngest South African to score a first class century, at the age of 16. He also achieved the highest first-class score in domestic South African cricket at the time, scoring 337 not out.
His highest Test score was 275 which was a South African record at the time (as of November 2010, the South African Test record for the highest individual contribution to an innings is 278, achieved by AB de Villiers against Pakistan)
Despite a first-class career spanning almost 20 years, sources such as the Herald Sun quote Cullinan as being Shane Warne's bunny. Cullinan averaged 12.75 against Australia, falling to Shane Warne on four occasions. Cullinan also fell to Warne eight times in One-Day Internationals.
Cullinan's career Test average of 44.21 is only surpassed by nine South Africans with more than ten Tests.
Cullinan was also involved in an unusual stoppage when 'calamari stopped play'. During a regional match in South Africa, Cullinan hit fellow SA international Roger Telemachus for six, whereupon it ended up
Geoffrey Francis Lawson, OAM (born 7 December 1957 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer and the former coach of the Pakistan cricket team.
Nicknamed "Henry" after the Australian poet, Lawson was a fast bowler for New South Wales (NSW) and Australia. He first played for NSW in 1977–78, made his international debut in 1980–81. Lawson made three tours of England, including the 1989 Ashes-winning tour.
For a few seasons in the early 1980s, Lawson was Australia's leading fast bowler, but his career suffered from poor luck with injury.
Lawson received the Order of Australia in 1990 for services to cricket and in 2002 he was given the Australian Sports Medal. He is a qualified optometrist who graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) from the University of New South Wales.
Since his playing retirement, Lawson has been a coach, commentator and writer on the game. He has broadcast for ABC Radio, Channel Nine and Foxsports, and contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald and other newspapers and magazines in various countries. He has coached the Pakistan national cricket team and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
Lawson first came to notice in international cricket by
Mark Alan Ealham (born 27 August 1969) is a retired English cricketer, who played domestic cricket for Kent C.C.C. and Nottinghamshire C.C.C.. He is an all-rounder and is a former England international at both Test and one-day cricket.
Ealham was born in Willesborough, Kent, and began his career with Kent C.C.C.; his father, Alan Ealham, had spent his entire career with the club. He made his first-class and list A cricket debuts for Kent in 1989.
Ealham was first called into the England team for the start of India's tour of England in 1996. His one-day debut came on 23 May in the first one-day international. Although no result was possible due to rain, Ealham impressed as he reached 40 runs before being bowled by Anil Kumble. He made his Test debut in the third Test, played between 4 July and 9 July 1996. Ealham once again impressed, he scored 51 runs in the first innings and took second-innings bowling figures of 4/21, which he never surpassed at Test level; the game ended in a draw.
Despite his promising Test debut, Ealham was always regarded as a limited-overs specialist. This belief is mainly due to his free-swinging batting style; during a Twenty20 Cup match in 2005 against
Makhaya Ntini (born 6 July 1977) is a former South African cricketer who was the first ethnically black player to play for the South African team. A fast bowler, he tends to bowl from wide of the crease with brisk, although not express, pace. He survived legal controversy early on in his career to become only the third South African to take 300 Test wickets after Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald, and to reach second place in the ICC test match bowling ratings. He plays domestic cricket for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Makhaya Ntini was born in Mdingi, a small village in Cape Province which is near King William's Town (currently in Eastern Cape province). He was discovered by a Boland Cricket Board development officer who was setting up a mini-cricket programme. Although Ntini was both too old and too big to participate in the programme, the officer, Raymond Bool noticed the bared-footed cowherd's enthusiasm and talent for bowling. He lent the 15 year old Ntini a pair of plimsolls and arranged for him to participate in a net session in King William's Town. Ntini impressed Bool, who contacted the head of the development programme, Greg Hayes, and the pair
Matthew James Prior (born 26 February 1982) is an English One Day International (ODI) and Test cricketer who plays domestic cricket for Sussex. He is a wicket-keeper, and his aggressive right-handed batting enables him to open the innings in ODI matches. With an international Test debut score of 126, Prior became the first English wicket-keeper to hit a century in his debut match in early 2007. His glovework, however, was criticised. Despite a successful tour of Sri Lanka with the bat, Prior's keeping was less successful, and he was dropped from the team for the 2008 tour of New Zealand. He returned for the 2008 series against South Africa, and was retained into 2009, where he became the second fastest England keeper to reach 1,000 Test runs, behind Les Ames.
Prior was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to England with his family aged 11. His mother is South African and his father is English.Prior attended Brighton College during which time he began playing for Sussex County Cricket Club. From an early age Prior showed commitment to charitable causes and has never shied away from taking part in matches and events in the name of charity. He is married to Emily, the
Stuart Charles Glyndwr MacGill (born 25 February 1971) is a former right-arm leg spin bowler of the Australian cricket team, with a domestic career at Western Australia, New South Wales, Nottinghamshire, Devon and Somerset. He has been credited with having the best strike rate of any modern leg-spin bowler, however he did not have a regular place in the Australian Test team due to the dominance of Shane Warne in the position of sole spinner. His bowling was slightly slower through the air than Warne, but he was a prodigious turner of the ball.
He was brought back in 2007 after the retirement of Warne, as spinner for the first Test against the Sri Lankan cricket team. He announced his retirement from international cricket during the second Test of Australia's 2008 tour of the West Indies. Moving into commentary, MacGill co-hosted the 2009 Ashes series on SBS with Damien Martyn and Greg Matthews. MacGill was a radio co-host on the Triple M Sydney breakfast program, The Grill Team from 2009 until 2010.
MacGill was born in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley and began his first-class career in the 1993/94 season playing for Western Australia. Both his father, Terry MacGill, and his
Vikram Singh Solanki (born 1 April 1976) is an Indian-born English cricketer, who plays county cricket for Worcestershire. In 2007, he became the 24th Worcestershire batsman to pass 10,000 career runs for the county. He also captained Worcestershire from 2005 to 2010, before resigning mid-season. He as also played over 50 One Day Internationals for his country as a batsman and occasional off-spinner.
Solanki was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, but moved to Wolverhampton with his family at the age of eight. Solanki played junior and senior cricket for Wolverhampton cricket club where he was a childhood prodigy under coach Arthur Pickering he often starred as a wicket keeper, bowler and batsman, Solanki once scored over 100 in a twenty over game by himself. He made his first-class debut for Worcestershire in 1995, although he had played one-day cricket for the county two seasons earlier. In 1996 he was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award. Although generally an occasional bowler, Solanki produced a ten-wicket haul, five wickets in each innings, against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1996. In 1999 he achieved a batting average of over 40, something he repeated in 2000, 2002, 2004 and
Yograjsingh Bhagsingh Bhandal, popularly known as Yograj Singh or simply Yograj pronunciation (help·info) (born 25 March 1958 in Chandigarh, Punjab, India) was an Indian cricketer who played one Test and six ODIs for India as a right-arm fast-medium bowler. After his career was ended by injury, he entered Punjwood, Punjabi film industry. His son Yuvraj has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000. Yograj hails from village Kanech, right next to Doraha, in Ludhiana district of Punjab.
Yograj Singh was married to Shabnam Singh,but later he divorced her. Yograj and Shabnam have two sons,Yuvraj and Zoravar Singh.
Naeem Ashraf ( نعیم اشرف ) was born November 15, 1972, Lahore, Punjab and is a former Pakistani cricketer who played two One Day International matches in 1995. Naeem is a left-arm fast-medium bowler and a left-handed batsman.
Naeem now plays for Clithroe Cricket Club in Lancashire, England and is one of the head coaches of the Clithroe Cobras alongside his long-time friend Farouk Hussain. Naeem is a fully qualified Cricket coach and coaches on behalf of Lancashire Cricket Board. In 2010, Naeem became a qualified ACO Umpire a step which he was very proud of achieving. Naeem enjoys being part of cricket, whether it is being a cricketer, coach or a umpire.
Naeem Ashraf was born to Azra Begum and Mohammad Ashraf, a small business owner in Lahore. Naeem who is also known as Nomme by his close friends and family grew up in a middle-class family with six brothers and three sisters, Naeem is the third eldest brother in the family. Naeem was educated at Muslim Model High School in Lahore and M.A.O. College in Lahore.
In England, during a summer cricket match of 2000, Naeem met his soul mate Nasara. Jasmine, a massive fan of cricket came to watch the match but soon realised that the match
Ricky Thomas Ponting AO (born 19 December 1974), nicknamed Punter, is an Australian cricketer, a former captain of the Australia national cricket team between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day International cricket. He is a specialist right-handed batsman, slips and close catching fielder, as well as a very occasional bowler. He represents the Tasmanian Tigers in Australian domestic cricket, the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, and played in the Indian Premier League with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008.
Ponting made his first-class debut for Tasmania in November 1992, when just 17 years and 337 days old, becoming the youngest Tasmanian to play in a Sheffield Shield match. However, he had to wait until 1995 before making his One Day International (ODI) debut, during a quadrangular tournament in New Zealand in a match against South Africa. His Test debut followed shortly after, when selected for the first Test of the 1995 home series against Sri Lanka in Perth, in which he scored 96. He lost his place in the national team several times in the period before early-1999, due to lack of form and discipline, before becoming One Day International
Glenn Maitland Turner (born 26 May 1947) played cricket for New Zealand and was one of the country's best and most prolific batsmen. He is the current head of the New Zealand Cricket selection panel.
Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, he represented New Zealand in 41 Tests, and achieved an average of 44.64, including seven centuries. He went to O.B.H.S. (Otago Boys' High School). He would have appeared for his country much more, however, had he not elected to be unavailable for several seasons after falling out with administrators. Instead, Turner made his mark on the first-class cricket scene, particularly with Worcestershire in the English county championship. In all, he played 455 first-class matches, amassing 34,346 runs at 49.70, including 103 centuries—making him one of a select few to score a "century of centuries", one of only four non-English cricketers to do so (the others being Donald Bradman, Zaheer Abbas and Viv Richards). Turner also coached the New Zealand side twice—once in the mid-1980s, when he presided over the team's first and (to date) only series victory in Australia, and again a decade later.
Turner is one of only two players (the other being Graeme Hick) since
Michael Edward Killeen Hussey (born 27 May 1975) is an Australian cricketer, a left-handed specialist batsman. Hussey is also widely known by his nickname Mr Cricket. Hussey was a relative latecomer to both the one-day international and Test Australian teams, debuting at 28 and 30 years of age in the respective formats, with 15,313 first-class runs before making his Test debut. However, he has had a highly successful international career, being the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world in 2006. He plays first-class cricket as vice-captain of the Western Warriors in Australia and has played for three counties in England. He also plays in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings, although he opted out of the 2009 season. He was retained by Chennai Super Kings in the 2011–2012 season of Indian Premier League for $425,000 at auctions held in January 2011.
Hussey initially played for his native Western Australian Warriors, and his career total of 6471 runs ranks eighth in the list of that state's run-makers in the Sheffield Shield. He then moved to England, where in July 2001 he scored an unbeaten 329 (a Northamptonshire club record) at Wantage Road in his side's 633 for six
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Peter Laurence Taylor (born 22 August 1956, North Sydney, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 13 Tests and 83 ODIs from 1987 to 1992.
His initial selection for Australia in 1986-1987 after only a handful of games for NSW was a huge shock. It was initially thought that his more known New South Wales colleague Mark Taylor was selected. He was dubbed Peter Who? by the media. He justified his selectors with a stunning 6/78 on debut against England at Sydney. He however was unable to repeat such a feat again in his test career (12 more matches between 1987 and 1992).
However Taylor became the staple spin-bowler of the Australian One Day team of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was able to bowl his off-spin with economy and pick up vital wickets in matches. He was also a good fielder and an able lower order batsman. He played 83 times taking 97 wickets between 1987 and 1992, appearing in both the 1987 and the 1992 World Cups.
Taylor played for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield between 1985 and 1990 and played two seasons for Queensland (1990–92)
Taylor was noted for his deliberate approach to the
Bruce Yardley (born 5 September 1947, Midland, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 33 Tests and 7 ODIs from 1978 to 1983. He is generally regarded, alongside Ashley Mallett, as one of the two best off spinners Australia has produced.
Known to his teammates as 'Roo', Yardley was an off-spin bowler who, like many spinners, began life as a fast-medium pace seamer. In his late 20s Yardley switched to off-spin and had success at club and then state level. His technique was slightly unusual in that he bowled at near medium-pace, rolling the ball off his middle finger rather than the index finger like conventional off-spinners. A handy number-eight batsman who scored four test half-centuries his batting was often characterised by a Yardley yahoo over the top of slips which opposition teams sometimes attempted to counter using a fly slip. Yardley was also an exceptional fielder in the gully region taking 31 catches in his 33 tests including a number of spectacular efforts. He was also the recipient of some fine fielding being the lucky bowler when John Dyson took his catch of the century to dismiss West Indian Sylvester Clarke.
In the early 1980s Yardley was
Daniel Kyle Morrison (born 3 February 1966) is a former New Zealand cricketer (Black Caps). He specialised as a pace bowler with a useful outswinger. He made his test debut for New Zealand in 1987 at the age of 21 against Australia.
His most notable bowling accomplishment occurred on 25 March 1994, when he took a hat-trick in a One Day International (ODI) against India. He is one of only two New Zealanders and twenty-one players worldwide to have taken an ODI hat-trick. He is fondly remembered by his fans for his big grin and his unique bowling action. During the final stride of the delivery his bowling arm used to displace air behind the umpire in such a manner that it would make umpire’s shirt flutter.
Morrison's most notable "accomplishment" as a batsman is that he once held the world record for Test ducks. Of the 48 Tests he played in 24 of those appearances at the batting crease he was dismissed for zero runs each time.
Morrison was often subjected to good natured ridicule regarding this from his teammates and the general public due to his feeble efforts. This went as far as a tie being manufactured in 1996 featuring numerous ducks to celebrate his world record. He is
Darren Julius Garvey Sammy (born December 20, 1983) is a Saint Lucian cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. He is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler. On making his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004, Sammy became the first person from the island of St. Lucia to play international cricket. Three years later he made his Test debut against England, taking 7/66 which were the best bowling figures for a West Indian in his first Test since Alf Valentine in 1950. Sammy was appointed West Indies captain in October 2010. He scored his maiden Test century in May 2012 during a match against England.
Sammy also captained West Indies to the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 victory against Sri Lanka, their first major trophy for 8 years. They won the ICC Champions trophy against England in 2004.
On 2 October 2001 Darren Sammy made his List A debut at the age of 17. Playing in the Red Stripe Bowl for the Northern Windward Islands against Jamaica he bowled nine overs without taking a wicket and scored 25 runs before he was run out as his team slid to defeat. Playing three matches Sammy was his team's second-highest run-scorer with 90 runs,
Dennis Leslie Amiss MBE (born 7 April 1943, Harborne, Birmingham, Warwickshire) was an English cricketer and cricket administrator.
Amiss suffered a serious back injury whilst playing soccer in his teenage years, which entailed him starting each day of his sporting life undergoing stretching routines to loosen up.
He played cricket for both Warwickshire County Cricket Club and England. A right-handed batsman, Amiss was a brilliant stroke maker particularly through extra cover and midwicket - his two favourite areas to score runs. He was an accomplished batsman in all forms of the game. He averaged 42.86 in first-class, 35.06 in List-A, 46.30 in Tests and 47.72 in One Day Internationals. In first-class cricket he scored 102 centuries, and his England record amassed over 50 Tests ranks him with the best England has produced.
After retiring as a player in 1987, he served Warwickshire as Chairman of the Cricket Committee, and he followed David Heath as Chief Executive from 1994 until 2005. In 1992 he was selected as an England selector. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Birmingham in the summer of 2007.
Amiss made his Test debut for England in the fifth Test of
Congenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando (born 19 July 1979) is a cricketer who plays for Sri Lanka. He is a right-handed pace bowler. Dilhara studied at De Mazenod College Kandana. He started off his school career as a basketball player but was spotted by the college cricket coach because of his build and height and has never looked back since.
Fernando is best known for his rare technique when bowling the slower ball by splitting the fingers on the ball as it is released from the hand.
Fernando first debuted for Sri Lanka in a Test Match against Pakistan at Colombo in June 2000. Six months later in a game at Durban he clocked 91.9 mph. He bowled at 93.40 mph vs Bangladesh at India. His international career however has been limited due to injury. In the period of a year he suffered two stress fracture of the back and as a result missed the their home series against Australia in 2004.
In the 2010 tour of Australia, in the 3rd and final ODI at The Gabba, he clocked speeds reaching 150 kilometres per hour (93 mph).
In 2008 he appeared briefly in English county cricket, playing one County Championship and two Pro40 matches at the end of the season for Worcestershire.
He is a Christian
Gregory Michael Ritchie (born 23 January 1960, Stanthorpe, Queensland) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 30 Tests and 44 ODIs from 1982 to 1987.
Ritchie played for Queensland between 1980 and 1992. He scored 10,170 runs in his first class cricket career at an average of 44.21 including 24 centuries and 54 fifties. In the year 2000 he was named as one of the seven greatest Sheffield Shield run scorers in Queensland history for amassing over 6,000 runs for his state.
Ritchie was affectionately known as "Fat Cat" due to his burly build. He was selected for Australia's 1982-83 tour of Pakistan as a middle-order batsman replacement for Greg Chappell. He scored his first century, 106 not out, in his second Test at Faisalabad. He was unable to force his way into the Australia side over the 1982-83 and 1983-84 summers but was picked on the 1984 tours of the West Indies and India and made the Australian side over the 1984-85 summer. He was a fixture in the middle order between 1985 and 1987 that included the 1985 The Ashes tour to England, where he scored his highest score 146 at Nottingham, the 1986 tours of New Zealand and India, and the 1986-87 England tour of Australia.
Qazi Habibul Bashar (Bengali: কাজী হাবিবুল বাশার) (born August 17, 1972) is a Bangladeshi cricketer, and the former captain of the Bangladeshi cricket team. Under the managership of Dav Whatmore, he has been found to be the most successful captain to lead the Bangladesh team to overcome several milestones. The first test victory of Bangladesh came under his hands in 2004 against Zimbabwe. Under Bashar's captaincy, Bangladesh have beaten Australia, India, South Africa and Sri Lanka in limited overs matches. Bashar is currently one of the chief selectors of BCB, along with Akram Khan and Minhajul Abedin.
In 1989 Bashar played for the Bangladesh Under-19 team in the U-19 Asia Cup. Through the 1990s he played his domestic cricket for Biman Bangladesh Airlines. His ODI debut came at the 1995 Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. He missed the 1997 ICC Trophy, in which Bangladesh were the champions but did play in the Asia Cup of that year. He was also left out of the 1999 World Cup squad. After the World Cup he again entered the team and with Eddie Barlow’s inspiration he got the chance to play more.
Keeping up with the traditional inconsistency with announcing the side, Bashar was again out of
Jonathan Neil "Jonty" Rhodes (born 27 July 1969) is a former South African Test and One Day International cricketer who played for the South African cricket team between 1992 and 2003.
Rhodes was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa. As a right-handed batsman he was noted for his quick running, however he was especially noted for his fielding, particularly catching, ground fielding and throwing from his most common position of backward point.
A report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showed that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the ninth highest number of run outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the third highest success rate.
During his career he also played club cricket for the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and first-class cricket for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, KwaZulu-Natal and Natal. Rhodes retired from Test cricket in 2000, and from one day cricket in 2003 after an injury during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Rhodes also represented South Africa at hockey, and was chosen as part of the 1992 Olympic Games squad to go to Barcelona; however, the squad did not qualify to go to the tournament. He was also called up for
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (born 16 August 1974) is a cricketer, and former captain of the West Indies cricket team. He is the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Tests for the West Indies and has captained them in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals. Chanderpaul is currently ranked number four test batsman in the world in the ICC official rankings.
A West Indian cricketer of Indian origin, the left-handed Chanderpaul is known for his doggedness and ability to stick on the wicket for long hours. He is known in the cricketing world for his unorthodox front-on batting stance, although he shifts his body into a more conventional position when he plays the ball, thus making him a prolific scorer on both sides of the wicket. His stance allows him to get most of his runs behind the wicket. Chanderpaul is renowned for playing left arm spin bowlers by getting his pad outside the line of off-stump, and hiding his bat behind the pad, in imitation of a shot, but without the risk of edging the ball. Chanderpaul's first notable impact on Test cricket was as being the last batting partner of Brian Lara when Lara broke Gary Sobers' record of 365 not out in the fifth and final Test against England in
Bruce Anthony Reid (born 14 March 1963, Perth, Australia) is an Australian cricketer and bowling coach of the Indian national cricket team on their 2003-04 tour to Australia.
He represented Australia in Test cricket between December 1985 and December 1992 and in One Day Internationals between January 1986 and March 1992. He played 27 Test matches for Australia taking 113 Test wickets at an average of 24.63 runs per wicket. He also played 61 one-day-internationals taking 63 ODI wickets. Reid played for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.
He was 2.03 metres (6 feet 8 inches) tall and along with Joel Garner, one of the tallest players ever to have played international cricket.
His statistics are not extraordinary, but they do not tell the entire story. He bowled left-arm fast-medium and had natural swing and awkward angle of delivery. Along with that, he achieved steepling bounce from his great height and was very accurate. But being very thin in build, he frequently broke down with injuries and was rarely fully fit. Injuries therefore limited his international appearances though in the 1990-91 Ashes series v England he took 27 wickets in the five Test matches.
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Corey Dalanelo Collymore (born 21 December 1977) is a Barbadian cricketer whose speciality is seam bowling. He has represented the West Indies team in both Tests and ODIs cricket. In a side that so often chopped and changed he became one of their most experienced bowlers. His knowledge of putting the ball in the right place and his high work rate are qualities that have been highly sought after in the current West Indian team. He often shares the new ball with youngsters like his childhood friend Fidel Edwards.
Since 1999 he has been in and out of the team due to both form and injury. His main injury complaint has been stress fractures. At the end of the West Indies' tour of England in 2000 many had written him off as he again broke down. A determined man, he came back strongly and was part of the West Indies' World Cup campaign in 2003. He was recalled to the Test team where they hosted the Sri Lankans. After five wickets in the first Test, his career defining innings would come in the second. He led the charge to a seven wicket victory with 7 for 57.
His matured approach and accuracy with the ball was shown during India's tour of the West Indies in 2006. Collymore would finish
John Dyson (born 11 June 1954, Kogarah, New South Wales) is a former international cricketer (batsman) who is now a cricket coach, most recently in charge of the West Indies.
He played 30 Test matches and 29 ODIs for Australia from 1977 to 1984. He did not enjoy as much success at the international level as he did at the first class level. In first-class matches, he scored nearly 10,000 runs at an average of 40.
He is probably best remembered for his "catch of the century" at the SCG, West Indies v Australia, 5 January 1982 when he caught Sylvester Clarke in the outfield, over his head, at a 45-degree angle to the ground, running backwards.
Dyson participated in two "rebel tours" of South Africa in 1985-86 and 1986–87, scoring over 1,000 runs.
He played soccer as a goalkeeper in the Sutherland Shire (Cronulla RSL) and was a member of the side that won the Dallimore Competition and runners-up in the NSW Amateur Cup final.
On 21 October 2007 he was named as coach of the West Indies having previously coached Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2005.
On 20 March 2009 he incorrectly called the West Indies in because of bad light after 46.2 overs over of an ODI against England. His decision to do so
Mudassar Nazar (Urdu: مدثر نذر) (born 6 April 1956, Lahore, Punjab) is a former Pakistani cricketer with a career in Test cricket for Pakistan and in league cricket in Pakistan and England. After retiring from professional cricket, he has had a number of administrative positions in the cricketing world, including two stints as coach for Pakistan in 1993 and 2001, for Kenya and for several other teams.
Mudassar made his debut in Test cricket for Pakistan against Australia in Adelaide on 24 December 1976. The son of Test cricketer Nazar Mohammad, he followed in his father's footsteps to open Pakistan's opening batting. Mudassar now resides in Bolton, England. He played for many prominent league teams in Pakistan, and played his last Test match against New Zealand at Auckland on 28 February 1989, but he continued playing first-class cricket until 1993. He became the second Pakistani after his father to carry the bat as an opener in the fifth Test of the 1982-83 series against India. One time Mudassar Nazar held a record for highest partnership in Test Cricket of 451-runs, 3rd-wicket with Javed Miandad against India at Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1982-83. He also holds the record for the
Nick Warren is an English house DJ and producer. He is well known for his eight albums released in the Global Underground series and as a member of the duo Way Out West. He is head of A&R for the progressive house and breaks record label Hope Recordings.
In 1988, Nick Warren began DJ-ing in Bristol, playing mainly reggae and indie music until house music became more popular in the UK. By the early 1990s, Warren had become one of the more popular DJs in Bristol, performing regularly at the superclub Vision and DJ-ing for Massive Attack.
While working at a record store in 1994, Nick Warren met producer Jody Wisternoff and the two decided to work together. Their first collaboration was on the track "Paradise is the Sound" which they released under the artist name Sub-Version 3. Warren describes Wisternoff as being the more technical of the two, while Warren states that he "bring[s] most of the sounds into our projects" and an understanding of what music needs to be successful at dance clubs. Their next two releases were issued under the name Echo, with Way Out West being the name of their remix project. The duo soon adopted the name for their act and signed a deal with Deconstruction
Sajid "Saj" Iqbal Mahmood (Urdu: ساجد اقبال محمود, Sājid Iqbāl Maḥmūd; born 21 December 1981) is an English cricketer of Pakistani descent. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler who plays international cricket for England and formerly played county cricket for Lancashire.
Sajid Mahmood's grandfather, Llal Khan, emigrated from Rawalpindi in Pakistan to England with his family in 1968. The family settled in Halliwell, a residential area of Bolton. Sajid Mahmood was born in in Bolton, Greater Manchester on 21 December 1981, the son of Shahid Mahmood, and grew up with his family. He has a sister and two brothers and is first cousin to boxer Amir Khan. Khan is five years younger than Mahmood and the two cousins stay close, having grown up living near to each other.
Mahmood began playing club cricket in the Bolton Leagues, and played well enough to be signed by Lancashire in 2002. He made his debut for Lancashire in 2002 whilst on a scholarship with the club.
He won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2003; in the same year, he inadvertently broke the hands of Lancashire team-mate Andrew Flintoff and England A team-mate Alex Gidman, an early indicator of his pace. In September 2003, Mahmood
Shahid Anwar (Born July 5, 1968) in Multan Shahid Anwar is a former Pakistani International cricketer. He made his one-day debut against England, scoring 37 runs but was never recalled to the national team. In his cricket career, Shahid Anwar played for Pakistan, Lahore, Bahawalpur, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Automobiles Corporation, Pakistan National Shipping Corporation and the UK Cricket League Circuit. Shahid Anwar captained the National Bank Grade 1 and Lahore Grade 1 teams to national championships (both as captain)
Shahid Anwar appeared in 216 first class games as batting all-rounder, scoring 12100 runs (at 34.87) with a highest score of 195, as well as appearing in 152 list "A" matches. His first-class career is punctuated with 26 centuries and 63 half centuries. Shahid Anwar took 61 wickets in first class cricket with a career best of 6/2.
After retiring from First Class Cricket, Shahid proceeded to become one of the most successful cricket coaches in Pakistan. After completing Level I, II and III cricket coaching diplomas from CA (Cricket Australia), he joined Sialkot Stallions as their head coach and propelled them to National T-20 Championship, and the National
Imran Khan Niazi HI PP ASA FRCPE (Urdu: عمران خان نیازی; born 25 November 1952), known as Imran Khan (Urdu: عمران خان ), is a Pakistani politician and former cricketer. He played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century and, after retiring, entered politics. Besides his political activism, Khan is also a philanthropist, cricket commentator, Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Founding Chairman Board of Governors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre.
He was Pakistan's most successful cricket captain famous for his leadership in letting win 1992 Cricket World Cup, playing for the Pakistani cricket team from 1971 to 1992, and serving as its captain intermittently throughout 1982–1992. After retiring from cricket at the end of the 1987 World Cup in 1988, due to popular public demand he was requested to come back by the president of Pakistan to lead the team once again. At 39, Khan led his teammates to Pakistan's first and only World Cup victory in 1992. He has a record of 3807 runs and 362 wickets in Test cricket, making him one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an 'All-rounder's Triple' in Test matches. On 14 July
James Charles Hildreth (born 9 September 1984 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire) is an English cricketer who plays for Somerset County Cricket Club. He attended Millfield School, Somerset. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. Hildreth represented England at all youth levels including the 2003-04 Under-19 World cup held in Bangladesh. He made his first-class debut in 2003 and has been a regular member of the side since the start of the 2004 season.
Born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Hildreth attended Millfield, an independent school in Street, Somerset described as a "great nursery of the game [of cricket]". He finished third in the school's batting averages in 2000, with 30.38 and a top-score of 75 not out. The following season his batting figures were significantly worse—he averaged just 14.30—but he topped the school's bowling averages with 11.41, his best figures being 4/2. In 2002, Hildreth was one of three Millfield pupils chosen to play in the annual ECB try-out match. He didn't score enough runs to be included in Wisden's school batting averages in 2002, but his 17 wickets taken at an average of 13.05 rated him as the school's joint
Mohammad Ashraful (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ আশরাফুল) (born 7 July 1984) is a Bangladeshi international cricket player and has represented the Bangladesh national cricket team. A top-order batsman with a penchant for flashy strokeplay, he has also been selected to represent ACC Asia XI ODI side. Between 2007 and 2009, Ashraful captained his country in 13 Tests, losing all but one which ended in a draw, and 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs) of which Bangladesh won eight. Ashraful scored the fastest fifty in the test among any batsman of the world and scored the fastest fifty in the ODI and twenty20 international among any Bangladeshi batsman. Ashraful is Bangladesh's second-highest run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs. When not playing with the national team, Ashraful plays domestic cricket for the Dhaka Division cricket team in Bangladesh's domestic one-day and first-class competitions, captaining both sides on occasion.
Ashraful made his first-class debut on 22 November 2000, playing for Dhaka Metropolis cricket team. He opened the batting, scoring 41 and 6; Ashraful also claimed five wickets for 59 runs in the first innings with his leg-spin bowling. Three days later Ashraful made his list A
Nathan John Astle (born 15 September 1971 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand cricketer. He was an attacking batsman who liked to play batting shots such as the cover drive and the pull shot. He also scored the world's fastest Test double century in terms of balls faced. This remarkable innings of 222 was scored in just 168 balls (vs. England at Jade Stadium, Christchurch in 2002). Astle reached the double-century after only 153 balls, with the second 100 of the double century coming off just 39 balls.
As a batsman, Astle opened the batting for New Zealand in one day cricket, whereas he batted in the middle order in Test cricket. He was also a right arm medium bowler.
Nathan has 16 ODI Centuries and 37 ODI Fifties to his name and is the second highest run-scorer of all time in One-Day Internationals for New Zealand. His highest ODI score of 145* was recorded against relative minnows USA although he won several matches for his country against countries with full Test match status. He has played County Cricket in England for Derbyshire, Durham and Nottinghamshire and plays for Canterbury in New Zealand.
On 31 May 2006, Lancashire announced that Astle would be a
Syed Zaheer Abbas Kirmani (Urdu: سید ظہیر عباس کرمانی) (born 24 July 1947, Sialkot), popularly known as Zaheer Abbas, is a former Pakistani cricketer, regarded as one of the finest batsman produced by that country. He is widely known as the "Asian Bradman", a reference to former Australian great Sir Donald Bradman. He is among few professional cricketers who used to wear spectacles. In 1982/1983, he became the first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in one-day internationals.
Abbas made his Test match debut in 1969, and in his second Test he scored 274 against England, still the fourth ever highest score by a Pakistani batsman. This was the first of four double-centuries Abbas made; only ten men have scored more. The last of his four Test double-centuries was an innings of 215 against India in 1983, the first of three centuries in consecutive Tests, and his hundredth first-class century; Abbas and Geoffrey Boycott are the only two batsmen to have scored their hundredth first-class century in a Test match.
Abbas, fondly called the "Run Machine", also had great success in first-class cricket, and is the only Asian batsman to have scored one hundred first class centuries.
Andrew "Andy" Flower OBE (born 28 April 1968 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a former international cricketer for Zimbabwe and is currently the England coach.
Flower played from his high school days at Vainona High School, Harare, through to most of his career alongside his younger brother Grant Flower. He is considered to be one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen, alongside players such as Australian Adam Gilchrist. Flower made his international debut in a One Day International against Sri Lanka at New Plymouth, New Zealand, in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He was Zimbabwe's wicket-keeper for more than 10 years and statistically by far the finest batsman the country has fielded. A good player of spin, he made 550 runs in a Test series against India in 2000/01. This tally came in just four innings and he was only dismissed twice. He is one of the few players to score a century on ODI debut.
Nearing the end of his career, Flower achieved international recognition (along with team mate Henry Olonga) in 2003 by wearing a black armband in a Cricket World Cup match to protest against the policies of Zimbabwe's government, led by Robert Mugabe. He and Olonga released a statement on 10
Murray William Goodwin (born 11 December 1972) is a cricketer who played 19 Tests and 71 One Day Internationals for Zimbabwe. He is a right-handed top order batsman strong on the back-foot and a good cutter and puller of the ball.
Born in Zimbabwe, Goodwin emigrated to Australia as a child. He moved back to Zimbabwe and represented them for two years between 1998 and 2000. His wife had trouble settling in Zimbabwe and after the England tour of 2000 they moved back to Australia.
After his retirement from international cricket he became a regular for the Western Warriors in Australia and for Sussex in England. He made 1,183 runs for Western Australia in 2003–04 and highlighted his consistency with 840 the following season. He has also played for the Netherlands as an overseas player.
Goodwin holds the Sussex record for the highest individual innings with 344* against Somerset in 2009, beating his own record of 335* set in 2003. Goodwin's 2003 innings helped Sussex to win their first ever Championship title, after 164 years. He is also the only Sussex batsman to have twice made a double century and century in the same match.
Goodwin led Sussex to the league title in the final match of
Umar Gul (Urdu: عمرگل, Pashto: عمر ګل) (born 14 April 1984) is a Pakistani right arm fast medium bowler in cricket who has played Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals for the Pakistani cricket team. He has gained fame as one of the most successful bowlers in Twenty20 cricket finishing as the leading wicket taker and bowler in both the 2007 and 2009 Twenty20 World Championship tournaments.
Gul was born in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan he was born in a middle-class family and frequently played tape-ball cricket. People on the street encouraged Gul to become an international cricketer as they saw his superb bowling. On October 2010 Gul's family announced that he was to wed a Dubai Doctor. The doctor is from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and she was born there as well. On 30 May 2012, Pakistan Army raided Umar Gul's house in Peshawar and arrested his brother on the charge of hiding a wanted militant.
Gul was first called up for the team in April 2003, playing four one-day matches at the Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup against Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sri Lanka, where he took four wickets, and he was in and out of the one-day team after that tournament.
Virender Sehwag pronunciation (help·info) (born 20 October 1978), affectionately known as Viru and the Nawab of Najafgarh, also called the Zen master of modern cricket, or the Viv Richards of this era by columnists, is one of the leading batsmen in the Indian cricket team. Sehwag is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian Test cricket team in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009.
Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319), which was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket (reached 300 off only 278 balls) as well as the fastest 250 by any batsman (in 207 balls against Sri Lanka on 3 December 2009 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai). His other innings of 309 and 293 are also the second and third best by any Indian player. Sehwag also holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the
Nico "Nicky" Boje (born 20 March 1973) is a South African cricketer who played in 43 Tests and 115 One Day Internationals for South Africa, and attended Grey College in Bloemfontein. He is currently playing for the Chevrolet Warriors in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Boje joined English side Northamptonshire CCC for the last few weeks of the 2007 season as a replacement overseas player for Johan Van der Wath. A few days later it was announced that he would be joining the breakaway Indian Cricket League. In 2008, the captain of Northamptonshire, David Sales, resigned and Boje took over the role as captain for Northamptonshire. In that season, the captaincy had no effect on his batting as he scored his highest ever First class cricket score of 226*. He signed a new one year contract on the 3rd September 2009 which will see him lead the club through the 2010 season.
Boje's international career began in 1995 against Zimbabwe, and although he was in and out of the team due to injuries he established himself as South Africa's first choice spin bowler. Due to the amount of all-rounders in the South African team, Boje usually batted at eight or nine in the batting order, despite a first
Robin Venu Uthappa (Kodava Takk language: ರಾಬಿನ್ ವೇಣು ಉತ್ತಪ್ಪ) pronunciation (help·info) (born 11 November 1985 in Kodagu, Karnataka) is an Indian cricketer. His father is Venu Uthappa, an international hockey referee from Kodagu, Karnataka, mother Roselyn is a home maker and hails from Kozhikode, Kerala and his sister Sharon is a business owner. He studied at St. Joseph's Boys High School, Bangalore. The same school Rahul Dravid went to. He speaks Kodava language language and Malayalam. He made his One Day International debut in the seventh and final match of the English tour of India in April 2006. He had a successful debut, making 86 as an opening batsman before being run out. It was the highest score for any Indian debutant in a limited overs match. He is also named 'The Walking Assassin" for his tactic of charging the bowler. He played an important role in India's win at the ICC World T20 World Cup 2007. However, he then suffered a form slump and has not played for India since mid-2008 and was relegated to a Grade C contract.
Uthappa first came to the public's attention when he made 66 for India B against India A in the Challenger Trophy in 2005. The following year, in the
Thilan Thusara Samaraweera is a Sri Lankan cricketer, born September 22, 1976 in Colombo. Samaraweera plays international cricket for Sri Lanka and is in the side primarily for his solid right-handed batting but is also a capable off spinner.
Thilan Samaraweera born in Colombo and had his education at Ananda College, Colombo. He is married and has 2 children. His brother, Dulip Samaraweera is also a Test cricket player played in seven Tests from 1993 to 1995.
Samaraweera started his career as an off-spinner who could bat a bit and could not find a way into the side due to the emergence of Muttiah Muralitharan. He managed a handful of ODI games in 1998 but did not play Test cricket until August 2001. Having worked on his batting considerably he got due reward by scoring century on debut against a strong Indian side helping Sri Lanka to win the series 2-1. He continued to star with the bat by scoring another two centuries in his next five Tests, all on his home ground, the SSC in Colombo. This stunning start to international cricket cemented his spot in the middle order, a spot which had holes to fill with the retirements of Aravinda de Silva and Hashan Tillakaratne.
His off-spin has
Alec James Stewart OBE (born 8 April 1963) is a retired English cricketer, a right-handed batsman-wicketkeeper and former captain of the England cricket team. He is the most capped English cricketer of all time in Test matches and 2nd most capped in One Day Internationals, having played in 133 Tests and 170 ODIs.
The younger son of former English Test cricketer Micky Stewart, Stewart was educated at Tiffin School in Kingston upon Thames. He made his début for Surrey in 1981, earning a reputation as an aggressive opening batsman and occasional wicketkeeper. He made his England début in the first Test of the 1989/90 tour of the West Indies, along with Nasser Hussain, who would eventually replace him as England captain.
At the start of his career, Stewart was a specialist opening batsman for England, with wicketkeeping duties being retained by Jack Russell, who was generally recognised as the superior gloveman and who batted down the order. However, Russell, the inferior batsman, would often be dropped to improve the balance of the side (i.e. to accommodate an extra bowler or batsman), in which case Stewart would don the gloves. After enduring years of selection and deselection,
Andre Ryan Adams (born 17 July 1975, Auckland) is a New Zealand cricketer of Caribbean descent. A bowling all-rounder, Andre Adams added a touch of dash to New Zealand's batting armoury in the one day format with his hard-hitting skills. However, he struggled to make a consistent impact with his bowling on the international stage and has not played an ODI since early 2007. He debuted at the highest level for New Zealand in March 2002, but a bout of back injuries on the West Indies tour of 2002 allowed Jacob Oram to move ahead of him in the pecking order, limiting him to one Test. Following that, question marks were raised about his attitude. He played in the 2003 World Cup, but soon lost his place again and was resigned to a life in the wilderness until he received a very late call-up to New Zealand's one-day squad in England towards the end of the 2004 NatWest Series. He didn't end up playing, but later signed with Essex for the remainder of the summer, where he stayed for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
He had a productive 2006-07 domestic season for Auckland, claiming 32 wickets at 18.78 in New Zealand's domestic first-class State Championship and scoring 318 runs at 39.75. However,
Cameron Leon White (born 18 August 1983) is an Australian cricketer and former Australian Twenty20 captain. A powerful middle order batsman and right-arm leg-spin bowler, White made his first-class cricket debut as a teenager in the 2000–01 season for the Victorian Bushrangers as a bowling all-rounder. Early comparisons with Victoria team-mate Shane Warne faded as White took on a role closer to that of Andrew Symonds, a batsman who bowled occasionally.
In 2003–04, he became Victoria's youngest ever captain at the age of 20 when he took over leadership of their one-day side, and the first-class captaincy followed the season after. International recognition came for the first time in 2005, but White found himself in and out of the side as the selectors and national captain Ricky Ponting looked for White to improve his bowling to play as a front-line spinner. Two successful winters with English county side Somerset helped to propel White back into the selectors' minds. After a couple of further unfruitful international spells, including four Test matches in 2008, White finally secured a regular place in the one-day squads after a string of good performances in 2009.
His tenure as T20
Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas (born 27 January 1974 in Mattumagala, usually known as Chaminda Vaas, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer is regarded as the best fast bowler to have come out of the country. He has been described as the 'most penetrative and successful new-ball bowler Sri Lanka have produced'. In 2004 he gained international recognition when he was selected for the World Test and one-day XI at the inaugural ICC Awards. He was once again selected for the World Test XI at the 2005 awards.
A graduate of the prestigious St. Joseph's College Colombo, Vaas made his first class debut for Colts Cricket Club against Galle Cricket Club in December 1990 aged 16. Nearly 4 years later, after just 13 first class matches, he made his Test debut for the Sri Lankan cricket team against Pakistan at Kandy in August 1994. Within his first year in the national side, he made a great impact guiding Sri Lanka to their maiden Test Match away victory against New Zealand at Napier, taking 5-47 & 5-43 and scoring 33 & 36 and being nominated Man of the Match.
He was a regular member of the ODI side during the 1996 World Cup, playing in all six matches including the Final,
James Redfern Hopes (born 24 October 1978 in Townsville, Queensland) is an Australian cricketer. Hopes plays domestic cricket for Queensland and for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, he has represented Australia in One Day International and Twenty20 cricket.
A medium pacer whose aggressive batting has been shuffled around the Queensland top order, Hopes had previously played for Australia's Under 19 side as a batsman but as his career has progressed he has become more of a bowling all-rounder. Hopes has opened the batting for Australia in Twenty20 matches and was close to gaining selection in the 2007 World Cup, after being placed on standby for the injured Shane Watson.
On 4 March 2008, Hopes scored his maiden ODI half century during his 28th match, scoring 63 off 80 balls against India in the 2nd final of the 2007–08 Commonwealth Bank Series. His effort, though, was in vain as India went on to win the game and the series.
Hopes was named Sheffield Shield Player of the Series for the 2010–2011 series. He was also rewarded by being named Captain of the Four-Day Team of the Year and Vice-Captain of the Twenty20 Team of the Year.
Mudhsuden Singh Panesar, known as Monty Panesar (born 25 April 1982 in Luton, Bedfordshire), is an English international cricketer who currently plays for Sussex. A left-arm spinner, Panesar made his Test debut in 2006 and one-day debut for England in 2007. In English county cricket he played for Northamptonshire until 2009. He has also played for Lions in South Africa.
Born in Luton to Indian Punjabi Sikh parents, he is the first Sikh to represent a nation other than India in Test cricket. He wears a black patka (a smaller version of the full Sikh turban) while playing and training. He is a crowd favourite in England, and many fans have worn patkas and fake beards while watching him play.
During his early international career Panesar often received loud cheers whenever he came on to bat, bowl or field, the latter due to his history of less than skilful fielding. When first selected for England he was widely perceived as being a particularly inept batsman and fielder, which may have contributed to this reception; the TMS commentator Henry Blofeld once accidentally referred to him as Monty Python, a mistake possibly encouraged by his comic reputation. After early success in Test
Shane Edward Bond (born 7 June 1975 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand former cricketer, described as "New Zealand's best fast bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee". He has represented New Zealand in Test, ODI and Twenty20 International cricket as well as playing for Canterbury in New Zealand domestic cricket and Warwickshire in English domestic cricket. Bond is a right-arm fast bowler.
Bond's career was plagued with injuries, chiefly recurring stress fractures of the back. He had surgery in 2004 to try to prevent further injury, but it was only partially successful. In recent years he has suffered back problems, knee injuries and an abdominal tear. These problems, in conjunction with a late start to his fully professional cricket career, have limited his appearances in both international and domestic cricket. Since his debut in the 2001/02 season, he only managed to appear in 18 Test matches for New Zealand. Bond retired from Test cricket in December 2009 at the age of 34.
His international career also suffered a hiatus of 18 months, due to Bond's involvement with the Delhi Giants in, the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League during March 2008, which caused the New Zealand cricket
Stephen James Harmison MBE (born 23 October 1978) is an English cricketer. Primarily a fast bowler, he represented England in 63 Tests, 58 ODI's, and 2 T20's. He also plays county cricket for Durham.
He made his Test and ODI debut for England in 2002, and achieved modest success in these early stages of his career, showing promise as a capable strike bowler for England. This was borne out during the tour of the West Indies in 2003–04, where he produced some of his finest bowling and went on to become the highest wicker-taker in the series. He followed it up by playing a vital role in England's victory in the 2005 Ashes series, and was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2005. At the time, he was regarded as one of the world's best fast bowlers.
Harmison's performance following the 2005 Ashes victory was inconsistent, and he announced his retirement from ODI's in 2006. His problems were compounded by niggling fitness worries and intense competition for a place in the English team. Although he came out of ODI retirement in 2008, his place in the squad was never permanent, ultimately leading to his being dropped since 2009. His last Test for England was the final
Andrew Richard Caddick (born 21 November 1968 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a retired cricketer who played for England as a fast-medium bowler. At 6 ft 5in, Caddick was a successful bowler for England for a decade, taking 13 five-wicket hauls in Test matches. He spent his entire English domestic first-class cricket career at Somerset County Cricket Club, and then played one Minor Counties match for Wiltshire in 2009.
Caddick was born in Christchurch, New Zealand to English parents, and educated at Papanui High School. As a youngster, he modelled his bowling action on that of Richard Hadlee. He appeared three times for New Zealand Young Cricketers, all of his appearances coming in February 1988. His performances were unremarkable, the highlight being an unbeaten 20 with the bat and bowling figures of 1/16 off three overs in the first One Day International (ODI) against the touring India Under 19 team. In spite of his modest figures in the two matches against the Indians, he retained his place for the first match of the McDonald's Bicentennial Youth World Cup. However, after struggling with 0/39 he lost his place, and did not appear for New Zealand again.
Frustration at what he
Andrew James Hall (born 31 July 1975) is a South African cricketer and a former member of the South African cricket team (playing from 1999 until 2007). He is an all-rounder who bowls fast-medium pace, and has been used as both an opening batsman and in the lower order. Prior to making it on the South African first class cricket scene he played indoor cricket for South Africa. He broke through in 1995/96 and has played for Transvaal, Gauteng, and Easterns.
Hall was initially thought of solely as a limited overs cricket specialist and made his ODI debut against the West Indies at Durban in 1999. He was a regular in the ODI side until 2007, taking part in South Africa's 2003 Cricket World Cup squad and the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
He appeared in the Test side sporadically and made his debut in 2002 against Australia at Cape Town. Batting at number 8, he scored 70 but did not pick up any wickets in the match.
He retired from international cricket in September 2007 and went to play for the Hyderabad Heroes in the Indian Cricket League and was a part of the squad that won the second Edelweiss Challenge.
During the 2003 England tour he received a late call-up to the squad and impressed
Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose (born 21 September 1963) is a former cricketer from Antigua who played 98 Test matches for the West Indies. A fast bowler, he took 405 Test wickets at an average of 20.99 and topped the ICC Player Rankings for much of his career to be rated the best bowler in the world. His great height—he was 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) tall—allowed him to make the ball bounce unusually high after he delivered it; allied to his pace and great accuracy, it made him a difficult bowler for batsmen to face. He was also notoriously reluctant to speak to journalists, and was a man of few words. During his career, he was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1992; after he retired he was entered into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame and selected as one of West Indies all-time XI by a panel of experts.
Ambrose came to cricket at a relatively late age, having preferred basketball in his youth, but quickly made an impression as a fast bowler. Progressing through regional and national teams, he was first chosen for the West Indies in 1988. He was almost immediately successful and remained in the team until his retirement in 2000. On many occasions, his
Darren Scott Lehmann (born 5 February 1970) is a former Australian cricketer, who made his ODI debut in 1996 and Test debut in 1998. He was on the fringes of national selection for the entirety of the 1990s, and only became a regular in the ODI team in 2001 and Test team in late 2002, before being dropped in early 2005. Primarily an aggressive left-handed batsman, Lehmann was also a part-time left arm orthodox bowler, and was known for his disregard for physical fitness and modern dietary regimes. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket in November 2007. Recently he was appointed as the coach of Deccan Chargers, an IPL team. He coached Queensland during the 2010/11 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash in place of Trevor Barsby, who had resigned.
A junior representative for Central District Football Club as well as playing cricket, Lehmann left school at the age of 16, to work on the assembly line of Holden car manufacturers in Elizabeth, South Australia. He declined selection to the first intake of the newly-formed Australian Cricket Academy, a full-time cricket centre, citing his enjoyment of the factory life. Lehmann entered the first-class scene as a 17-year-old in the 1987/88
Grant William Flower (born 20 December 1970) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He is rated among the best Zimbabwean cricketers in history for his handy left arm spin and fine batting skills. He was a fitness fanatic who spends hours in the gym, and was also regarded as a brilliant fielder who was usually seen in the gully. "Flower Power", the combination of Grant and his brother Andy Flower, was the mainstay of Zimbabwean batting for a decade. He was his team's most successful opening batsman who played the role of anchorman, with strokeplayers coming in down the order. He played a lead role in, arguably, Zimbabwe's finest Test victory, against a strong Pakistan side. He would show a liking for the Pakistani side over his career, averaging over 40 against them and scoring 3 centuries including an unbeaten 201. Grant Flower needs to score 215 runs to overtake his brother Andy as the country's leading run scorer in ODI cricket.
Grant Flower was born in Salisbury (now Harare); he was educated along with his brother Andy at North Park School where they were the best players in their age groups. Although always an allrounder, he bowled seamers in his early days and his bowling was rated more
Martin David Crowe (born 22 September 1962 in Henderson, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand cricketer. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985, and was credited as one of the "best young batsmen in the world". Crowe represented New Zealand from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1996 as a right-handed batsman. Through the early part of his career he was also a medium-pace bowler. He captained New Zealand in the early 1990s, and during this period he brought many innovations, such as opening with spin bowlers and utilising pinch hitting batsmen.
Crowe was born in September 1962 in Henderson, Auckland, to Dave Crowe, a former New Zealand domestic cricketer. Crowe's brother, Jeff, also represented New Zealand at international level, and both are cousins of actor Russell Crowe.
Crowe represented four domestic cricket teams in his career, Auckland, Central Districts, Somerset and Wellington. He scored nearly 20,000 first-class runs, with 71 centuries. His average of 56.02 is one of the highest first-class averages of all time.
Crowe played 77 test matches, averaging 45.65 with the bat, including 17 centuries and 18 half-centuries. He also played 143 One Day International,
Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara (born 22 July 1982 in Nittambuwa) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He was educated at the Bandaranayake College-Gampaha. He is principally a fast-medium bowler.
Kululasekera made his One Day International debut against England at Dambulla on 18 November 2003. He took 2-19 as England were bowled out for 88, and Sri Lanka took less than 14 overs to win by 10 wickets.
He made his Test cricket debut against New Zealand at Napier on 4 April 2005. He took only one wicket, and scored a duck, as the match was drawn.
He scored his first Test fifty against England in the 1st Test at Lord's in May 2006, batting out much of the fifth day to save the match.
He is currently ranked in fourth place of bowling in the world ODI format due to his ability to swing the ball both in and out.
He went unsold in the February 2009 IPL Season 2 auctions even though he was up for sale at a fairly low base price of USD 100,000.
Kulasekara was bought by Chennai Super Kings for a price of $100,000 to play for their team in the IPL 2011.
Man of the Match Awards outside his country: 1
Philip Clive Roderick "Tuffers" Tufnell (born 29 April 1966) is an English former cricketer turned television personality. A slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, played 42 Tests and 20 One Day International matches for England, as well as playing for Middlesex from 1986 to 2002. With 121 Test wickets, Tufnell is as of 2009 35th in the list of most wickets by an England bowler, and his average of 37.68 is considered high for a genuine bowler, however Tufnell's personality, trademark behaviour and "great control of flight" when playing made him a popular sports personality. Following his retirement in 2002, Tufnell has built on his popularity with several television appearances. These include I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! which he won, They Think It's All Over, A Question of Sport and Strictly Come Dancing. He was presented with an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University on 20 July 2011, recognising his achievements in sport and the media.
Tufnell went to Highgate School where his cricketing prowess was recognised and he was appointed captain of the Junior School's First XI despite the fact he was not yet in the top year. On leaving Highgate he attended, and played cricket
Ryan Robert Watson (born 12 November 1976, Harare (then called Salisbury), Zimbabwe) is a cricketer who played for and captained Scotland, he currently plays club cricket with Glenrothes CC. Watson is a hard hitting right-handed batsman and is able to bowl both medium-fast and off-break deliveries. He hit the headlines in 2003 when he hit a century off just 43 balls in a game against Somerset at The Grange, Edinburgh. In 2008 he became one of the first three players to be awarded a contract with Cricket Scotland.
In 1998, Watson along with Warren Carne a free lance cricket writer were on the cricket coaching staff of Potchefstroom boys high in South Africa. He decided at age 23 to leave his South Africa permanently and qualify to play for Scotland under residency rules. His early career in Scotland was at Meigle C.C. where he first played as an overseas professional aged 17. A move to Falkland cricket club in Fife for better terms followed, before later moving to Forfarshire CC. His father Larry played cricket for Rhodesia now Zimbabwe.
Watson made his ODI debut on the 27th of June 2006 against Pakistan at Edinburgh and had to step in at the last minute as captain. With Scotland
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (Malayalam: ശ്രീശാന്ത്, Santakumaran Srisant) pronunciation (help·info) (born February 6, 1983 in Kothamangalam, Kerala, India), is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler and a right-handed tail-ender batsman. In first class cricket, he plays for Kerala and in the Indian Premier League, he plays for Rajasthan Royals. In the past, he has represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Kings XI Punjab. He is the first Kerala Ranji player to play Twenty20 cricket for India.
Sreesanth was a national breakdancing champion when he was in eighth grade.
Sreesanth was born to Shanthakumaran Nair and Savithri Devi. He has one elder brother and a sister. His brother Dipu Santhan owns a music company in Kochi and his sister Nivedita is a television actress in Kerala. His brother in law, Madhu Balakrishnan is a famous South Indian playback singer. Sreesanth is Hindu Brahmin.
Sreesanth initially was a leg-spinner in his childhood, modelling his action on India's leading Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble, who was to become his Test captain. However, his habit of bowling yorkers led him to convert to fast bowling, after being encouraged by his elder brother.
Simon Blair Doull (born 6 August 1969 in Pukekohe) is a New Zealand radio personality, commentator and former international cricketer. He was a right arm medium pace swing bowler, and played in 32 Test matches and 42 One Day Internationals for the New Zealand national cricket team. Doull took his career best bowling figures of seven for 65 in the Boxing Day Test in 1998 against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Due to that performance, he reached a career-high ranking of 6 in the ICC Player Rankings on 26 December 1998.
Doull suffered persistent injuries throughout his career, including numerous back problems and a career-threatening knee injury during New Zealand's 1999 tour of England.
Currently, Doull works as a cricket commentator for New Zealand's SKY Sports. Until recently he was part of the Morning Rumble team on the radio station, The Rock.
He is the younger brother of Lincoln Doull, who played for Wellington in the early 1990s.
Graeme Peter Swann (born 24 March 1979) is an English international cricketer. Born in Northampton, he attended Sponne School in Towcester, Northamptonshire. He is primarily a right-arm offspinner, and also bats right-handed and often fields at slip. After initially playing for his home county Northamptonshire, for whom he made his debut in 1997, Swann moved to Nottinghamshire in 2005.
Swann played a single One Day International against South Africa in 2000, before losing his place in the squad. Seven years later Swann was chosen to accompany England on its tour of Sri Lanka as the team's second spin bowler, alongside Monty Panesar, and subsequently cemented a regular place in England's Test team, playing throughout England's 2–1 victory in the 2009 Ashes. In December 2009, he became the first English spinner to take 50 wickets in a calendar year, culminating in back-to-back man of the match awards in the first two Tests of the tour of South Africa and rising to third place in the world rankings for bowlers.
In March 2010, Swann became the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a match when he achieved the feat in England's victory in the first Test in
Shane Robert Watson (born 17 June 1981) is an Australian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast medium bowler. He mainly bats as an opener in international cricket, although he does not do so domestically.
He debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first One Day International against South Africa. While he has become a regular member of the one-day squad, Watson has played few Test Matches for Australia, having debuted against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2005. Despite being allocated to be Australia's designated Test all-rounder, injuries have often prevented him from claiming his position in the Test team. However, from the second half of 2009, Watson has acted as Australian Test opening batsman, along with Simon Katich.
Watson was awarded the 2010 Allan Border Medal and again in 2011, becoming the second player (after Ricky Ponting) to win back-to back Allan Border Medals. Watson's wife Lee, whom he married on 3 June 2010, is a Fox Sports Australia presenter.
He was adjudged man of the series in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 for scoring a total of 249 runs at an average of 49.80. He also took 11 wickets at an
Kamran Akmal (Urdu: کامران اکمل; born 13 January 1982) is a Pakistani cricketer who has played Tests, ODIs and T20Is for Pakistan as a wicket-keeper. A right-handed batsman, Akmal started his international career in November 2002 with a Test match which Pakistan won at Harare Sports Club. He has made 2648 runs in 53 Test matches with the help of six centuries, while in 137 ODIs, he has scored 2924 runs with the help of five centuries. In T20Is, he has scored 704 run. As a wicket-keeper, he has dismissed 206, 159 and 45 batsmen in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively.
He is a quick-scoring batsman and a wicket-keeper, who has achieved 6 centuries in Test innings. However, his first century was vital - his 109 from the number eight position at Mohali, coming in with Pakistan in a lead of 39 against India in the first Test, ensured that the visitors could draw the match. His form against the touring English in 2005 made him one of the most important players in the team. Naturally, he is a batsman that plays lower down the order but has sometimes opened in both Test and One-day cricket. As an opener he has scored two back to back centuries in ODIs against England. Coming in lower down
Michael Colin Cowdrey, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge, CBE (24 December 1932 – 4 December 2000), better known as Colin Cowdrey, was the Captain of Oxford University, Kent County Cricket Club and the England cricket team in a career that lasted from 1950 to 1976. He was the first cricketer to play in 100 Test matches and held the records for the most runs by a batsman and most catches by a fielder in Test cricket. His 22 Test centuries is an England record shared with Wally Hammond and Geoff Boycott and he toured Australia a record six times between 1954-55 and 1974-75. At Edgbaston in 1957 he added 411 against the West Indies with Peter May, the highest stand for England in Tests. Cowdrey's highest first class score was 307 against South Australia in 1962-63, a record for the MCC and for any tourist in Australia. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1972, a Knight in 1992, a Life Peer by the cricket-loving Prime Minister John Major in 1997 and was posthumously inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 24 June 2009. As a batsman he was noted for his classical technique and sweet timing of the ball, the Australian reporter Johnny Moyes writing
Graeme Craig Smith (born 1 February 1981) is a South African cricketer and captain of the South African cricket team Test Match side, having succeeded Shaun Pollock after the 2003 Cricket World Cup. He was succeeded as captain of the ODI side by AB de Villiers after the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He appeared in his 100th Test against England on 19 July 2012.
A tall, left-handed opening batsman, on the 2003 South African tour of England he made double centuries in consecutive Test matches: 277 at Edgbaston, and 259 at Lord's. The 259 is the highest score made at Lord's by a foreign player.
Known for the success of his opening partnership with Herschelle Gibbs, South Africa's most prolific ever opening partnership, Smith has the distinction of having been part of all four of South Africa's opening partnerships of over 300 runs: in three of them he was partnered by Gibbs, and in 2008 Smith added 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh, a world record opening partnership.
Born and raised in Johannesburg to parents Graham and Janet, Smith was educated at King Edward VII School. Smith played three Tests, and seven One Day Internationals for South Africa Under-19s, of
Andrew Symonds (born 9 June 1975, Birmingham, England) is a former Australian cricket team all-rounder. A two-time World Cup winner, Symonds is a right-handed middle order batsman and alternates between medium pace and off-spin bowling. He also is considered exceptionally talented when it comes to fielding.
Since mid-2008, he spent most of the time out of the team, due to disciplinary reasons, including alcohol. In June 2009 he was sent home from the 2009 World Twenty20, his third suspension, expulsion or exclusion from selection in the space of a year. His central contract was then withdrawn, and many cricket analysts have speculated that the Australian administrators will no longer tolerate him, and that Symonds may announce his retirement. On 16 February 2012, Symonds announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, in an attempt to concentrate on his family life.
One of Symonds' biological parents was of West Indian background and the other was believed to be of Danish or Swedish descent. Symonds' adoptive parents Ken and Barbara moved to Australia shortly after his adoption, when he was three months old. Of the adopted siblings, Louise Symonds participated in Gladiators. He
Benjamin William Hilfenhaus (pronounced Hilfen-House /ˈhɪlfənhaʊs/) (born 15 March 1983, in Ulverstone, Tasmania) is an Australian cricketer who plays for Tasmania in Australian domestic cricket. He is right-arm fast-medium bowler known for his ability to swing the ball. Hilfenhaus plays club cricket for Tasmania University Cricket Club. He made his first-class debut in the 2005/06 season and his haul of 39 wickets was a record for someone playing their first season for Tasmania. Before he was given a full-time contract for 2006/07, he worked as a bricklayer as well as playing cricket. He has best bowling figures of 7/58 in first-class cricket, achieved in his first season for Tasmania.
In January 2007 Hilfenhaus made his One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) debuts for Australia. The following month he was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. The 2006/07 season saw Hilfenhaus named Tasmania's Player of the Year as the club won the Pura Cup for the first time. Due to injury setbacks he had to wait until 2009 before making his Test debut.
The 19-year-old Hilfenhaus was one of 25 young players given scholarships to go to the Commonwealth Bank Cricket
Robert George Dylan Willis MBE, born Robert George Willis and known as Bob Willis (born 30 May 1949) is a former English cricketer who played for Surrey, Warwickshire, Northern Transvaal and England. A right-handed and aggressive fast bowler with a notably long run-up, Willis spearheaded several England bowling attacks between 1971 and 1984, across 90 Test matches in which he took 325 wickets at 25.20 runs per wicket, at the time second only to Dennis Lillee. He is currently behind only Ian Botham as England's leading wicket taker. Willis took 899 first-class wickets overall, although from 1975 onwards he bowled with constant pain, having had surgery on both knees. He nevertheless continued to find success, taking a Test career best eight wickets for 43 runs in the 1981 Ashes series against Australia, one of the all-time best Test bowling performances, in the famous 1981 Ashes series against Australia. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1978.
In addition to the Test arena, Willis played 64 One Day International matches for his country, taking 80 wickets, and was a prolific List-A (one day) cricketer with 421 wickets overall at 20.18. With the bat, Willis made little impression
Graham Neil Yallop (born 7 October 1952) is a former cricketer who played for Victoria and Australia. He captained Australia briefly during the tumultuous era of World Series Cricket (WSC) in the late 1970s. A technically correct left-handed batsman, Yallop invariably batted near the top of the order for Australia during a stop-start career that began in 1975–76 against the West Indies. In 1978, Yallop made history as the first player to wear a full helmet in a Test match. He also enjoyed a long and successful career with his home state Victoria, leading them to two Sheffield Shield titles.
Aged 23, Yallop made his Test debut against the 1975–76 West Indians at Sydney. Several of his teammates were upset that an out of form Rick McCosker had been left out to accommodate Yallop and promptly ignored him. Against the wishes of the selectors, captain Greg Chappell batted Yallop at number three, ahead of both Ian and Greg Chappell, using the rationale that McCosker batted there. Still, Yallop put his head down to make the most of the opportunity, playing the last three Tests of the series and averaging 44. However he then lost his place in the side.
When the WSC defections hit, Yallop
Lendl Mark Platter Simmons (born 25 January 1985) is a West Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman, an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler and a part-time wicket-keeper.
A prominent junior cricketer, he played in both the 2002 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and the 2004 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh for the West Indies U-19s. Two years later he made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Faisalabad on 7 December 2006.
Simmons is capable of large scores; with three first class double-centuries to his name, but at the same time he has been prone to inconsistency. His career best of 282, in a first-class match for West Indies A against a touring England XI in January 2009, heralded his Test debut in the final Test of that tour. Simmons scored 24 and 8 as the West Indies secured a series-clinching draw at the Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad. Simmons was retained for the following West Indian tour of England, but has played no further Tests.
His uncle is former West Indian Test cricketer Phil Simmons.
Majid Jahangir Khan is a former cricketer, a former captain of the Pakistan cricket team and one of the most fearless opening batsman produced by Pakistan. Khan's first-class career spanned from 1961 to 1985. He played 63 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 3,931 runs and made 8 centuries, scored over 27,000 first-class runs and made 73 first-class centuries, with 128 fifties. Majid played his last test for Pakistan in January 1983 against India at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and his last One Day International (ODI) was in July 1982 against England at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Manoj Prabhakar pronunciation (help·info) (born 15 April 1963 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh) is a former Indian cricketer. He was a right-arm medium-pace bowler and a lower-order batsman who also opened the innings sometimes for the Indian cricket team until his retirement in 1995–96. He was banned by the BCCI for his involvement in match fixing scandals. Since then he entered politics and contested once in the Lok Sabha polls, but lost.
Prabhakar took 96 wickets in Test cricket, 157 wickets in One Day Internationals, and over 385 first class wickets playing for Delhi. He has also played for Durham. Prabhakar is remembered for his bowling which was his strongest suit; using slower balls, and outswingers and opening the bowling. He was also a useful lower-order batsman and a defensive opener.
He was booed on his home ground at Delhi while giving too many runs (4-0-47-0) against Sri Lanka in the 1995–96 Cricket World Cup.Sri Lanka scored 42 runs off their first 3 overs in the match and Prabhakar went for 33 runs off his 2 overs, which included a six and six fours. He bowled off-spin for his 2nd spell of 2 overs. As a result, he was dropped for the next match and the next series which
Mitchell Guy Johnson (born 2 November 1981) is an Australian cricketer. He is a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman. He was awarded the International Cricket Council's 2009 "Cricketer of the Year" award, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
When attending a fast-bowling clinic in Brisbane at age 17, former Test fast-bowler Dennis Lillee identified him as a "once-in-a-lifetime prospect". Lillee contacted former team mate Rod Marsh and arranged for Johnson to join the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide.
Johnson subsequently played for the Australian Under-19 side that toured England in 1999, however recurrent back injuries hampered his prospects. He recovered to start his first-class career two years later, when he was selected to play state cricket for his native Queensland. Playing for Queensland against New Zealand, Johnson hit a six off the first ball he faced in first-class cricket. In September 2005, he was in the Australia A cricket team that toured Pakistan.
Johnson switched from the Queensland Bulls to the Western Warriors on 25 July 2008.
Johnson was chosen to be in the squad for the first Ashes Test beginning on 23 November 2006, but was 12th man in all of the
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman pronunciation (help·info) (born 1 November 1974), commonly known as V.V.S. Laxman, is a former Indian cricketer. Laxman represents Hyderabad in domestic cricket and has played for Lancashire in English county cricket. Laxman is the great grand nephew of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India. He was the captain of the Deccan Chargers team in the Indian Premier League in its first year before being replaced by Adam Gilchrist for the next year. In 2011, Laxman was awarded the Padma Shri award, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.
Laxman bats right-handed and occasionally bowls off-spin. He is noted for his superb timing and the ability to hit against the spin, reminiscent of his role model Mohammed Azharuddin. Laxman is particularly noted for the skilful use of his supple wrists, which allow him to flick the ball to various places, but usually through the leg side. This also helps in his catching, and he typically fields in the slips or in a bat pad position.
Laxman is noted most for his batting against Australia, in both Tests and One Day Internationals. Six out of his 17 Test hundreds, and four out of
Derek William Randall (born 24 February 1951, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England) is an English former cricketer, who played first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire, and Tests and ODIs for England in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Known to cricketing colleagues and cricket fans as 'Arkle' after the racehorse, but always 'Rags' to himself, he was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1980. The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, stated, "The Retford imp was, and still is, one of the most fondly admired figures in the game... the rolling gait and big sad eyes make him Chaplinesque – and like all clowns, there is pathos behind the public image... At times, genius sat on Randall's shoulders – the only trouble was it would not stop fidgeting". Randall played 47 Tests and 49 One Day International matches for England as a right-handed batsman before retiring to become a coach and cricket writer.
Randall first came to note as a cover fielder, as one day cricket forced fielding standards upwards. His run out of Gordon Greenidge in the 1979 Cricket World Cup final highlighted this, and his partnership with David Gower was a feature of the successful England team of the immediate post-Packer
Douglas Robert Brown (born 29 October 1969) is a former Scottish cricketer, currently employed as a coach for Warwickshire C.C.C.. He is an all-rounder who has represented both England and Scotland at One Day International level. He is a regular summariser for the BBC's cricket coverage including Test Match Special.
As a youngster Brown attended Alloa Academy, represented Clackmannan County cricket club and played football at under-18 level for Scotland,and played for Feltham Rugby Football club as a competent fullback, choosing to focus on cricket shortly afterwards. He first came to the attention of Warwickshire in 1992 whilst playing for Scotland, he signed for the county and made his debut in the same year. He went on to spend his entire career with the county, for whom to date he has scored over 12500 runs and taken over 850 wickets at first-class and list A cricket.
In 1997 Brown was named in England's one-day squad for their tour of India. He made his debut on 11 December in England's narrow 7-run victory over their hosts, in this game Brown took no wickets and scored 6 runs. However, it was England's next game, on 13 December against the West Indies, that Brown gave his
Gary Kirsten (born 23 November 1967) is a former South African cricketer, and the World Cup winning coach of the Indian cricket team. He played 101 Test matches and 185 One-day internationals for South Africa between 1993 and 2004, mainly as an opening batsman. His half brother Peter, also played provincial cricket for Western Province, and then later for the South Africa cricket team which included the highlight of the Cricket World Cup in 1992.
Kirsten made his Test debut against Australia in Melbourne in 1993. He retired from international cricket in 2004 after crafting a match-winning 76 in his final innings, against New Zealand. Against the same country he had made history by becoming the first ever Protea to play in 100 Test matches.
Over the years, he gained a reputation as being a sturdy batsman in both Test cricket and one-day cricket. He could up the tempo of an innings if he needed to, but more often than not he simply waited for the bad ball, much like Steve Waugh and Justin Langer. He was also a reliable fielder. Kirsten held the South African records for most runs and centuries in a Test career, before both were surpassed by Jacques Kallis. He was the first Test
Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge MBE (born 1 May 1951) is a former member of the West Indies cricket team.
Greenidge was an opening batsman for the West Indies. He began his Test career against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore in 1974 and continued playing internationally until 1991. He was half of the West Indies prolific opening partnership with Desmond Haynes. The pair made 6482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history.
Greenidge went on to play 108 Test matches scoring 7,558 runs with 19 centuries. He also played 128 One Day Internationals, including the 1975 and 1983 World Cup Finals, scoring 5,134 runs and 11 centuries.
Greenidge scored a double-double century performances against England in the 1984 summer Test series (also known as the "Blackwash" series WI winning 5-0). He scored 214 runs during the second Test at Lords in June 1984, then followed up with 223 runs during the fourth Test at Old Trafford during the last five days of July. The first of those innings was on the last day as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory; it remains the highest ever run chase at Lords.
He also played
Herschelle Herman Gibbs (born 23 February 1974) is a South African cricketer, more specifically known as a batsman.
Gibbs was schooled at St Joseph's Marist College and then Diocesan College in Rondebosch. Gibbs was a gifted sportsman at school playing provincial rugby, cricket and soccer and featuring in SA Schools teams for all three sports.
At backward point, he is considered by some to be the next Jonty Rhodes in his ability to hit the stumps, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showing that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the eighth highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the tenth highest success rate. Gibbs is said to rarely practice in the nets before a match. It is said he prefers to play on instinct in this case.
He became the first player to hit six sixes in one over in One Day International cricket, doing so against the Netherlands in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. On 8 June 2007 he got married in St Kitts to Tenielle Povey, but divorced soon afterwards.
Gibbs has scored two double centuries in his Test career, both contrasting innings. His first was an innings of 211 not out against New Zealand at Jade Stadium in
Ian David Blackwell (born 10 June 1978, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England) is an English cricketer. A left-arm orthodox spinner and powerful middle-order batsman, he has played for England in one-day and Test sides, and plays county cricket for Durham, having left Somerset at the end of the 2008 season.
Blackwell was called up for the England Test squad after Ashley Giles had to withdraw from the 2006 tour to India. After impressing in warm-up matches, he was selected for the 1st Test against India on 1 March in Nagpur. However, he was not frequently used by captain Andrew Flintoff, only bowling six fairly expensive overs in the first Indian innings, in comparison to fellow left arm spinner Monty Panesar's 42 overs. In the second Indian innings, Blackwell was initially more economical but as India went on an audacious chase of the huge total set to them by England, he was brought on to prevent the batsmen from scoring quickly, but conceded 18 runs in his first over. This came after a nervous innings of only 4 in his only opportunity with the bat, and Blackwell was subsequently dropped for the second Test, replaced by Liam Plunkett.
Blackwell remained first choice spinner for the
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Saraiki, Punjabi, Urdu: انضمام الحق; born 3 March 1970), also known as Inzy, is a Pakistani cricketer who was a leading batsman and the captain of the Pakistan national cricket team from 2003 to 2007. He is the second-highest run scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket, after Javed Miandad.
Inzamam rose to fame in the semi-final of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, in which he scored 60 off 37 balls against a strong New Zealand team. His strong batting performance also propelled Pakistan to victory in the final of the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He remained one of the team's leading batsmen throughout the decade in both Test and ODI cricket. In 2003, he was appointed captain of the Pakistan team. His tenure as captain ended after Pakistan's early exit from the 2007 Cricket World Cup. On 5 October 2007, Inzamam retired from international cricket following the second Test match against South Africa, falling three runs short of Javed Miandad as Pakistan's leading run scorer in Test cricket. Following his retirement, he joined the Indian Cricket League, captaining the Hyderabad Heroes in the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 competition. In the ICL's second edition, he captained the
Yasir Hameed Qureshi (Urdu: یاسر حمید قریشی) (born 28 February 1978 in Peshawar, originally from Kukmang, District Abbottabad) is a Pakistani cricketer. He scored two centuries on his Test debut against Bangladesh, becoming only the second player to do so. During his first thirty One Day International innings, he scored more runs than any other batsman, as well as scoring four successive opening partnerships of 100 or more with Imran Farhat, a unique achievement. He scored first 1000 ODI runs in just 22 matches, Fastest in Asia and third fastest in world.
Frail of build, Yasir's game is built on timing and an easy elegance. A technique more solid than many recent top-order Pakistani batsmen served him well in his career early on. His exploits in the one-day arena were initially as impressive, and he forged a superb combination with Imran Farhat at the top of the order: against New Zealand at home the pair put together a record four consecutive hundred partnerships. The early signs were promising then, but he developed a worrying tendency to waste his starts, making pretty 20s and then throwing it away, often by flailing at wide ones outside off. That saw him lose his place in the
Gregory Scott Blewett (born 29 October 1971) is a former Australian right handed batsman and a right arm medium fast bowler in cricket who represented the Australian national cricket team in Test cricket and One Day International matches from 1995 to 2000.
The son of Bob Blewett who represented South Australia in the 1970s,. Blewett was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1990. He began his domestic career in 1991–92 playing for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield and One Day domestic tournament competition in Australia. He made his international debut for the Australian team playing for Australia A during a World Series Cup tournament against Australia in 1994–95. During this tournament he displayed his batting performances against former Australian fast bowler, Craig McDermott. In January 1995, he made his Test debut for Australia against England in the Adelaide Oval in South Australia; scoring a century on his debut match. He followed that with a century in the WACA Ground in Perth during his second match and scored a century at Edgbaston in England in 1997 and scoring three centuries in his first three Ashes Test series.
He also represented the national
David Trent Johnston usually known as Trent Johnston (born 29 April 1974 in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian-born Irish cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler, he has played for the Ireland cricket team 165 times as of 23 April 2012. He plays for the Railway Union Cricket Club. He played first-class and List A cricket for New South Wales earlier in his career. In October 2007 he published a book "Raiders of the Caribbean" (co-authored with Gerard Siggins) with The O'Brien Press which tells the story of Ireland's remarkable performances in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Johnston made his first-class debut for New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in March 1999. He opened the bowling with Brett Lee who would make his debut for Australia later that year. Johnston's first wicket was that of Michael Di Venuto; he took one more wicket that day, but after play ended on the second day Johnston suffered a broken arm as the team coach drove off while he was climbing on. He played his only List A match for them in October that year, against Queensland. He played four Pura Cup matches for them in 2000 before his career
Andy Bichel (born 27 August 1970) is a retired Australian cricket player and is the bowling coach of the Chennai Super Kings for the Indian Premier League.
Primarily a seam bowler, his style is right arm medium fast. Batting right-handed, Bichel was not averse to some hard-hitting in the lower order. Representing Queensland in the Australian domestic competitions, Bichel has earned a reputation as a hard worker, capable of bowling many overs into a strong wind.
Bichel made his Test debut for the Australian Cricket Team in Adelaide in 1996 in a match against the West Indies, and his One-day International Debut in Brisbane, also against the West Indies. As well as Queensland's state team, he has played for the English Counties Essex, Hampshire and Worcestershire.
Unfortunately, his rise to prominence coincided with the appearance of a young Brett Lee, with whom he was often in a battle for a third fast-bowler spot in the lineup behind Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie holding the other two positions. As the younger and pacier Lee was often selected ahead of him, Bichel now holds the test match record of being Twelfth Man for Australia on 19 occasions. He has recently made comments
Charlotte Marie Edwards MBE (born 17 December 1979) is an English cricketer and current captain of the England women's team. She was born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
At the time when she made her England debut in 1995, she became the youngest player ever to play for England, (later bettered by team-mate Holly Colvin).
In 1997, she smashed 12 centuries, including one off 118 balls against the touring South Africans. The day before her 18th birthday, she scored a then-record ODI score of 173 not out in a World Cup match against Ireland. In 1998-99, she scored her maiden Test hundred against India, but, while still scoring runs, fell below expectations. In 2000, she was sidelined by a serious cruciate ligament injury sustained while playing hockey, and causing her to miss most of the 2001 season.
In 2005, she stepped up from her role as England vice-captain to take full charge of the side when Clare Connor was injured, and was appointed full-time when Connor retired in March 2006. She plays her county cricket for Kent, whom she captains.
She played her 100th One-Day International on tour in Australia, and led her team to victory in the one-off Test match at Bowral to retain the
Dwayne James John Bravo (born 7 October 1983) is a West Indian cricketer. A genuine all-rounder, Bravo is an aggressive right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler.
He was a key member of the West Indies team that won the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.
Bravo played for the Mumbai Indians, and was later signed by the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Bravo also plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, and the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Bravo made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago against Barbados in 2002, opening the innings and scoring 15 and 16 but not bowling. He scored his maiden first-class century a month later and was included in the West Indies A squad for their tour of England in 2002. In early 2003 he scored another century but it was a spell of bowling in which he took 6-11 against the Windward Islands that brought him to prominence as an all-rounder.
Bravo made his One Day International debut against England in their 2003/04 tour of the Caribbean, in a match in which he failed to bat but took 2-31 with the ball. In the West Indies tour of England in 2004 Bravo made his Test debut when he was selected
Gundappa Rangnath Viswanath (Kannada: ಗುಂಡಪ್ಪ ರಂಗನಾಥ್ ವಿಶ್ವನಾಥ್) pronunciation (help·info) (born 12 February 1949 in Bhadravathi, Karnataka, India) is a former Indian cricketer. Born in a Brahmin family, he was one of India's finest batsmen throughout the 1970s. He played Test cricket for India from 1969 to 1983 making 91 appearances and scoring over 6000 runs. He also played in One Day Internationals from 1974 to 1982 including the World Cups of 1975 and 1979. At state level, he played for Karnataka (formerly Mysore) throughout his career. Viswanath, popularly nicknamed Vishy, had an elegant and wristy batting style which emphasised timing rather than power. Though he had a complete repertoire of shots around the wicket, Viswanath's favourite was the square cut, a shot he often used to great effect against fast bowlers.
On his Test match debut, Viswanath scored a century against Australia at Kanpur in 1969 in a drawn match. He also recorded a duck in the same game, one of only three batsmen to have done this in their first match. He scored 13 more centuries in his Test career and none of them came in a match that was lost. He tended to produce his best performances on difficult
Jeetan Shashi Patel (born 7 May 1980) is a New Zealand cricketer of Indian descent. Patel is a right arm off spin bowler. He plays domestic cricket for the Wellington Firebirds and has represented the New Zealand Black Caps in One Day Internationals, Twenty20 matches, and Test cricket.
Patel was earmarked as a promising player early in his career. He played age group cricket in Wellington at under 15, under 17, and under 19 levels. He played for the New Zealand Cricket Academy in a one-day match against England A in 1999 and made his debut for Wellington in New Zealand's 1999–2000 domestic season. Patel currently has a first class bowling average of around 40 and a List A bowling average in the mid-30s.
Patel showed steady improvement as a bowler during the 2004–05 season, taking 26 first class wickets at an average of 32.84. He played two one-dayers against South Africa A on the 2004–05 New Zealand A tour of South Africa. He represented the North Island in the 2004–05 State of Origin match and played for the New Zealand Academy in the 2005 Cricket Australia Emerging Players Tournament.
In the 2004 English Season, he represented Buckingham Town Cricket Club, making a big impact in
Matthew James Hoggard MBE (born 31 December 1976) is an English cricketer. The 6' 2" Hoggard is a right arm fast-medium bowler and right-handed batsman. He played international cricket for England cricket team from 2000–2008, playing both Test cricket and One Day International cricket. He is currently the captain of Leicestershire, a position he has held since 2010. Previous to this he played for Yorkshire for a total of thirteen years.
Matthew Hoggard is a specialist orthodox swing bowler, and usually took the new ball for England in Test cricket. Hoggard's primary role in the team was to utilise the shine on the new ball to test the technique of top-order batsmen against the swinging delivery. If, due to pitch or atmospheric conditions, the new ball did not swing he could be ineffective. Hoggard was seen as the consistent bowler in the team. Hoggard also has a sound defensive batting technique, but is not known for scoring runs, averaging only 7.40 with the bat. He can block up an end for the batsman at the other end to score, and is also used as a nightwatchman.
Hoggard began his cricketing journey at his local team, the famous Bradford League club, Pudsey Congs CC. He started
Mohammad Yousuf (Punjabi, Urdu: محمد یوسف ; formerly Yousuf Youhana, یوسف یوحنا; born 27 August 1974) is a Pakistani right-handed batsman. He is best known in cricket for his achievement in 2006 when he broke the world record for most Test runs in a single calendar year. Prior to his conversion to Islam in 2005, Yousuf was one of only a few Christians to play for the Pakistan cricket team.
Yousuf was effectively banned from playing international cricket for Pakistan, for an indefinite period by the Pakistan Cricket Board on 10 March 2010, following an inquiry into the team's defeat during the tour of Australia. An official statement was released by the Pakistan Cricket Board, saying that he would not be selected again on the grounds of inciting infighting within the team.
On 29 March 2010, Yousuf announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, a direct reaction to the indefinite ban handed out to him by PCB. However following Pakistan's disastrous first Test against England in July/August 2010, PCB decided to ask Yousuf to come out of retirement.
Yousuf was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to a low caste Hindu Balmiki family who later converted to Christianity.
Monde Zondeki (born 25 July 1982 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa) is a South African cricketer who has played five Tests and 7 One Day International for South Africa, and three One Day Internationals for the African XI. He plays club first class cricket for the Cape Cobras.
Zondeki represented Warwickshire County Cricket Club during the 2008 season, where he was trained under the influence of Bears coach and former South African fast bowling legend Allan Donald. Although he took 4-95 in a county championship match, his spell at Edgbaston was looked on as unsuccessful due to his lack of consistent wickets.
Paul Andrew Nixon (born 21 October 1970 in Carlisle) is an English cricket player who played for Leicestershire, England, England A, MCC and Kent. He is a wicket-keeper and left-handed batsman. He announced that he would play his final game of professional cricket at Grace Road against Kent on 6 August 2011 in a T20 quarter final, which meant that should Leicestershire beat Kent and get into finals day he would play. Leicestershire got in to finals day, having had to achieve their highest ever T20 chase of 203 in 20 overs, which they managed in 19.2 overs, with Nixon scoring 31 runs from 17 deliveries. Leicestershire then went on to win the competition; firstly beating Lancashire in a super over eliminator, then beating Somerset by 18 runs in the final, meaning that Paul Nixon got the fairytale end to his career that he dreamed of. His retirement on 27 August 2011 marked the end of his 23-year career.
His energy and enthusiasm behind the stumps along with his inventive batting technique have been hailed by many. Nixon has made the reverse sweep his own and is one of the few keepers to leave the stumps and dive in front of the ball when opposing batsmen attempt this stroke.
Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969) is a former Australian international cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game. In 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only specialist bowler selected in the quintet and the only one still playing at the time. He is also a cricket commentator and a professional poker player.
Warne played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals), second to this milestone after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan. Warne's 708 Test wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was also broken by Muralitharan on 3 December 2007. A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs, and he holds the record for most Test runs without a century. His career was plagued by scandals off the field; these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance, charges of bringing the game into disrepute by accepting money from bookmakers, and sexual indiscretions.
As well as the Australian National Cricket Team,
Simon Matthew Katich (born 21 August 1975, Middle Swan, Western Australia) is an Australian cricketer. He is the captain of the New South Wales Blues, and also captained, up until the end of the 2007 season, Derbyshire County Cricket Club. He has also played for the Indian Premier League team, Kings XI Punjab.
He is a left-handed opening batsman and part-time left-arm unorthodox spin bowler. He played 56 Test matches for Australia from 2001 to 2011. On 12 June 2012 Katich retired from first class cricket in Australia.
Katich was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1996. and made his debut for the Western Australia state team in the 1996–97 season. The following season he was a central figure in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield success, scoring an impressive 1,039 first-class runs for the season.
He was selected to tour Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe with the national team the following season but suffered greatly from illness, including a debilitating bout of chicken pox and subsequent health problems. However, he recovered to contribute further for his state, highlighted in the 2000–01 domestic season where he helped himself to 1,282 first-class runs. He later
Sunil Bandacharya Joshi (Kannada: ಸುನಿಲ್ ಬಂಡಾಚಾರ್ಯ ಜೋಷಿ) pronunciation (help·info) (born June 6, 1970, Gadag, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls slow left arm spin and bats left-handed. He used to travel 40 miles to Hubli each morning for practice, and then return to his native town of Gadag in time for school. Such was his desire and passion for cricket.
Joshi played both Test and One Day International cricket for India between 1996 and 2001. His usual role in the team was to provide runs from the lower order and act as a secondary spin bowler to support the likes of Anil Kumble. Despite being a regular in the national team during this period, he was not selected for the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
His most famous bowling performance for India came in an ODI match against South Africa in the LG Cup in 1999. He returned figures of 10-6-6-5 helping India to victory in that match. Three years later, the performance was rated in the Wisden 100 as the seventh best ODI bowling performance to that date. However, South Africa won the LG Cup after Joshi's ten overs in the final cost 55 runs, India conceded 235 for nine in 50 overs, and were bowled out for
Tinu Yohannan pronunciation (help·info) (born 18 February 1979) is an Indian cricketer and former Kerala State Player. He is a right-handed fast medium bowler. He plays first class cricket for Kerala and was the first Kerala Ranji player to play Test and one day cricket for India.
Yohannan was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. This was after he underwent a training session with the MRF Pace Foundation. He made his Test debut in December 2001, in the home series against England. The first Test was played in Mohali, and he dismissed both the English openers. He got his first Test wicket in the fourth ball of his very first over. Though his start was brilliant, he could not carry on with the Indian team due to a form slump. He played 3 Test matches and an equal number of ODI's. His Test bowling average is 51 runs for a wicket.
Tinu is the son of T. C. Yohannan, a long jumper who held the national record for nearly 3 decades and represented India in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.
He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik (KKDK) ( pronunciation (help·info)) (born 1 June 1985) is a wicketkeeper-batsman who has made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004 and has been a regular member of the team for varying periods since then, including a stint in 2007 as a specialist opening batsman and non-wicket-keeper. Karthik was a batsman in his junior career, but turned to wicket-keeping in order to improve his future prospects. Throughout his career, Karthik has been criticized for unreliable glove-work symptomatic of a non-specialist wicket-keeper.
Rising through the junior ranks, Karthik made his first-class debut in late-2002 for Tamil Nadu as a 17-year-old, and was dropped in his first season despite his healthy run-scoring because of his problematic glovework. He fought his way back into the team and after playing for India at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, made his ODI and Test cricket debut in late-2004. This came after India had struggled to find a reliable glove-work in the past few years.
Karthik was the regular wicket-keeper in Tests, making rare appearances in ODIs. During this period, Karthik struggled and averaged less than 20 with the bat, and he was replaced as
Graeme Malcolm Wood (born 6 November 1956, East Fremantle, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 59 Tests and 83 ODIs from 1978 to 1989. He scored nine Test centuries in his career, which was a West Australian record until 2001-02 when it was surpassed by Justin Langer.
His Test debut came against India as a 21-year-old in 1978. He got his place in the side due to several of Australia's best players defecting to World Series Cricket. Later in the year he toured the West Indies and scored a century in the 1st Test as well as four half-centuries as he finished the Test series with the best run aggregate of 474 runs at 47.40.
He maintained his place in the Australian cricket team for the majority of the early to mid 1980s. He was dropped after the disastrous tour Ashes England in 1985. After excellent domestic form Wood was recalled in 1988/89 for the Test series against the West Indies, he scored 111 and 42 in the second Test but was dropped after the third Test. Overall his best innings seemed to be against the West Indies, and the Australian selectors always seemed to recall him when a series against them was close. But after 1988 he never appeared in
Mark Hunter Richardson (born 11 June 1971) is a former New Zealand cricketer. He was a left-handed opening batsman. He represented New Zealand in 38 Tests from 2000 to 2004. During his cricketing career he played for Auckland, Buckinghamshire and Otago. His nickname, "Rigor", is short for Rigor mortis, given to him on account that he moved like a dead man. He was also known as "snail man" due to his slow running. Although his team mates called him this in playful tones, he told 3 News he had had a "guts full" of it.
Richardson began his career as a left-arm spinner, batting at number 10. As his bowling ability declined, he worked on developing his batting, to the point where he was selected as an opening batsman for New Zealand, at age 29. His dour (he described the range of shots he played as "the straight drive, the forward defensive and 27 variations on the leave") approach to batting provided vital stability to New Zealand's batting order, at a time when they were notorious for collapses.
Richardson scored 2776 Test runs at an average of 44.77, including four centuries and 19 fifties. His sole Test wicket came in a match against Pakistan in 2001, dismissing Mohammad Yousuf,
Devon Malcolm (born Devon Eugene Malcolm, 22 February 1963) is a former English cricketer.
Malcolm was one of England's few genuinely fast bowlers of the 1990s. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he settled in England, making his first-class debut for Derbyshire in 1984, and qualifying to play for England in 1987. He played in 40 Test matches for his adopted country, but took part in just ten One Day Internationals. On his day he was one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket, but his playing style was also notable for his short-sightedness and poor catching, his powerful throwing arm, his perceived profligacy with the ball and his undoubted ineptitude with the bat.
His under-average ability as a batsman seemed however to add to his popularity, and he was often given a big cheer when he went out to bat, more often than not at number eleven, a position for which he was often in competition with Phil Tufnell. He hit some huge sixes for both England and Derbyshire and was a particular favourite of commentator Brian Johnston.
As the cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted, "Malcolm, incredibly wholehearted with an easy charm off the field, became a national hero".
Malcolm's chance to play for
Robert James Kirtley is a former English Test cricketer, who was born on the 10 January 1975 in Eastbourne in the county of Sussex. He is a right arm fast to medium bowler and a right hand batsman. After prep school at St.Andrews School, Eastbourne, he was educated at Clifton College.
His first One Day International was in 2001, as England beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets. Whilst not batting, he did take 2-33 off 9.1 overs with the ball. This was his first 'international' encounter, although he bowled Mashonaland to victory against England on their tour of Zimbabwe in 1996/1997. Later in 2001, he received the NBC Denis Compton Award.
In total, Kirtley has played eleven One Day Internationals. He has needed to bat on just two occasions, each time scoring 1. He has taken nine wickets, notably nabbing Virender Sehwag of India and Matthew Hayden of Australia. His best bowling figures in this form of cricket are 2-33, against Bangladesh, and he has a one-day bowling average of 53.44.
He made his Test debut in 2003 against South Africa, as England won by 70 runs. He contributed 4 with the bat over the two innings, facing 54 deliveries. He had more success bowling, however, taking 2-80 in the
Mark Anthony Taylor, (born 27 October 1964 in Leeton, New South Wales; nicknamed "Tubby" or "Tubs") is a former Australian cricket player and Test opening batsman from 1988–1999, as well as captain from 1994–1999, succeeding Allan Border. He was widely regarded as an instrumental component in Australia's rise to Test cricket dominance, and his captaincy was regarded as adventurous and highly effective. However, he was considered less than ideal for One-Day International cricket and was eventually dropped as one-day captain after a 0–3 drubbing at the hands of England in 1997.
He moved to Wagga Wagga in 1972 and played for Lake Albert Cricket Club. His debut was for New South Wales in 1985.
He retired from Test cricket on 2 February 1999. In 104 Test matches, he scored 7,525 runs with a batting average of 43.49, including 19 centuries and 40 fifties. He was also an excellent first slip – his 157 catches, at the time, a Test record (now held by Rahul Dravid).
In contrast to his predecessor Allan Border, who acquired the nickname 'Captain Grumpy', Taylor won plaudits for his always cheerful and positive demeanour. His successor, Steve Waugh, further honed the Australian team built by
Matthew James Wood (born September 30, 1980, Exeter, Devon) is an English cricketer who plays for Nottinghamshire. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm off-break bowler.
He made his first-class debut for Somerset against Yorkshire in 2001 and scored 71 in a total of 553 for five wickets. His maiden first-class century was 122 against Northamptonshire in 2001. Wood scored 297 against Yorkshire in 2005. He got out trying to hit a 6 to bring up his 300 but was caught at long on. He scored over 1000 first-class runs in 2005 at an average of 48 but 2006 was his least successful season to date with just 622 runs at an average of 23.
After Graeme Smith left in 2005, he was appointed as Somerset's official vice captain.
In the late part of the 2007 English cricket season, Wood signed for Nottinghamshire on a 3 year deal.
Nathan Michael Hauritz (/ˈhɒrɪts/; born 18 October 1981) is an Australian cricketer who has represented Australia in Tests, One-dayers and Twenty20 Internationals. He is mainly noted for his off spin bowling.
After representing Australia at Under-19 level and making his ODI debut in 2002 at the age of 20, Hauritz made his Test debut in 2004 in India, where he turned out a credible performance. Upon his return to Australia, however, his form at first class level did not live up to expectations and as a result he found himself out of the Australian side and struggling to hold a place in the Queensland side. As a result he switched to playing State cricket for New South Wales in the 2006–07 season. Nevertheless even after the move Hauritz's opportunities to play regular major cricket were limited.
On the eve of the 2nd Test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in November 2008, Hauritz found himself unexpectedly called in to the Australian side, four years after making his debut, as Australia searched for a spinner to replace Shane Warne. He went on to play three Tests during the 2008–09 Australian home season and was subsequently selected for Australia's tour to South Africa.
John Edrich, MBE (born John Hugh Edrich, 21 June 1937, Blofield, Norfolk) is a former English cricketer, who played for Surrey and England. He earned a reputation as a dogged and fearless batsman, and his figures show that he was amongst the best players of his generation. He played a total of seventy seven Test matches for England, in an international career lasting from 1963 to 1976. He was renowned for playing the cut, cover drive and was strong off his legs.
He came from a cricketing family, his four cousins, Eric Edrich, Bill Edrich, Geoff Edrich and Brian Edrich, all having played first-class cricket. He was educated at Bracondale Private School from the ages of eight to seventeen, during which time he played cricket at weekends and was coached by former cricketer CSR Boswell.
The cricket writer Colin Bateman gave the following description of Edrich: "Unflinching, unselfish, and often unsmiling while going about his business in the middle, he was a fiercely formidable opener who knew his limitations and worked wonderfully within them".
Having played four first-class matches for Combined Services in 1956 and 1957, whilst doing his National Service, Edrich made his first-class
Marlon Nathaniel Samuels (born 5 February 1981) is a West Indian cricketer. Samuels made his Test debut in Australia in 2000, and his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka in Nairobi during the ICC Knockout Trophy in the same year.
He is primarily a right-handed middle order batsman.
He was adjudged man of the match in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 final for his brilliant 56-ball 78.
He is the younger brother of Robert Samuels, also a West Indian Test and one-day cricketer.
Samuels scored his maiden Test hundred at Kolkata against the Indians in 2002/03. His innings of 104 helped the West Indies to draw the 3rd Test and was made against the likes of Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. His first ODI ton came in the series which followed and turned out to be a series winning innings. With the series level at 3-3 going into the final match at Vijayawada on 24 November 2002, Samuels smacked 108 not out off just 75 balls. The West Indies finished with 315 and went on to win by 135 runs.
During the West Indies tour of Australia, on 9 October 2005 Samuels registered his highest first-class score with an innings of 257. It was made in a tour match against Queensland at
Rohan Bholalall Kanhai (born December 26, 1935 in Port Mourant, Berbice, British Guiana) is a former West Indian Cricket player of Indo-Guyanese descent. He is widely considered as one of the best batsmen of the 1960s. Kanhai featured in several great West Indian teams, playing with, among others, Sir Garfield Sobers, Roy Fredericks, Lance Gibbs, and Alvin Kallicharran. C. L. R. James wrote in the New World journal that Kanhai was "the high peak of West Indian cricketing development", and praised his "adventuresome" attitude. Kanhai was part of the West Indian team that won the inaugural World Cup.
Kanhai made his Test debut for the West Indies in England in 1957 and kept wicket for his first three Tests in addition to opening the batting. Gerry Alexander took over the gloves for the last two Tests. A right-handed batsman, Kanhai scored 6,227 runs in 79 Tests at a robust average of 47.53, with his highest score of 256 coming against India in a Test at Calcutta. When Kanhai retired, his batting average was the fifth-highest of all West Indian cricketers with more than 20 Tests. He was famous for his unorthodox shots, most notably the "falling hook" shot, in which he finished his
Andrew Mark Jefferson Hilditch (born 20 May 1956, North Adelaide, South Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 18 Tests and 8 ODIs from 1979 to 1985. He played for New South Wales from 1977 to 1981 and for South Australia from 1982 to 1992. He was an Australian cricket selector from 1996 until 2011.
Hilditch made his First-class debut for New South Wales against Tasmania in Hobart in February 1977, scoring 5 and 42. Tasmania was not yet in the Sheffield Shield and the NSW side was mostly full of younger players. Hilditch played a further four matches for NSW in 1977/78 when the NSW side was weakened through the loss of players to World Series Cricket. He filled in as NSW captain in only his third match for them.
The 1978/79 season was the breakthrough for Hilditch, establishing himself as a regular opener in the NSW side, scoring 778 runs at 45.76. His maiden first-class century came in his birth city of Adelaide, scoring 124 against South Australia. He also scored 93 against the touring England team.
With England leading the six-Test series 4-1, Hilditch was selected to make his Test debut in the final Test in Sydney. He scored just 3 and 1 but was retained for
Johannes Jacobus van der Wath (born 10 January 1978) is a South African cricketer.
Johan is a very attacking and aggressive Right Handed Batsman who usually bats in the lower middle order coming in and increasing the strike rate. He is also a very aggressive Right Arm Medium-Fast Bowler who regularly takes wickets with the new ball.
Van Der Wath started his career off in 1995 with the Easterns in South Africa where he played one One Day match. The following year he made his first class debut but only played one more match after that before joining Free State for the beginning of the 1997 South African season. He scored his highest first class score of 113* in 2002 while playing for Free State. After 7 seasons with the club he joined the Eagles. It was here where he produced performances good enough for the selectors of South Africa to take notice of him and in his second season he made his international debut. He was banned for playing in South Africa when he joined up to the ICL.
While still playing in South Africa, he joined Sussex in 2005 as an overseas player for the English season playing in 17 matches altogether. He then joined his second English county in 2007 playing for
Liam Edward Plunkett (born 6 April 1985) is an English cricketer, who plays for Yorkshire and England. In the 2005 season he was Durham's leading first-class wicket-taker, with 51 wickets at a bowling average of 30.84, including eight for 88 in his first game of the season against Leicestershire.
Plunkett was called up for the England One Day International and Test squads to tour Pakistan in November & December 2005 after an injury to Simon Jones. He made his Test debut in the third Test of that series in Lahore taking figures of 2-125 in the innings defeat.
He was subsequently taken on the 2005-06 tour to India. He played in the second Test at Mohali, replacing Ian Blackwell in the side. However, he was largely unimpressive, taking only one wicket and scoring just one run over two innings. He was replaced by James Anderson for the third Test.
Injuries to Steve Harmison, Anderson and Jones meant Plunkett started the first Test of the Sri Lankan tour of England in the summer of 2006. He achieved his best figures to date on 25 May 2006, when taking three wickets before lunch against in the second Test at Edgbaston. This included a double wicket maiden in his first over of the day,
Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene (Sinhala:දෙනගමගේ ප්රබොත් මහේල ද සිල්වා ජයවර්ධන; born 27 May 1977), known as Mahela Jayawardene, is the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman.
Jayawardene made his Test debut in 1997 and his One Day International (ODI) debut the following season. In 2006 he made the highest ever score by a Sri Lankan in Test cricket, scoring 374 in the second Test of Sri Lanka's home series against South Africa. He has a Test average of over 50 and an ODI average in the 30s. He is the first and only player in the history of Sri Lankan cricket to score over 10,000 Test runs. Despite his relatively low ODI average, Jayawardene is considered to be one of the best batsmen produced by Sri Lanka and is generally held in high regard as a legend of the modern game along with team-mate Kumar Sangakkara. He is one of only three Sri Lankans—the others being Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara—to have scored more than 10,000 runs in ODIs.
In 2006, Jayawardene was named by the International Cricket Council as the best international captain of the year and he was nominated in 2007 as the best Test cricket player of the year. He is
Philip Anthony Jaques (/ˈdʒeɪks/; born 3 May 1979 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman who has played first-class cricket for New South Wales, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire and Worcestershire, as well as international cricket for Australia. He was married to the Australian women's soccer player Danielle Small from 2006 to 2009.
Jaques commenced his cricketing career whilst a student at Nareena Hills Public School in Wollongong. A junior with the Wests team in Wollongong he moved onto the Sutherland club while still attending Figtree High School to further his career. In 1999 Jaques was awarded a cricketing scholarship by New South Wales, which enabled him to spend the English summer playing for Northern Cricket Club near Liverpool. A last minute call up to the NSW team on 15 March 2001 for a match against Queensland saw him rush from Sydney to Brisbane where he arrived in time to debut at the unfamiliar number 10 position with the score at 70/8, up against a Queensland attack on a seaming green-top, he top scored with 40.
After struggling to establish himself for New South Wales thereafter, Jaques transformed his career by
Scott Bernardo Styris (born 10 July 1975) is an Australian-born New Zealand cricketer. An allrounder, Styris is an aggressive right-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler.
Educated at Fairfield Intermediate and Hamilton Boys' High School, Styris has represented Auckland and Northern Districts since 1994/95. He was originally just a seam bowler and only started to concentrate on his batting after a knee injury. Nicknamed "The Pig", he has become a crowd favourite, especially at Eden Park.
Styris has played for Hamilton in the Hawke Cup.
Scott Styris was bought by the Deccan Chargers for the IPL 2008 season. He went for $175,000 in the player auction on February 20, 2008.
At the 2011 IPL Auctions Scott Styris was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for $200,000 and will represent the side in the forthcoming tournament.
Styris made his debut for New Zealand in a One Day International at Rajkot in 1999/2000. His maiden wicket was that of Sachin Tendulkar, one of 3 wickets for the match.
He had to wait until mid 2002 to play his first Test Match, against the West Indies at Grenada. His debut had almost come at Karachi 2 months earlier but the match was abandoned
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Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi (Urdu: صاحبزادہ محمد شاہد خان آفریدی) (born 1 March 1980 in Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan), popularly known as Shahid Afridi (Pashto: شاهد افریدی), is a Pakistani cricketer. Between 1996 and 2012, Afridi played 27 Tests, 334 One Day Internationals, and 46 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for the Pakistani national team. He made his ODI debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya and his Test debut on 22 October 1998 against Australia.
He is known for his aggressive batting style, and holds the record for the fastest ODI century which he made in his first international innings, as well as scoring 32 runs in a single over, the second highest scoring over ever in an ODI. He also holds the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket. Afridi considers himself a better bowler than batsman, and has taken 48 Test wickets and over 300 in ODIs. Currently Afridi is third on the list of leading wicket takers in the Twenty20 format, behind Saeed Ajmal and Umer Gul of Pakistan, taking 62 wickets from 56 matches . Shahid Afridi has signed to play for the Sydney Thunderin Australia’s Twenty20
Wasim Jaffer pronunciation (help·info) (born February 16, 1978) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed opening batsman and an occasional right arm off-break bowler.He is currently the highest run-getter in ranji trophy surprassing Amol Muzumdar.
Following a prolific school career, during which he scored 400 not out in one innings as a 15 year old, he made his entry into the first class cricket scoring a triple century in his second match. His innings of 314 not out helped set a series of firsts for Mumbai. It was the first occasion that a batsman had made a triple century for Mumbai away from home and by putting on 459 runs with his opening partner Sulakshan Kulkarni the pair became the first from Mumbai to pass 400.
An opening batsman, with the style of Mohammed Azharuddin, much was expected of Jaffer as he entered Test cricket for the first time in a home series against South Africa in 2000. An experienced bowling duo in Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald would however prove too difficult for Jaffer to cope with, and he managed just 46 runs from his four innings. He would not start another international match for some time, eventually returning in May 2002 for a tour of the
Wayne Bentley Phillips (born 1 March 1958) is a former Australian cricketer, who played in 27 Tests and 48 ODIs from 1982 to 1986 as a batsman and wicket-keeper. He played for South Australia between 1978 and 1991
Phillips played cricket as a wicketkeeper at high school, but concentrated on batting once he started grade cricket. He would occasionally wicket keep and was a reserve wicketkeeper with Australian under-age teams, but soon established himself as a specialist batsman.
He made his first class debut during the 1977-78 season, when the state sides had been depleted due to World Series Cricket. Over the summer he played three Sheffield Shield matches and a single one-day match as a middle class batsman, with a top score of 22.
Phillips did not play first class cricket again until the 1980-81 season, when he was picked for South Australia's last match of the Sheffield Shield. He made the most of his opportunity, scoring 111 and 91 as an opener against Victoria.
Phillips established himself as an opening batsman over the 1981-82 season, scoring 857 first class runs at an average of 47.61, making an important contribution to South Australia winning the Sheffield Shield that
Mohammad Younus Khan (Pashto, Urdu: محمد یونس خان) (born 29 November 1977) is a Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Younus' name is often spelled Younis Khan, but he has been quoted as saying, "My name is Younus Khan. I tell people that everywhere, but they don’t listen." He is only the third Pakistani player to score 300 or more runs in an innings. Like Imran Khan, he is most remembered his leadership letting Pakistan win 2009 ICC World Twenty20.
On 10 March 2010, Younus, along with another player, Mohammad Yousuf were axed by the Pakistan Cricket Board from playing for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, following an inquiry report which suggested that both players were involved in breaches of discipline by inciting divisions within the team. The ban was overturned three months later. Presently Younus is a key member in the ODI and Test match side, by February 2012 Younus reached his 20th test match century against England.
Younus Khan made his international debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Karachi in February 2000, and has since played over 150 ODIs for Pakistan. He has also played in over 50 Test matches. Younus was one
Kevin Peter Pietersen, MBE (born 27 June 1980) is a South African-born English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who plays for England, Surrey and the Delhi Daredevils.
Pietersen was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa. He made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England, after voicing his displeasure at the racial quota system in place in South Africa. His English mother made him eligible to play for England and after serving a qualifying period of four years playing at county level, he was called up almost immediately into the national side. He made his international debut in the One Day International match against Zimbabwe in 2004 and his Test match debut in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia the following year.
The England team's subsequent reliance on Pietersen resulted in only a single first-class appearance for Hampshire between 2005 and 2010. On 17 June 2010, Pietersen announced his wish to leave Hampshire and he subsequently joined Surrey on loan for the remainder of the season before joining the club permanently from the 2011 season onwards.
He was captain of the England Test and ODI teams
Michael Scott Kasprowicz (born 10 February 1972) is a former Australian Test cricketer. He is a right arm fast bowler, effective outfielder and useful lower order batsman, and has enjoyed a successful career both in Australia and in the English county scene since making his debut for Queensland as a seventeen year old in the 1989–1990 domestic season. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1990-1991. Kasprowicz was one of the top performing fast bowlers in Australian cricket over the past decade, and his solid performances for Queensland earned him a Test debut against West Indies in his native Brisbane in November 1996. However, he would go through his first two Test matches for Australia wicketless.
The start to his international career was patchy and resulted in his omission from the Australian team, but his performances for Queensland and various counties in England meant he stayed in the eyes of the national selectors. After being in and out of the side since his debut, Kasprowicz returned in 2004 to hold down a regular spot ahead of Brett Lee. To highlight his return to the team, Kasprowicz enjoyed a successful 2004, capturing an impressive 47 Test
Rudra Pratap Singh pronunciation (help·info) (born 6 December 1985 in Purebala, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India ) is a left arm fast-medium bowler who has represented India in one day cricket, T20 and Test cricket. He played for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the 2011 IPL.
R.P. Singh Sindhi by ethnicity, his ancestors were basically from Pyaro Goth near Sita Road District Dadu, Sindh currently in Pakistan. He first came in contention during the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004, when he took eight wickets for a very impressive average of 24.75. He later performed consistently in the Ranji Trophy for Uttar Pradesh and impressive performances saw him earn a place in the ODI side in 2005.
In his third one-day match, Singh got his first man of the match award as he played his part as India restricted Sri Lanka to a modest 196 all out. Swinging the ball on a batting wicket, he took 4 important wickets to rattle Sri Lanka. His bowling figures of 8.5 overs, 2 maidens, 35 runs and 4 wickets announced his arrival on the international stage.
Singh was selected to make his Test debut in the 2nd Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad, Pakistan in January 2006. He won the man of the match award
Stephen Paul Fleming, ONZM (born 1 April 1973) is a New Zealand cricketer, and the former captain of the New Zealand national cricket team, known as the Black Caps, in Test and one-day cricket. Known for his astute tactical abilities, he is New Zealand's second-most capped test player with 111 test appearances, longest-serving and most successful captain, having led the side to 28 victories and having won Test match series' against India, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. He retired from international cricket on 26 March 2008. Fleming played in the 2008 Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings after being signed for US$350,000 and currently the coach of CSK.
He was particularly noted for his captaincy, having been praised from the likes of Shane Warne as the "best captain in world cricket" and most recently, Graeme Swann who said that Fleming is one of the two true leaders that he's ever seen, alongside Andrew Strauss.
A left-handed batsman, Fleming made his Test debut in March 1994 against India winning the Man of the Match award on debut after scoring 92. In 1995 he survived controversy when he was caught and admitted to smoking marijuana with
Christopher Henry "Chris" Gayle (born 21 September 1979) is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. He captained the West Indies' Test side from 2007 to 2010. He plays domestic cricket for Jamaica, and also represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and the Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League. He has also represented Worcestershire, the Western Warriors and the Kolkata Knight Riders in his career.
He was also selected for team Uva Next for inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League in 2012 but his participation is in doubt after he sustained a groin injury during the West Indies’ second Test win over New Zealand in Kingston.
He is one of only four players who have scored two triple centuries at Test level: 317 against South Africa in 2005, and 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010.
Chris Gayle played for the West Indies at youth international level prior to making his first-class debut aged 19 for Jamaica. He played his first One Day International 11 months later, and his first Test match 6 months after that. Gayle, who normally opens the innings when he plays for the West Indies,
Jonathan Philip Agnew (born 4 April 1960) is an English cricket broadcaster and former professional cricketer. He was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and educated at Uppingham School. He is nicknamed "Aggers", and, less commonly, "Spiro" – the latter, according to Debrett's Cricketers' Who's Who, after former US Vice President Spiro Agnew.
Agnew had a successful first-class career as a fast bowler for Leicestershire from 1979 to 1990, returning briefly in 1992. He took 666 wickets at an average of 29.25 and won three Test caps for England, as well as playing three One Day Internationals in the mid 1980s. His entire international career lasted just under a year. In county cricket, Agnew's most successful seasons came toward the end of his career, after his last international match, when he had learned to swing the ball. He was second and third leading wicket-taker in 1987 and 1988 respectively, including the achievement of 100 wickets in a season in 1987. He was named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 1988.
While still a player, Agnew began a career in cricket journalism and commentary. Since his retirement as a player, he has become a
Mohammad Asif (Urdu: محمد آصف, born 20 December 1982) is a Pakistani right-arm fast medium bowler in cricket. Asif was born in Sheikhupura, and has played first-class cricket for Khan Research Labs, the National Bank, Quetta, Sheikhupura, Sialkot and Leicestershire. He made his Test match debut for the Pakistan cricket team against Australia in January 2005.
On 20 July 2010, Asif was ranked second leading Test bowler, just behind Dale Steyn.
In 2006, there was a cricket controversy involving Asif, after he tested positive for anabolic steroid, Nandrolone, before having a ban imposed on him overturned on appeal. He was later withdrawn from Pakistan's World Cup squad with an unrelated injury. Further cricket controversy followed when he was detained in Dubai suspected of having drugs on his person and was then found to have tested positive for a banned substance during the Indian Premier League. In August 2010 he was accused by the News of the World of deliberately bowling no-balls in return for payment from a betting syndicate. On 5 February 2011 a 3-man tribunal, appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave the verdict that he was to be banned for 7 years, with 2 of
Muttiah Muralitharan (Tamil: முத்தையா முரளிதரன்; Sinhala: මුත්තයියා මුරලිදරන්) (also spelt as Muralidaran; born 17 April 1972), often referred to as Murali, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on 22 July 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match.
Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in both Test cricket and in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He took the wicket of Gautam Gambhir on 5 February 2009 in Colombo to surpass Wasim Akram's ODI record of 501 wickets. Muralitharan became the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he overtook the previous record-holder Shane Warne on 3 December 2007. Muralitharan had previously held the record when he surpassed Courtney Walsh's 519 wickets in 2004, but he suffered a shoulder injury later that year and was then overtaken by Warne.
Averaging over six wickets per Test, Muralitharan was one of the most successful bowlers in the game. Muralitharan held the number one spot in the International Cricket Council’s player rankings for Test bowlers for a record period of 1,711
Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan (born 23 June 1980, in Wakenaam Island, Guyana) is a West Indian cricketer of Indo-Guyanese origin and a member of the West Indies cricket team.
Sarwan grew up in the small village outside the capital city of Guyana, Georgetown where he played for Georgetown Cricket Club.
He has been a member of the West Indies cricket team since his Test debut against Pakistan at Barbados in May 2000 – a match in which he was unbeaten in both innings including a first innings score of 84 not out. He missed scoring his maiden Test century against South Africa in March 2001 when he was run out for 91. His score of 78 in the second Test against India at Chennai in October 2002 was his fourth innings of 75+ that was not converted into a century. His maiden Test century came in his next Test series against Bangladesh at Dhaka. His next Test century came against Australia at St. John's in May 2003. His best innings (291) came against England in February/March 2009. Sarwan is also a part-time leg-break bowler with best bowling figures of 4 for 37.
During the most recent controversy involving the bowling action of Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan, which led to an International
Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad (Kannada: ಬಾಪು ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾವ್ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್) pronunciation (help·info) (born 5 August 1969 in Bangalore, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer. He is the bowling coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, having formerly performed the same role for the Indian cricket team from 2007 to 2009. He made his debut in 1996. Primarily a right-arm medium-fast bowler, Prasad was noted for his bowling combination with Javagal Srinath.
Prasad took 96 wickets from 33 Tests at an average of 35, and 196 wickets from 161 ODIs at an average of 32.3. Prasad was more effective on wickets that helped seam bowling even though his best Test bowling figures of 6 for 33, achieved against Pakistan in the 1999 Test series in India, came on a docile pitch in Chennai; these figures included a spell of bowling in which he took 5 wickets for 0 runs. Notably, he once took 10 wickets in a Test match in Durban, South Africa, in December 1996. It remains his only ten wicket haul in Test cricket. Prasad also took five wicket hauls in England, in 1996, in Sri Lanka, in 2001, and in the West Indies, in 1997. Prasad played his final Test match in Sri Lanka
Sarfraz Nawaz Malik (Punjabi, Urdu: سرفراز نواز ملک) (born 1 December 1948, Lahore, Punjab) is a former Pakistani Test cricketer and politician who discovered reverse swing and was instrumental in Pakistan's first Test series victories over India and England. Between 1969 and 1984 he played 55 Tests and 45 One Day Internationals and was Imran Khan's regular new ball partner. In 1978–79 he took 9/86 against Australia at Melbourne - including a spell of 7/1 off 33 balls - to give Pakistan a surprise victory, but in the next Test at Perth Sarfraz controversially dismissed the Australian batsman Andrew Hilditch for handling the ball.
In his first Test – against England at Karachi – the twenty year old Sarfraz took no wickets or catches, did not bat and was dropped for four years. He made his name in 1972–73 by taking 4/53 and 4/56 against Australia a the SCG, accounting for Ian and Greg Chappell, Keith Stackpole and Ian Redpath, but this did not stop the hosts winning by 56 runs. At Headingley in 1974 Sarfraz hit 53 off 74 balls to convert 209/8 into 285 all out, driving the ball fiercely off Geoff Arnold, Chris Old, Mike Hendrick, Tony Greig and Derek Underwood in a low scoring match.
Johannes Albertus Morkel (born 10 June 1981), better known as Albie Morkel, is a South African cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm medium fast and bats left-handed. He is famous for his six hitting abilities in Twenty20 cricket. Albie has a brother, Morné Morkel, who also plays international cricket for South Africa while his father Albert played provincial cricket in South Africa.
His bowling was quite impressive in his first seasons in first class cricket, as he burst onto the scene with six for 36 for Easterns against Griqualand West, but in the 2004/05 season he was expected to take more of the bowling effort for the Titans, but only took 20 wickets at a bowling average of 40.65. However, that coincided with an improvement in his batting, as he made his first double century of his career, with 204 not out against Western Province Boland.
During the 2008 Summer season Albie played for Durham County Cricket Club in the North East of England along with fellow South African Shaun Pollock mainly in the Twenty20 Cup competition. He was dropped from the National team to the tour of Windies to open door for Dave Miller and others .
In 2012, Morkel was confirmed as
Ashley Fraser Giles MBE (born 19 March 1973) is a retired English cricketer. Giles played the entirety of his 14-year first-class career at Warwickshire County Cricket Club where he is now employed as Director of Cricket. Giles played 54 Test matches and 62 One Day Internationals for England before being forced to retire due to a recurring hip injury.
Giles started his career as a fast bowler before an early injury forced him to become a slow left-arm spinner. He made his first-class debut for Warwickshire in 1993, but it was 1996 when he gained a regular place in the side, winning the NBC Denis Compton Award for being 'The Most Promising Young Player' at the club. Giles was awarded his One Day International debut against Australia in May 1997, and 36 wickets in the 1998 season led to his first Test match against South Africa, although it would be a further two years before he would play another Test for England.
He did not have the most fluent bowling action and was unable to turn the ball a huge amount, although at 6 feet 4 inches (2 m), he was able to use his height to extract plenty of bounce. As a right-handed batsman, Giles scored three first-class centuries, but his highest
Bradley John Hodge (born 29 December 1974) is an Australian and Victorian cricketer. He attended St Bede's College in Mentone, Victoria. He is a right hand batsman who bats in the middle order, as well as a part-time right arm off spin bowler.
Hodge was a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket, holding the records for the most runs (5,597) and most centuries (20) in Australian interstate one-day matches. He is also Victoria's highest ever run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield (10,474 runs). However, his opportunities to represent Australia were limited to six Tests and 25 one day internationals (ODIs).
Hodge debuted for the Victorian Bushrangers as a 19-year-old and was nicknamed "Glovelick" by Dean Jones for the fact that he shared a bunkbed with his brother at the time of his debut. He was also called "Bunkie" for the same reason.
Hodge played Lancashire League Cricket for Ramsbottom in 2000 and 2001 breaking the clubs batting record in 2001.
Hodge has played with County Cricket teams Durham, Lancashire and Leicestershire, where he made his highest first class score of 302*. During his time at Leicestershire he was accused of cheating by then Derbyshire captain, Dominic Cork by
Mohammad Kaif (Hindi: मोहम्मद कैफ) pronunciation (help·info) (born December 1, 1980) is an Indian cricketer. He is a thinly built cricketer who made it to the national team on the strength of his performances at the Under-19 level, where he captained the Indian team to victory in the Under-19 World Cup in 2000. He can be both defensive and aggressive, as variable strike rates in Test and ODI cricket suggest. He was the one of the best Indian fielder at his time along with Yuvraj Singh at the covers such as the current Raina-Kohli duo. He was bought by Duronto Rajshahi for $350,000 to play in Bangladesh Premier League.
Mohammad Kaif was born on 1 December 1980 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. His father Mohammad Tarif has played for Railways & Uttar Pradesh. His brother Mohammad Saif plays for Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh. Kaif married Pooja Kaif, a Noida based journalist, on March 25, 2011.
Kaif has played for following major teams:
Kaif made his Test debut in 2000 against South Africa in Bangalore soon after, and was selected in the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
His early international career was considered patchy, with the occasional outstanding
Mohinder Amarnath Bhardwaj pronunciation (help·info) (born 24 September 1950) is a former Indian cricketer (1969–1989) and current cricket analyst. He is commonly known as "Jimmy". He is the son of Lala Amarnath, the first post-independence captain of India. His brother Surinder Amarnath was a Test player. His brother Rajinder Amarnath is a former first class cricket and current cricket coach.
Mohinder Amarnath also served as a selector for the Indian National team but his was cut short early, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointing an all-new selection committee after its Annual General Meeting held in Mumbai on September 27, 2012.
Mohinder made his debut against Australia at Chennai in December 1969. Mohinder was seen, in the latter part of his career, as the finest Indian batsman against express pace. Both Imran Khan and Malcolm Marshall have praised his batsmanship, courage and ability to endure and master pain. In 1982-83 Mohinder played 11 Test matches against Pakistan (5) and the West Indies (6) and scored over 1000 runs in the two series.
In his "Idols", Sunil Gavaskar described Mohinder Amarnath as the finest batsman in the world.
He made his
Ravinder Singh "Ravi" Bopara (born 4 May 1985) is an English cricketer who plays for Essex and England. Originally a top-order batsman, his developing medium pace bowling is making him a vital all-rounder and he has the best bowling figures for England in a Twenty20 International. Bopara has also played for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
Bopara was first called up to the England One Day International team in 2007, before a difficult Test debut in Sri Lanka saw him dropped in early 2008 after a string of three ducks. He regained his place for a Test against the West Indies in the winter of 2008-09; on his return to the side, Bopara became the fifth batsman to score three consecutive Test centuries for England. Despite this success, during the 2009 Ashes Bopara again struggled and was dropped for the final Test of the series.
Educated at Brampton Manor School, Bopara attended Frenford Clubs and represented Essex Boys and Girls Clubs in their representative U14 cricket team. Bopara made his first-class debut for Essex in May 2002. In 2003 and 2004, he played several matches for England U-19s, including in the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup.
In the 2005 season, he
Salman Butt (Punjabi/Urdu: سلمان بٹ, Salmān Baṭṭ; born 7 October 1984) is a former Pakistani cricketer who was a regular Test and ODI left-handed opening batsman. He made his Test debut on 3 September 2003 in the third Test against Bangladesh, and a year later made his ODI debut against West Indies on 22 September 2004. He was appointed captain of the Pakistan Test squad on 16 July 2010. On 29 August 2010, he was implicated in allegations of spot-fixing. On 31 August 2010, he was stripped of the Pakistan Captaincy, and removed from the ODI Squad pending criminal proceedings. As of 5 February 2011, Butt is serving a 10-year ban, of which five years is a suspended sentence. In November 2011, Butt was convicted and jailed for 30 months for conspiracy charges relating to the spot-fixing, along with Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif..On June 21st 2012,he was released from Jail.
Salman Butt started in the Under-17s and quickly progressed through to Under-19 level, although at the time he was much younger than the age limits suggest, making his senior debut for Lahore Whites in 2000 aged only 19. His talent was noticed immediately, which led to him being given a place in the Pakistan A team
Alex Jeremy Tudor (born 23 October 1977 in Kensington) is an English cricketer who has spent two spells with Surrey as well as playing for Essex. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast bowler. He was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award during the 1997 and 1998 season. A highly talented performer with bat and ball his career has been hampered by frequent injury trouble.
Tudor's Test debut came in the 1998/99 Ashes series in which he played solidly with the bat and further impressed selectors while bowling, winning the praise of his opponents, in particular Australia's captain Mark Taylor. His further contributions with the bat were the subject of much attention as he batted against New Zealand and hit 99 not out, the highest-ever score by an English nightwatchman, which led him towards a Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year award; batting partner Graham Thorpe received much ribbing from their Surrey team mates for not letting him reach a century.
Initial omission from the 2002/03 Ashes squad was overruled when he was selected above several injured players. Injuries in 2003 and 2004 followed, and despite his recovery being aided by visits to the German doctor
Andrew John Strauss, OBE (born 2 March 1977) is an English cricketer who plays county cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club and is the captain of England's Test cricket team. A fluent left-handed opening batsman, Strauss favours scoring off the back foot, mostly playing cut and pull shots. Strauss is also known for his fielding strength at slip or in the covers.
Strauss made his first-class debut in 1998, and his One Day International (ODI) debut in Sri Lanka in 2003. He quickly rose to fame on his Test match debut replacing the injured Michael Vaughan at Lords against New Zealand in 2004. With scores of 112 and 83 (run out) in an England victory, and the man of the match award, he became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his debut and was close to becoming the first Englishman to score centuries in both innings of his debut. Strauss again nearly scored two centuries (126 and 94 not out) and was named man of the match in his first overseas Test match, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in December 2004. Strauss suffered a drop in form during 2007, and as a result he was left out of the Test squad for England's tour of Sri Lanka, and announced that he was
Robert Andrew Woolmer (14 May 1948 – 18 March 2007) was an international cricketer, professional cricket coach and also a professional commentator. He played in 19 Test matches and 6 One Day Internationals for England and later coached South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan.
On 18 March 2007, Woolmer died suddenly in Jamaica, just a few hours after the Pakistan team's unexpected elimination at the hands of Ireland in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Shortly afterwards, Jamaican police announced that they were opening a murder investigation into Woolmer's death. In November 2007, a jury in Jamaica recorded an open verdict on Woolmer's death, after deciding that there was insufficient evidence of either a criminal act or natural causes.
Woolmer was born in the hospital across the road from the cricket ground in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, in India. His father was the cricketer Clarence Woolmer, who represented United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh) in the Ranji Trophy. Woolmer went to school in Kent, first at Yardley Court in Tonbridge and then The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells. When he was 15, Colin Page, the coach and captain of the Kent second XI, converted him from an off-spinner to a
Hendrik Human Dippenaar (born 14 June 1977, in Kimberley, Cape Province), known as Boeta Dippenaar, is a cricketer who has played Test and One Day International cricket for South Africa and the ACA African XI. He has played as a specialist batsman in most of his matches, and has played Test cricket in all batting positions from one through seven . He bats right-handed and bowls occasional off breaks .
Dippenaar made his international debut in September 1999, playing two of South Africa's four One Day Internationals as an opening batsman during the LG Cup in Kenya, which South Africa won, and he also played both Tests in the home-and-away Test series with Zimbabwe in October and November that same month, making 56 runs in four innings.
He was in and out of both the Test and One Day International team during the next five years, never playing more than eight Tests in succession, but during the tour of the West Indies in 2004–05 Dippenaar's form showed signs of improving. He was selected for two Tests against the West Indies, recording two fifties in three innings, and subsequently averaged 105.66 in the 5-ODI series against the West Indies.
However, he made four sub-25 scores in his
Brian Charles Lara, TC, OCC, AM (born 2 May 1969, in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago) is a former West Indian international cricket player. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history. The BBC radio commentary on the final day of the innings (6 June 1994), by Dave Roberts, was being broadcast around the world live via the BBC World Service network, and in the UK on BBC Radios 1, 2 & 4 as well as the majority of BBC Local radio stations. That evening, as Lara neared the all-time batting record, a huge surge of fans crowded to enter the ground.
Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. He is the only batsman to have ever scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a
Damien Richard Martyn (born 21 October 1971) is a former Australian cricketer. He played for the national team sporadically in 1992–1994 before becoming a regular ODI player in 1999–2000 and a regular Test player in 2001 until his retirement in late 2006. He was primarily a right-handed middle-order as a batsman with a 'classical' technique, known in particular for his elegant strokemaking square of the wicket on the off-side and through the covers. Martyn was also an occasional medium-pacer and distinguished fieldsman primarily in the covers who was capable of creating spectacular run-outs. He also very occasionally kept wicket at first-class level. He was named man of the series in the Border Gavaskar Trophy in 2004, to help Australia defeat India on the subcontinent for the first time in more than 30 years, and was named in early 2005 as the Australian Test player of the Year at the annual Allan Border Medal presentations.
Martyn moved with his family to Perth, Western Australia at the age of three, and was educated at Girrawheen Senior High School, before being selected for the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide in 1990. He made his first class debut for Western Australia
Derek Underwood MBE (born Derek Leslie Underwood, 8 June 1945, Bromley, Kent, England) is an English former international cricketer, and a former President of the MCC.
Underwood was one of the foremost spin bowlers in the world for over a decade, starting from the late 1960s. Not a classical spinner, Underwood bowled at around medium pace and was often unplayable on seaming English wickets, particularly sticky wickets, earning his nickname 'Deadly', and accounting for the saying that England would "carry Underwood like an umbrella, in case of rain". His inswinging arm ball was particularly noted for dismissing batsmen leg before wicket. Underwood is noted for his consistent accuracy and Keith Dunstan wrote that he "is inclined to wear a hole in the pitch by dropping the ball on the same spot...".
Underwood was a first-class bowler from his teens, and he took his 100th Test wicket and 1,000th first-class wicket in 1971, aged only 25. Only George Lohmann and Wilfred Rhodes had secured a thousand wickets at an earlier age than Underwood. He used to say that bowling was a 'low mentality profession: plug away, line and length, until there's a mistake', and sooner or later every batsman
Desmond Leo Haynes (born 15 February 1956) is a West Indian cricketer and cricket coach. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1991. Haynes formed a formidable partnership with Gordon Greenidge for the West Indies cricket team in Test cricket during 1980s. Between them they managed 16 century stands, four in excess of 200. The pair made 6482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the second highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history. Haynes favoured a more measured approach to batting. He compiled 7487 runs in 116 Test matches at an average of 42.29, his highest Test innings coming against England in 1984 with 184 off 395 balls. He is one of the few Test batsman to have been dismissed handled the ball, falling in this fashion against India on 3 March 1978.
He first made his name on the international scene with 148 against Australia at Antigua in a One-Day International against Australia and until recently Haynes held a number of ODI records, including most runs and most centuries. He played in the World Cup of 1979, won by the West Indies, and returned to the competition in 1983, 1987 and 1992. In the 25 World Cup matches, Haynes scored 854 runs at
Dominic Gerald Cork (born 7 August 1971) is a former English cricketer. Cork is a right-handed lower-order batsman who bowls right-arm fast-medium, and is renowned for his swing and seam control.
Making his début in first-class cricket for Derbyshire in 1990, he was selected to play for England in 1992, aged 21. He made 69 appearances for England from 1992 to 2002. Cork played for Derbyshire for 13 years, before leaving under controversial circumstances to join Lancashire in 2004. Leaving Lancashire after the 2008 season, Cork joined Hampshire, who he played for from 2009 to 2011, acting as captain for much of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. While at Hampshire he won the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy, and captained the county to victory in the 2010 Friends Provident t20. He was released by Hampshire at the end of the 2011 season, shortly thereafter he announced his retirement on Sky Sports News on 22nd September 2011. His popular nickname is "Corky".
While playing for Staffordshire, Cork made his Youth ODI début for England Under-19's against New Zealand Under-19s in August 1989. Later in August he made his Youth Test début against the same opposition. He played six further Youth Tests
Geoffrey Robert Marsh (born 31 December 1958, in Northam, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricketer, coach and selector. He played 50 Test matches and over 100 One Day Internationals for Australia as an opening batsman. As the coach of Australia he was in charge when Australia won the 1999 Cricket World Cup in England. He later coached Zimbabwe (2001–2004) and Sri Lanka (2011–12).
Marsh was a steady, solid right-handed opening batsman and capable fielder, making his first-class debut for Western Australia as a nineteen year old in the 1977–1978 Sheffield Shield season. In 1978 he played five games of Australian rules football for South Fremantle in the West Australian National Football League before concentrating only on cricket.
Marsh established himself as a solid competitor on the domestic front and was on the fringes of the national team for a number of years before winning selection in the Australian Test team. He made his debut in December 1985 against India and took part of the tours of New Zealand and India the following year.
He soon made the opening position his own, batting alongside the likes of Mark Taylor and David Boon, and became an integral part of the
Irfan Khan Pathan ( pronunciation (help·info), (born 27 October 1984 in Baroda, Gujarat, India) is an Indian cricketer who made his debut for India in late-2003 and was a core member of the national team until a decline in form set in during 2006, forcing him out of the team. Since then, he has been in and out of the limited-overs team, and has only sporadic appearances in Test cricket. He is currently the 8th highest wicket taker for India in the ODIs and 2nd highest in the Twenty20 Internationals.
Beginning his career as a left-arm fast-medium swing bowler, Pathan broke into the national team soon after turning 19, and evoked comparisons with Pakistan's Wasim Akram, regarded as one of the finest left-arm pacemen of all time, with his promising performances and prodigious swing. He cemented his position in the team and was named by the International Cricket Council as the 2004 Emerging Player of the Year. In late-2004 he took 18 wickets in two Tests against Bangladesh, but the start of 2005 he performed poorly and conceded runs at a high rate, leading to a brief exile from the one-day international (ODI) team.
Immediately thereafter, Australian Greg Chappell, one of the leading
Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj ( pronunciation (help·info)) (born 6 January 1959, Chandigarh Punjab, India), better known as Kapil Dev, is a former Indian cricketer. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Kapil Dev was also India's national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.
Kapil was a right-arm pace bowler noted for his graceful action and potent outswinger, and was India's main strike bowler for most of his career. He also developed a fine inswinging yorker during the 1980s, which he used very effectively against tail-enders. As a batsman, he was a natural striker of the ball who could hook and drive effectively. A naturally aggressive player, he often helped India in difficult situations by taking the attack to the opposition. Nicknamed The Haryana Hurricane, he represented the Haryana Cricket Team in domestic cricket. He retired in 1994, holding the world record for the most number of wickets taken in Test cricket, a record subsequently broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000. At the time, he was also India's highest wicket taker in both major forms of cricket,
Lance Klusener (born 4 September 1971) is a former South African cricketer, more specifically an all-rounder. He is known for his aggressive batting and his fast-medium swing bowling. He is nicknamed "Zulu" because of his fluency in that language. Following his exploits at the 1999 World Cup, he topped the ICC ODI Batting rankings. His high strike rate and career ODI batting average of 41.10 placed him among the ranks of South Africa's most accomplished one-day batsmen.
Klusener played for Kwazulu-Natal (Nashua Dolphins) in the domestic level in South Africa between 1991 and 2004. In 2004, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club signed him on a contract running until late 2008. At Wantage Road he impressed with his fired-up seam bowling and his hard-hitting in the low middle-order. Due to family beareavements back home, it was announced that his contract with the county will not be renewed at the end of the 2008 season. In late 2007, he started playing in the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 tournament in India for the Kolkata Tigers team.
Klusener made his Test match debut for South Africa against India in Calcutta during the second Test in 1996/97. Klusener, at the time playing
Lawrence George Rowe (born January 8, 1949) is a former West Indian cricketer.
Lawrence, also known as "Yagga", was an elegant right-handed batsman described by Michael Holding, his team mate, as "the best batsman I ever saw". It was felt that his ability was so extraordinary that Sobers believed he could have been the greatest of all West Indian batsmen. At one game Rowe hit a ball so cleanly that it followed a level trajectory like a guided missile over the boundary for six. Gideon Haigh describes the incident:
Early in his innings against England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, in March 1974, he received a bouncer from Bob Willis. He smashed it flat into the stand at square leg; it travelled most of the way at head height.
He made his debut for Jamaica in 1968–69. He then made history on his Test match debut v New Zealand at Kingston 1972 scoring 214 and 100 not out, the first time that a cricketer had scored a double and single century on Test debut. It also gave him a batting average of 314 after his first Test match.
Rowe was a heavy scorer at his home ground, Sabina Park. In 1974 v England he scored 302 there in 10 hours.
On his arrival in Australia for the
Mark Verdon Boucher (born 3 December 1976) is a retired South African cricketer, who holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper. He was educated at Selborne College and has represented Border, Africa XI, ICC World XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League, and South Africa. He had been a regular feature of the South African side since the 1997/1998 tour to Australia, until his retirement from international cricket in July 2012 after a serious eye injury against Somerset.
From the time he replaced Dave Richardson until his retirement, Boucher was South Africa's first-choice wicketkeeper, and is widely regarded as one of the, if not the, greatest wicketkeepers South Africa has ever had. He holds the record for the most dismissals in Test cricket. He got the record originally when he overtook the former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy in the first test of the Bank Alfalah Test Series versus Pakistan in Karachi on 3 October 2007 when he stumped Umar Gul off the bowling of Paul Harris. He then lost the record to Adam Gilchrist before regaining it when he caught Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh in February 2008. Boucher is
Mark Edward Waugh AM (born 2 June 1965) is a former Australian cricketer, who represented Australia in Test matches from early 1991 to late 2002, and made his One-Day International debut in 1988. Waugh is regarded as one of the most elegant and gifted stroke makers to ever play the game. His nickname is "Junior" as he is younger than his twin brother Steve by a few minutes. Dean Waugh, another of Mark's brothers, is also a cricketer, having played first-class and list A cricket in Australia.
Waugh was primarily a right-handed batsman, batting in the No.4 position in Test matches, and was also a handy medium pace bowler, who changed to an off-spin bowler after back injuries restricted him. He is regarded as one of the best slip fielders ever to play cricket, and held the world record for most Test catches by a non-wicketkeeper until Rahul Dravid broke it in 2009.
He began as an all-rounder in the Australian ODI team, but he later focussed on batting and progressed to opening the batting, where he excelled and became Australia's leading one day runscorer. His three centuries at the 1996 Cricket World Cup made him the only batsman to ever achieve this feat, and a fourth century in the
Marvan Samson Atapattu (born 22 November 1970 in Kalutara) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former Sri Lankan captain. Towards the end of his career he joined the Indian Cricket League and captained the Delhi Giants. He is the current coach of Singapore national cricket team.
Marvan Atapattu is one of the most technically correct batsmen that Sri Lanka has ever produced. He started his cricket career as a teenager at Mahinda College, Galle, where Major G. W. S. de Silva was his first cricket coach. Then he crossed over to Ananda College, Colombo, where he was subsequently coached by P. W. Perera. Making his Test debut in November 1990 just after his 20th birthday, his first six innings yielded five ducks and a 1, but supporters insist that his debut-innings duck puts him in good company with batsmen such as Michael Atherton, Graham Gooch, Len Hutton, Saeed Anwar and Wasim Akram, who all made debut-innings ducks and went on to score at least 2500 Test runs. After this difficult start in his first three matches, he didn't score above 29 in his next 11 innings, before hitting his first Test century in his 10th match, against India, seven years after his debut. He has 22 Test-match
Matthew Lawrence Hayden AM (born 29 October 1971) is a former Australian cricketer, and was signed to the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL until the 2010 season. Hayden is a powerful and aggressive left-handed opening batsman, known for his ability to score quickly at both Test and one day levels.
Hayden holds the record for the highest score made by an Australian batsman in Tests (380). He formed one of the most prolific opening partnerships in world Test cricket for Australia with Justin Langer, and in ODI cricket with Adam Gilchrist. Upon his retirement, in January 2009, Hayden's Test average was 50.7; he had scored the second most runs in Test Cricket by an opening batsman; and was equal 6th (with Jacques Kallis) on the all-time list for Test centuries.
Hayden retired from all forms of cricket in September 2012, opting not to play in the Big Bash League (BBL) for the 2012-2013 season.
Hayden made his debut for the Australian team in the 4–8 March 1994 Test Match against South Africa in Johannesburg, scoring 15 and 5. His next Test selection was in the 1996–97 season, with three tests each against the West Indies and South Africa. He made his maiden century (125 against the West
Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri (Hindi: रवि शास्त्री, born 27 May 1962) is a former Indian cricketer and captain. He was an all–rounder who batted right-handed and bowled left arm spin. His international career started when he was 18 years old and lasted for 12 years. He started his career purely as a bowler but gradually became more of a batsman who could bowl. Shastri's family originally came from Mangalore in Karnataka but he was born and brought up in Bombay.
As a batsman, he was essentially defensive with "chapati shot" (a flick off the pads) being his trademark shot, but could raise his strike rate when required. Due to his above-average height (he stood 6' 3" tall) and an upright stance, he had a limited number of shots against fast bowling, but was able to put the lofted shot to good use against spin bowling. Shastri played either as an opening batsman or in the middle order.
The highlight of his career was when he was elected the Champion of Champions in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985. In the same season, he equalled West Indian Garry Sobers's record of hitting six sixes in an over in first class cricket. He was regarded as a potential captain, but
Robin John Peterson (born 4 August 1979) is a South African cricketer who bowls left arm spin and is a capable batsman. He has played six Tests and over 50 ODIs for South Africa.
He holds the dubious accolade of being the bowler from whom Brian Lara scored a world record tally of 28 runs in a single Test match over.
In December 2009, it was revealed that he had signed a contract to play for Derbyshire on a Kolpak contract.
He attended Alexander Road High school in Port Elizabeth and matriculated in 1997.
He was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the 2012 Indian Premier League players auction for $100,000.
Robin Peterson's 4 for 12 versus Bangladesh is his best bowling performance in ODIs surpassing his 3 for 22 against England in Chennai.
as of 18 July 2010
Shakib Al Hasan (Bengali: সাকিব আল হাসান) (born 24 March 1987) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. He is an all-rounder, batting left-handed in the middle order and bowling slow left-arm orthodox. He represented Bangladesh at under-19 level, 18 Youth One Day Internationals between 2005 and 2006. Shakib made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe in August 2006, and his Test debut the following May against India. During a match against New Zealand in 2008, Shakib took the best bowling figures by a Bangladesh player in Tests, 7 wickets for 37 runs. Until then, Shakib had been considered more of a batsman than a bowler, although still an all-rounder. From January 2009 to April 2011 and again in March 2012, Shakib was ranked first amongst ODI all-rounders by the ICC. In December 2011, he became the world's top-ranked Test all-rounder and still maintains his rank as on 12 June 2012. Shakib was appointed Bangladesh's vice-captain in June 2009 when Mashrafe Mortaza replaced Mohammad Ashraful as captain. During Bangladesh's tour of the West Indies the following month, Mortaza injured himself and Shakib took over the captaincy. He was 22 years old at the time.
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly ( pronunciation (help·info); born 8 July 1972) is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team. Born into an affluent Brahmin family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is regarded as one of India's most successful captains in modern times. He started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, he is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. Wisden ranked him the sixth greatest one day international batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.
After a series of playing in different Indian domestic tournaments such as the Ranji and Duleep trophies, Ganguly got his big-break while playing for India on their tour of England. He scored 131 runs and cemented his place in the Indian team. Ganguly's place in the team was assured after successful performances in series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia, winning the Man of the Match awards. In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he was involved in