Geoff Miller

Geoff Miller spent 20 years on the professional cricket circuit representing Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England. He travelled to all the major Test-playing countries and played with or against some of the greatest players in the game. To which he freely admits: "I wasn’t one of them!" In his own words: "I was a comparatively...

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Alec Stewart

Alec Stewart is the most capped English cricketer of all time and one of the greatest ever wicketkeeping-batsmen. In 133 Tests, he scored 8463 runs at an average 39.54 and added another 4677 runs in 170 One Day Internationals. Born in Merton Park, he followed his father, Micky Stewart, into the Surrey and England teams....

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Allan Lamb

Allan Lamb was born on 20th June 1954, in Cape Province, South Africa. He first played first-class cricket for Western Province, before being signed as an overseas player by Northamptonshire. There he made his fame, and was persuaded by Ken Turner, their secretary, that with South Africa banned from test match cricket because of the...

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Angus Fraser

Angus Fraser was a naggingly accurate right-arm fast-medium bowler for Middlesex and England who claimed 177 wickets in 45 Tests. In 42 One Day Internationals he took 47 wickets, and was an often belligerent tail-end batsman who had a career haul of 2934 runs. Though born in Lancashire, Angus spent his entire career with Middlesex....

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Chris Cowdrey

Chris Cowdrey and his legendary father Lord (Colin) Cowdrey were only the second father and son to captain England. Chris followed his father into the Kent and England teams, and was Kent skipper for four seasons from 1986. Farnborough-born Chris scored 101 runs in his six Tests and has a career haul of 12252 runs...

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Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Known as ‘the voice of cricket’, Christopher Martin –Jenkins chief correspondent of The Times is one of the game's foremost commentators Christopher’s sports career began as Captain of cricket at Marlborough followed by Captain of Cambridge University Crusaders for two years. He captained Fitzwilliam College Cricket Club (Winners of "Cuppers"); achieved two Rugby Fives half-blues;...

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David Gower

David Gower was coolness personified as an elegant left-handed batsman and he has taken this laidback style with him into his new life as a TV commentator. Kent-born David amassed 8,231 runs in 117 Tests at an average 44.25, and added another 3,170 in 114 One Day Internationals. He spent most of his career with...

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Dermot Reeve

Dermot Reeve captained Warwickshire to six trophies in three years, including three in 1995 after which he was awarded an OBE for his services to cricket. Born in Hong Kong, he played 25 One Day Internationals – appearing in two World Cups – and he won three Test caps as a competitive all-rounder. His globetrotting...

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Dickie Bird

Harold 'Dickie' Bird MBE is one of cricket's best loved characters and will forever be remembered as one of the games most charismatic umpires. Born in Barnsley in 1933, Dickie was a promising footballer until injury cut short his fledgling career so the youngster began to play club cricket alongside team-mates that included Geoffrey Boycott...

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Geoff Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott was born in the Yorkshire mining village of Fitzwilliam in 1940. An outstanding school boy cricketer, he graduated quickly through club cricket for Ackworth, Barnsley and Leeds, to join the Yorkshire team at the age of twenty-one. He began an illustrious Test career only two years later in the first Test of the...

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Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch was the most prolific run scorer top-class cricket has ever seen. After he retired in 1997, the statistician Robert Brooke calculated that he had scored 21,087 in one-day cricket at first-class level, which added to his 44,841 first-class runs, put him ahead of Jack Hobbs. It was an amazing achievement. Graham Gooch was...

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Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick is an aggressive left-handed opening batsman who continues to plunder runs for Somerset. He scored 5825 runs in 76 Tests for England before a stress-related illness forced his retirement from the international arena. In his riveting autobiography, Coming Back to Me, he openly discusses the mental strain he has been under, and gathered...

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Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan is as classy an act as a speaker as he was as an elegant England opener and outstanding Test captain. His golden year was 2002-03 when he established himself as the world’s number one batsman, accumulating 663 runs in the Ashes series. It got even better in 2005 with a never-to-be-forgotten 2-1 Ashes...

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Phil Tufnell

Affectionately known throughout the world as ‘The Cat’, Phil Tufnell has entertained many television and sporting crowds over the years. During recent times, Phil has been able to combine his cricketing expertise with his ‘mischievous’ and ‘laddish’ reputation as a much-loved television and radio Presenter. Before this we must not forget that Phil was a...

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Richard Hadlee

Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand's greatest cricketer, appeals against England Captain Graham Gooch. Hadlee tormented English batting for well over a decade and here we see him dismissing Gooch LBW for a 'golden duck' at Trent Bridge during the First Test in 1990. As a hard-hitting batsman, Richard Hadlee was more than capable, but as...

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Ronnie Irani

Ronnie Irani was born in Greater Manchester with an Irani-descended dad and Lancashire mum but it is with Essex that he will always be associated. He moved from Lancashire to Essex in 1994 and had a great rapport with the Chelmsford supporters over the following thirteen years. Ronnie captained Essex from 2000 and became a...

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Steve Harmison

Steve Harmison was one of the world’s greatest pace bowlers at his peak, as he proved when taking seven West Indies wickets for twelve runs in 2003-04. He took 23 Test wickets on the tour and was voted Man of the Series. Born in the Charlton brothers territory of Ashington, he has been a leading...

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Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham was one of the greatest all-rounders ever to step foot on a cricket pitch, and he later turned his enormous energy and stamina to marathon charity walks, raising millions of pounds and earning a knighthood from the Queen. He scored 14 centuries and took 383 wickets in an England Test career in...

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Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff

Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was forced into premature retirement from cricket in 2010 by a succession of crippling injuries, but not before he had established himself as one of the great heroes of the modern game. An all-rounder in the Ian Boitham mould, he scored 3845 runs in 79 Tests and took 218 wickets. Freddie is...

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Alec Stewart

Alec Stewart is England’s most-capped Test cricketer and second only to Paul Collingwood in the number of ODI caps. He made 133 Test match appearances and 170 ODI appearances in his 14-year international career. Alec Stewart succeeded Mike Atherton as England captain in 1998, promptly leading England to a momentous win against South Africa, their...

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Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss stepped down as England Cricket Captain in August 2012 having played 100 Tests matches for England. He captained the side on 50 occasions and retires from the game as one of England’s most successful captains of all time. Andrew captained England to their first Ashes series win in Australia for 24 years, becoming...

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