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Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Michael John Lumb


Born February 12, 1980, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa


Major teams Deccan Chargers, England Lions, Hampshire, Queensland, Rajasthan Royals, Yorkshire


Nickname Joe


Playing role Top-order batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Height 6 ft 0 in


Education St Stithians College


Relation Father - RG Lumb

Michael John Lumb

The son of prolific Yorkshire opener Richard Lumb, Michael was born in South Africa and made his way through the junior teams in Transvaal before returning to his roots to play for Yorkshire. A hard-hitting batsman, he made his county debut in 2000, scoring 66 not out against the touring Zimbabweans. A knee injury in 2001 meant that he played only a small part in Yorkshire's success in winning the county championship that year, although he did record a maiden first-class hundred against Leicestershire. In doing so he became part of only the fourth father and son pair to score centuries for Yorkshire.


He made progress in 2002 by becoming a regular member of both the championship and limited-overs sides and in 2003 scored close to a thousand first-class runs at an average of over 40, including two centuries and six fifties. He was selected for the ECB National Academy squad the following winter, but has failed to kick on as people expected and was dropped by Yorkshire during the 2005 season. He has averaged in the middle-thirties for the past two seasons, with a top score of 144 in 2006 but, at the end of the season, decided against renewing his contract and moved to Hampshire for 2007.


The move galvanised his career, and his prolific Twenty20 form in 2009, where he made 442 runs from 11 games including a blistering unbeaten 124 from 69 balls against Essex, brought about a surprising IPL deal - snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals for $50,000. It proved to be the launch-pad to higher achievements.


On the back of an unbeaten 58 to guide England Lions to victory against the senior team in a warm-up match in Dubai, he was called in as the latest incarnation of England's Twenty20 specialist opener for the World Twenty20 in Caribbean in May 2010. His selection was a revelation as, despite a top score of 33, he routinely muscled brisk starts which set the tone that carried England to their first ever triumph in a global limited-overs event.


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:52 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Graham Onions


Born September 9, 1982, Gateshead


Major teams England, Durham, Durham Cricket Board, Marylebone Cricket Club


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast


Height 6 ft 2 in


Education St Thomas More RC School, Blaydon

Graham Onions

A brisk and tenacious seam bowler, with a name to delight headline writers, Graham Onions has become an integral cog in the England team. Another paceman off the Durham production line, his accurate bowling has almost taken a back foot to his steely last-wicket defiance in his short England career so far.


He first caught the eye during the 2006 season and did enough to earn a place in England's provisional 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy, but it wasn't until 2009 that he secured his Test debut. He was called up to replace Darren Gough in England's one-day squad against Pakistan in September 2006 and that winter toured Bangladesh with England A. The 2007 season was more of a struggle as Ottis Gibson's outstanding form often forced him out of the side, but he still spent the following winter with the England Lions where his game continued to develop.


As Durham claimed their maiden Championship title in 2008, Onions spent most of the season laid up with a string of injuries, and when he was fit couldn't force his way back into a strong line-up. No honours followed that winter, but hard work on his fitness paid off at the start of the following season when strong form was rewarded with a call-up to the squad to face West Indies. Then, as if making up for lost time, he hurtled onto the honours board with debut figures of 5 for 38, including a sensational spell of four wickets in seven balls. He subsequently played an important role in England's successful Ashes campaign, including a memorable double strike from the first two deliveries of day two of the third Test at Edgbaston.


His stature grew during England's tour to South Africa after the Ashes, where it was not just his wicket-to-wicket seam bowling that made an impact. He could almost lay claim to the man-of-the-series award as he twice held firm at the end to salvage a draw for his side from the brink of defeat. In the first Test at Centurion, England were nine down when Onions came out to join Durham team-mate Paul Collingwood at the crease with 19 balls remaining. He repelled 12 deliveries to ensure England remained level and then, in the third Test at Cape Town did it all again. England had once again collapsed and it was left to Onions to withstand 11 deliveries, including a hostile final over from Morne Morkel, to defy South Africa once more.


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Timothy Raymond Ambrose


Born December 1, 1982, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


Major teams England, Sussex, Warwickshire


Nickname Freak


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Height 5 ft 7 in


Education Merewether Selective High, NSW

Timothy Raymond Ambrose

Born in New South Wales, Ambrose started out at Sussex and made a positive impression - especially with his hard-hitting batting. However, with Matt Prior on the books he realised regular first-team cricket, and importantly keeping opportunities, would be limited and he moved to Warwickshire at the start of the 2006 season. He had a stop-start beginning to life at Edgbaston as injury restricted his early-season chances in 2006, but in the second half of the summer he gave plenty of examples of his batting ability and he blossomed in fine style during 2007. He was so prolific there was talk of him being an outside bet for the Test and one-day sides - but his former team-mate, Prior, got the nod. However, Prior's disappointing tour of Sri Lanka led to his axing in early 2008 and Ambrose was called up as his replacement for England's series against New Zealand. He started promisingly, too; his counterattacking 102 in the second Test in Wellington turned England's fortunes around and helped swing the series their way. Off the pitch, he is a useful guitarist and nicknamed 'freak' due to everything apparently coming naturally to him.


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Owais Alam Shah


Born October 22, 1978, Karachi, Sind, Pakistan


Major teams England, Cape Cobras, Delhi Daredevils, England Lions, Essex, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, Middlesex, Wellington


Nickname Ace


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Height 6 ft 1 in


Education Isleworth & Syon School

Owais Alam Shah

After a see-saw career threatened to usher in early oblivion, Owais Shah finally got a chance at redemption in March 2006, making his Test debut against India in the final match at Mumbai. Following Michael Vaughan's return home due to injury early in the tour, Shah was drafted in as a replacement and made a composed and vital 88 in a memorable victory. A stylish and classical batsman who seemed to have the world at his feet as a teenager, he was compared in ability to the young Mark Ramprakash. Shah made his first-class debut in 1996, and at the end of the promising summer, Wisden praised his "abundant promise". His county cap followed, but back-to-back seasons with averages in the mid 20s ended with him being dropped by Middlesex in 2000.


He bounced back in 2001 in fine form, and was drafted into England's one-day side in the NatWest Series where he looked at ease, especially when making 62 against Pakistan at Lord's. Even though he toured as part of England's one-day squad to Zimbabwe and New Zealand that winter, his chances were limited. He was overlooked in 2002, but again played a few one-dayers the following winter in the ICC Knock-out Trophy and in the VB Series, but he found it almost impossible to forge a place in the side. Another solid season followed, but others edged ahead of him in the pecking order, and there was talk that his fielding was not helping his cause. His international ambitions suffered a further blow when he was relieved of the vice-captaincy at Middlesex in June 2004 after a string of bad results. However, a feast of runs in 2005 (1728 runs at a healthy average of 66.46) led to his inclusion in the England A tour of the Caribbean in 2006, and ultimately his Test debut. Further opportunities were thin on the ground, however. He had to wait 18 months for his second Test - another one-off appearance, this time at Lord's against West Indies where he failed twice - but a series of eyecatching performances followed in the one-day series, as England rebuilt after another disappointing World Cup campaign. Despite the continued failings of England's top 6, he was but a spectator and drinks carrier for the Test tours of Sri Lanka and New Zealand.


Good county form and half-centuries in the home ODIs against New Zealand ensured he travelled to India at the end of 2008, and he finally got his opportunity in the Caribbean the following spring, following the selectors' temporary loss of patience with Ian Bell. An anxious Shah failed to cement his position, however, with his uncertain running-between-the-wickets proving his downfall, and he was overlooked for the subsequent home summer as Ravi Bopara leapt into the No. 3 position.


Though he remained a key figure in the one-day set-up, he was surprisingly axed for the tour of South Africa in 2009-10, despite a memorable 98 from 89 balls in the Champions Trophy that preceded it. As England settled on a formula that delivered both Twenty20 and one-day success it appeared as though Shah's international career was over and he was dealt a further blow when he was unceremoniously released by Middlesex at the end of the 2010 season and signed for Essex, although his debut was delayed by the IPL.


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Ryan Jay Sidebottom


Born January 15, 1978, Huddersfield, Yorkshire


Major teams England, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium


Height 6 ft 4 in


Education King James Grammar School, Almondbury


Relation Father - A Sidebottom

Ryan Jay Sidebottom

With his long, curly, ginger hair, standing 6' 4" and weighing 13 stone, Ryan Sidebottom is one of the most recognisable figures on the county circuit and now, after a belated second chance at international cricket, is making up for lost time at the top level.


Like his father - Arnie - who was an accomplished footballer and one-time Test player - he made his county debut for Yorkshire as a left-arm seamer in 1997, having previously impressed the scouts of Sheffield United Football Club. For much of his career it appeared Sidebottom jnr would remain a one-cap Test wonder like his father. He'd been handed his debut in 2001 against Pakistan, but after a wicketless performance was banished back to county cricket. Although he bowled tidily throughout, he failed to take a wicket and was generally considered to be out of his depth and he was quickly discarded, and seemingly forgotten after two poor ODIs against Zimbabwe that October.


He left Yorkshire in 2004 and headed to nearby Nottinghamshire, where he impressed in his first two seasons. The first year there he helped them to a double promotion, and the second year he took 50 first-class wickets to become the Player of the Year and help them to the Championship title for the first time in 18 years.


Still, with Duncan Fletcher obsessed by finding raw pace bowlers Sidebottom was continually overlooked despite having one of the best records in the country. However, six years after his debut - under the new Peter Moores regime - he was surprisingly recalled after a spate of injuries to England's attack. He responded with eight wickets against West Indies at Headingley and developed into a key member of the line-up. He helped England to a 3-0 win over West Indies before bowling without luck against India. Equally impressive with the white ball he was Man of the Series as England won the one-day tournament in Sri Lanka, but it was during the New Zealand leg of England's winter that he really shone, decimating the hosts with 24 wickets at 17.08, including 7 for 47 in the final Test in Napier.


Further success followed in the home series against New Zealand, during which he was unveiled as England's Player of the Year, but the pressures of carrying England's attack took their toll, and he struggled for fitness thereafter, culminating in an Achilles injury that limited him to a single wicket in an arduous tour of the Caribbean in February 2009. While injuries dented his opportunities in Test cricket thereafter he became an important member of the one-day side. In the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean his selection ahead of James Anderson raised a few eyebrows, but he proved the doubters wrong as his fiery and disciplined opening bowling was a crucial part of England's triumph.


His international career, though, ended with his retirement late in 2010 and he would play out time on the domestic scene. And after helping Nottinghamshire to a last-gasp Championship title that summer the final stage of his career will be back at Yorkshire after he returned to his roots.




Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:43 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mudhsuden Singh Panesar


Born April 25, 1982, Luton, Bedfordshire


Major teams England, British Universities, England Lions, England Under-19s, Lions, Loughborough MCCU, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, Sussex


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox


Height 6 ft 1 in


Education Bedford Modern School, Stopsley High School, Luton, Bedfordshire; Loughborough University

Mudhsuden Singh Panesar

Mudhsuden Singh Panesar, known in the game as Monty, quickly established himself as a national hero following a series-winning display against Pakistan in 2006. With his black patka, softly spoken Bedfordshire burr and eager (if sometimes comical) fielding, he rapidly rose to become the fan's favourite. And with his plate-sized hands, he turned himself into England's most prized spinner in over a decade.


He took the well-trodden path from Bedfordshire, where he was born, to Northamptonshire, progressing through the youth teams until he was chosen to play for England Under-19s, which he did for two seasons. He then made his first-class debut, marking the game against Leicestershire with a return of eight for 131 in the match and four for 11 in the second innings. However, first-team opportunities were limited and after a mere two appearances in 2001 he played only six first-class matches in 2002.


Even so, he took 17 wickets at just over 32 each and did enough to earn himself a place in the National Academy squad in Australia during the winter. A fine season in 2005, when he took 46 Championship wickets at 21.54, was followed by a stint at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide, and led to calls from his coach at Northamptonshire, Kepler Wessels, for him to be picked for England's tour of India in February. Wessels got his wish and Panesar was handed his debut at Nagpur, picking up Sachin Tendulkar as his first Test wicket, followed by Mohammad Kaif and Rahul Dravid.


His naturally attacking instincts - more often than not bowling around the wicket to right-handers - contrasted with his cherubic and unconfined celebrations at the fall of each and every wicket. Like a lamb let loose from the paddock, the effervescence he showed confirmed his insatiable hunger and love of the game. But it was during his first international home season that his special ability was confirmed, spinning England to a series win over Pakistan. At Old Trafford he made the most of a helpful surface with eight wickets then, at Headingley, he was England's best bowler on a run-filled strip. The loop, guile and changes of pace outfoxed Pakistan's rubber-wristed top-order, including Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan.


In a matter of months he had elevated himself to the position of England's senior spinner, pushing aside Ashley Giles and drawing comparisons with Bishen Bedi, India's legendary left-arm tweaker. Yet Duncan Fletcher - ever the loyalist; rarely the risk-taker - preferred a rusty Giles for the first two Tests of the 2006-07 Ashes. Monty took his chance in the third at Perth, becoming the first English spinner to take five at the WACA (and eight in the match). As England crashed to a humiliating 5-0 defeat, Panesar was one of the precious few to return home with their reputation intact, and by the end of the tour he had even broken into the World Cup squad, following his crucial role in England's CB Series victory.


His performances in the Caribbean were merely steady, but he launched England's new era under Peter Moores with 23 wickets in four Tests against West Indies, and climbed in the process to No. 6 in the world rankings. But he then struggled in the following home series against India, and away in Sri Lanka, where he lost both his confidence and flight. Both attributes came back on the green-and-seaming conditions of New Zealand in 2008, however, bowling England to a 2-1 series win with 6 for 126 in Napier.


Thereafter, however, the successes were more fitful. Another remarkable performance against New Zealand delivered an improbable victory at Old Trafford in June 2008, but with Graeme Swann starting to make a bid for a Test call-up, Panesar's steadiness instead tended towards predictability. He was comprehensively outperformed by Swann during his return to India in December 2008, and again in the Caribbean, where his only appearances were as a second spinner.


That trend continued in the first Test of the 2009 Ashes, where he and Swann both underperformed with the ball, claiming one wicket between them. However, by batting through to the close in a remarkable tenth-wicket stand with James Anderson, Panesar reaffirmed his cult status, even though he did not feature again in a summer that finished with him losing his central contract, and even his place on the winter tour to South Africa. Sensing a need to reinvent himself, Panesar left Northants after a ten-year association, and headed south to Sussex.


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:41 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Andrew Flintoff


Born December 6, 1977, Preston, Lancashire


Major teams England, Chennai Super Kings, ICC World XI, Lancashire


Nickname Freddie


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast


Height 6 ft 4 in


Education Ribbleton Hall High school

Andrew Flintoff

Future generations might look at Andrew Flintoff's career figures and wonder what all the fuss was about. In Tests he averaged 31 with bat, and 32 with ball. For all the talk of fearsome fast bowling, only three five-fors featured among his 228 wickets. His one-day figures were good without being outstanding, and his Lancashire ones nothing special. But what the stats don't show is his presence, and the uplifting effect that Flintoff at his finest had on his team-mates, and crowds.

"Freddie" was selected for England in 1998 as much on promise as performance, and underperformed at first, not helped by problems with weight and attitude. He was always a big man - 6ft 4ins and anywhere from 15-17 stone, depending on the recent calorie count - and the strain of juggernauting in and bowling at 90mph was inevitably a strain: his knees and ankles took multiple poundings from pitches and surgeons' scalpels.


He was always a correct, powerful batsman, sometimes hesitant against quality spin. His bowling was always whole-hearted and occasionally magnificent, when he was probing away outside off with a hint of reverse swing at high pace. But it wasn't until the New Zealand tour early in 2002 that Flintoff finally scored a Test century or took more than four wickets in a match. He looked established at last - but then another injury kept him out of the 2002-03 Ashes, although he was fit enough for the World Cup that followed in South Africa, where he was the most economical bowler on view.


That kicked off Flintoff's golden period - three home seasons when he was at his princely peak. First there was 2003, when a six off Makhaya Ntini was still rising as it thudded into the Bedser Stand at The Oval. In 2004 he finally slipped the handbrake and bowled at his fastest - and also smacked a rollicking Test-best 167 against West Indies at Edgbaston, when one of his seven sixes was memorably dropped by his father in the stands. And then there was the crowning glory of 2005, when he bestrode the Ashes series and was undoubtedly the leading cricketer in the world, a fact acknowledged by Wisden. After that the body started rebelling, then he was horribly miscast as captain in Australia in 2006-07, sometimes looking forlorn as his team sunk to a 5-0 whitewash.


He coaxed one last big effort out of those creaking joints in 2009, demolishing the Aussies at Lord's before, uncharacteristically grazing in the outfield rather than catching tracer bullets in the slips, he virtually ensured the return of the urn with the pinpoint run-out of Ricky Ponting at The Oval. And that, sadly, was just about that: the Oval Test was Flintoff's last serious outing on the cricket field. Bullish statements about a comeback to limited-overs cricket were a regular feature of the next 12 months before finally, in September 2010, came the doleful but increasingly inevitable announcement that the body couldn't take it. One of cricket's nearly-greats had gone.


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Stephen James Harmison


Born October 23, 1978, Ashington, Northumberland


Major teams England, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, ICC World XI, Lions


Nickname Harmy


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium


Height 6 ft 4 in


Education Ashington High School


Relation Brother - J Harmison, Brother - BW Harmison

Stephen James Harmison

With his lofty, loose-limbed gait and his painful capacity for jamming fingers against bat-handles, Steve Harmison had for some time been drawing tongue-in-cheek comparisons to the great Curtly Ambrose, when suddenly, in Jamaica in March 2004, he loped in to produce a spell of irresistible fast bowling that Ambrose himself could hardly have bettered. West Indies were blown away for 47, and Harmison's figures of 7 for 12 were the best in Tests at Sabina Park. It was a stunning riposte from a man who, only months earlier, had flown home injured from England's tour of Bangladesh with whispers about his diffidence chasing him all the way. However, as much as Jamaica 2004 set the benchmark, Brisbane 2006 proved a low point as his opening delivery of the Ashes series went straight to Andrew Flintoff at second slip and his desire was once again questioned.


Harmison, who was born in Ashington - the Northumberland village where the footballing Charlton brothers first saw the light of day - was barely 20 when he went with England A to South Africa in 1998-99, but after that he was held back by a series of niggling injuries - including somehow dislocating his shoulder when he caught his hand in his trouser pocket while bowling - and a tendency to fall homesick when confined to barracks on overseas tours. He eventually broke into the Test team in mid-2002, after an injury to another tearaway, Simon Jones, but for a long time he was no better than promising, with a tendency to mix magical spells with moments when the radar would go badly awry. But, in the Caribbean, the spiritual home of the fast bowler, he seemed to have finally come of age.


This was borne out in the 2004 Test series against West Indies and New Zealand, where he plundered wickets aplenty as England completed a 7-0 clean sweep of victories. But in South Africa the following winter, the doubts crept back in and he after ending a miserable Test series with a niggling calf strain, he admitted to the press that he had been hoping to fail his fitness test in order to be allowed home early. Against Bangladesh the following summer, he took a cathartic five-wicket haul in front of his home crowd in Durham, before tearing into Australia's top-order with five wickets on the first morning of the Ashes series at Lord's.


He couldn't secure victory on that occasion, but popped up with the most vital strike of his life one Test later, to seal a thrilling two-run win at Edgbaston and set England on their way to an historic Ashes triumph. Persistent shin problems hampered his form for the rest of the year, but against Pakistan at Old Trafford in July 2006, he was back to his rampant best, taking 11 wickets in a thumping innings win. That didn't last as his one-day nightmares continued at the Champions Trophy and he entered the first Test at Brisbane woefully short of match fitness. The result was that wide which, as much as his striking of Justin Langer at Lord's in 2005, set the tone for the series. Harmison was anonymous for the first two Tests before finally showing some form in the final three matches - but by then it was too late. After the Perth defeat handed the Ashes back to Australia, Harmison announced his retirement from ODIs, a decision he'd made after the Champions Trophy. It continued to leave more questions than answers. A reputation, and a career, hung in the balance and although he began 2007 in fine style for Durham, his winter nightmares continued to hamper him in the opening Tests against West Indies. A back injury ended his summer prematurely and, in October, was asked by the England management to prove his fitness and form by playing in South African domestic cricket. He came through the subsequent tour of Sri Lanka with credit, despite missing the first Test with back problems, but he was dropped one Test later in New Zealand, after an abject display in a humiliating England defeat at Hamilton.


After being sent back to Durham, he found fiery form for his county and earned a recall for the fourth Test against South Africa. Following a successful return to international colours at The Oval, he was subsequently persuaded by new captain Kevin Pietersen to come out of one-day retirement to face South Africa, and he even went to Antigua to take part in the Stanford Super Series. But before the winter was out the doubts about his commitment had resurfaced once again. He played a peripheral role as England reclaimed the Ashes in the summer of 2009 - returning only for the final two Tests - and when he was subsequently dropped from the ECB's list of central contracts and ditched for the tour of South Africa, most observers assumed that this time, it really was the end..


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:37 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Michael Paul Vaughan


Born October 29, 1974, Manchester


Major teams England, Marylebone Cricket Club, Yorkshire


Nickname Frankie, Virgil


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Height 6 ft 2 in


Education Silverdale Comprehensive, Sheffield

Michael Paul Vaughan

On September 12, 2005, Michael Vaughan secured his place in English sporting history by becoming the first captain to win an Ashes series since Mike Gatting in 1986-87. It was the culmination of a five-year journey for Vaughan, whose captaincy - calm, obdurate and ruthlessly effective - had become as classy and composed as the batting technique that, briefly, carried him to the top of the world rankings. With a priceless ability to treat triumph and disaster just the same, Vaughan faced up to his first ball in Test cricket with England four wickets down for two runs on a damp flyer at Johannesburg in 1999-2000, and drew immediate comparisons with Michael Atherton for his inhumanly calm aura at the crease. But, despite the obvious similarities between the two - from their Mancunian heritage to their indifference to sledging - Vaughan soon demonstrated he was more than just a like-for-like replacement. Once he had made the place his own, Vaughan blossomed magnificently, playing with a freedom of expression that Atherton had never dared to approach. He sparkled his way to 900 runs in seven Tests against Sri Lanka and India in 2002, the prelude to a formidable series in Australia in which he became the first visiting batsman for 32 years to top 600 runs. Despite the fact that his one-day record at the time scarcely matched up to his impressive Test figures, he was appointed captain of England's one-day side in time for the 2003 home season, and inherited the Test captaincy two weeks later when Nasser Hussain abdicated out of the blue. Hussain, astutely, had spotted Vaughan's burgeoning man-management abilities, and despite a torrid baptism, including a record-breaking defeat at Lord's, Vaughan guided his team to a 2-2 draw. After a stutter in Sri Lanka, he confirmed the arrival of a new era by routing West Indies on their home soil, the first time in three decades an England team had achieved such a feat. Returning home, he won seven out of seven Tests by whitewashing first New Zealand (3-0) then West Indies (4-0), went on to record a memorable 2-1 series win in South Africa, and then achieved Nirvana with a 2-1 triumph in arguably the greatest series of all time. But then came a terrible hiatus. A recurrence of an old knee injury meant that Marcus Trescothick stood in for the first Test of the post-Ashes era, in Pakistan, and the seriousness of the issue really became clear three months later in India, when he was forced home for a series of operations that wrecked his 2006 season and ensured that he would not be fit to lead England's return trip to Australia. Andrew Flintoff took over the captaincy, but the calls for Vaughan's return grew louder as England were bundled ever closer to their eventual 5-0 whitewash. Vaughan was duly recalled, as captain, for the one-day series and retained for the World Cup in spite of a debilitating hamstring strain that reduced him to just three appearances out of ten in a victorious CB Series campaign. He limped his way through the World Cup, in every sense of the word, becoming an increasing liability in the top order. Two months later he quit the limited-overs captaincy, but by then he had re-established himself at the helm of the Test side. He scored a memorable century on home turf at Headingley in his comeback game, before going on to overhaul Peter May's record of 20 wins as England captain, but was never quite the same. Results faded away and, after defeat to South Africa at Edgbaston, he emotionally resigned although vowed to play on. He was rewarded for his services with another ECB central contract that September, but as the 2009 Ashes drew closer it became apparent that his form was not going to return. Without having played another Test match, he took the decision in June 2009 to retire from all cricket with immediate effect.


Posted by anccricket on October 23, 2008 at 5:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott


Born April 22, 1981, Cape Town, Cape Province


Major teams England, Boland, England Lions, Otago, South Africa Under-15s, South Africa Under-19s, Warwickshire, Western Province


Nickname Booger,Trotters


Playing role Top-order batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Height 6 ft 0 in


Education Stellenbosch University


Relation Half-brother - KC Jackson

Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott

A technically correct right-hander with an inscrutable temperament, Trott was born and raised in South Africa to a family steeped in cricketing history: he is related to Albert Trott, the former Australia batsman, though he is unsure exactly how. And he followed in the footsteps of Kevin Pietersen, committing his future to England then becoming an Ashes-winning batsman when he hit a hundred on Test debut at The Oval.


Two years later, and this time in Melbourne, Trott repeated the dose with a brilliant unbeaten 168 that ensured England would retain the urn on Australian soil for the first time in 24 years. In addition to his 135 not out at Brisbane, in which he had contributed to an iconic scoreline of 517 for 1, it was Trott's third hundred in five Ashes Tests, and briefly took his average against Australia to 100.83.


Trott's route to the England team was circuitous. He played in the Under-15 and Under-19 World Cups for South Africa but was a British passport holder and therefore not considered an overseas player, making his first team debut for Warwickshire in 2003.


Prior to that, Trott struck a record score of 245 for Warwickshire's Second XI on debut in 2002, sharing in a third-wicket stand of 397 with Trevor Penney. He scored 134 on his County Championship debut for Warwickshire against Sussex in 2003 and in the same year became the first batsman to carry his bat in the Twenty20 Cup, hitting a 54-ball 65 not out against Gloucestershire. In 2003 he also recorded his maiden first class five-wicket return, taking 7 for 39 against Kent at Canterbury.


Trott enjoyed a prolific 2005 season and was one of only two Warwickshire batsmen to score 1,000 first class runs with a top score of 210 and he topped the club's averages in the domestic one-day competition with an average of over 60 including two hundreds. His fine form continued with New Zealand side Otago over the summer, although he returned home early as a precaution after a scan on his back.


In 2006 he again topped 1000 runs and was rewarded for his consistency with a call-up to England's one-day squad in June 2007, but was already losing his form by then and suffered a poor end to the season. However, after another solid 18 months he earned his first Test call-up for the fifth Test of the Ashes series, and celebrated the occasion with a brilliant debut century.


A difficult tour of South Africa followed, with Trott making a vital 69 in a tense draw in the first Test at Centurion, but failing to pass fifty in five innings thereafter and finishing the tour with scores of 5 and 8 as the hosts squared the series at the Wanderers.


He was an inconsistent member of England's winter tour to Bangladesh, but bounced back with good early-season form for Warwickshire in 2010 and a marathon 226 to set up a win in the first Test of Bangladesh's tour at Lord's in May 2010. Then came the Australia tour, and by the end of that trip, his value to England at No. 3 could not be understated.