Neil Fairbrother is a ex-player for the English cricket team. He served as a captain for Lancashire for the season of 1992-93. He was quite an exclusive and progressive left-handed batsman who after his retirement in 2002 became the Director of Cricket at a sports agency, International Sports Management, representing various premier English Test cricketers.
In 1987, Fairbrother made his debut in one Day International cricket against India which followed with a match-winning century against West Indies in 1991 at Lord’s. From this point onwards, Fairbrother emerged as a regular middle-order batsman of one-day for a number of years. However, Test cricket success was not easy to pin down. Being bowled for a duck in his debut, he appeared only ten times for the English cricket team and made only one half century in 15 innings at an average of 15.64.
Fairbrother played for Lancashire at The Oval in 1990 against Surrey and made a score of 366. He made a superb running score of 311 runs in one day and his accomplishment was quite unique as he made a score of a minimum 100 runs in all three sessions held the same day. Another feat came in 1998 when he emerged as the 1st player in ten of Lord’s one-Day Domestic Cricket Cup finals.
Nasser Hussain, is a renowned English cricketer who savored quite a lot of fame throughout his playing career. He was in fact the first Muslim player the English team had as a captain who was a mixed race.
This strong cricketer began playing for Essex quite late in the 80s during which he showed excellent fielding yet averaging batting. He was seen as a belligerent batter whose highest batting score was 207 as scored in the Ashes in 1997 in the first Test match. When it comes to his playing era, Hussain was recognized as one of the best captains that the English Test cricket team had. His first Test debut took place in 1990 which was a spectacular game for his team as England won by 9 wickets against West Indies, a victory that culminated after a span of 16 years and 20 Test matches. Hussain undertook the responsibility of the English team’s captaincy from 1999-2003 and has the 4th most wins in Test cricket as a captain for the English cricket team.
Hussain played in a total of 88 ODIs at an average of 30.2. He led his team as a captain in 56 One Day Internationals and participated in one World Cup tournaments. After the World Cup of 2003, he resigned from his captaincy. He claims his ODI score of 115 as quite a memorable moment in his ODI career. After retirement, Nasser Hussain joined Sky Sports as a cricket commentator. He also worked as a cricket professional at New Hall School, Chelmsford and also made an appearance in a recent Bollywood movie, Patiala House.
Mike Atherton, a former right-handed batsman and captain of the English cricket team, is a player who needs no introduction as he is quite a renowned cricketer in the history of cricket.
Mike Atherton played in a record of 54 Test matches during which he led his team as a captain. From the very beginning, this strong player exhibited determined and optimum performance. This is evident from the point when he captained the cricket team of Manchester Grammar School for which Atherton secured 170 wickets and made 3,500 runs. His strong-willed demeanor won him his selection for the English team at a very young age. He did face a continuum of highs and low in his career yet Atherton did not lose courage. This can be seen from his tour to West Indies in 1993-94 which was his first tour as a captain that did not go successful. Even though England lost with a 3-1, Atherton was still the best batsman making a score of 510 runs at an average of 56.67.
The finest feat demonstrated by Atherton was his spectacular score of 185 against South African cricket team which he acquired within 643 minutes of the match and resulted in a draw.
He is today a sports broadcaster as well as a journalist for The Sunday Telegraph. He has had quite a popular media presence ever since he retired from cricket. His published works include his autobiography ‘Opening Up’ and Gambling: A story of Triumph and Disaster. At present, he is suffering from a degenerative disease known as ankylosing spondylitis.
Marcus Edward Trescothick, a former English cricketer, was a left-handed opening batsman and played first-class cricket for the Somerset County Cricket Club while his represented the English cricket team in 123 ODIs and 76 Test matches.
It was in 1993 that he made his first-class appearance for Somerset and didn’t consume much time in emerging as a regular player for the English cricket team. Following this, seven years later, Trescothick made his debut in ODI in July, 2000 against Zimbabwe wherein he made a score of 79, one month after which he made his Test debut against the West Indian cricket team during which he performed incredibly and won the award of being the Man of the Match, bagging a score of 87 not out. Owing to his dominating performances and dynamic opening, he holds the prestigious recognition of making a record of fastest half-century in any English 20-20 innings.
From May-June in 2003, Trescothick played against Zimbabew in two Test series and also made a victorious century in the three One Day Internationals played against Pakistan with an average above 100. He continued the same performance in the NatWest Series the same year that he played against South Africa with 144 runs not out. He took this forward to the South African Test matches as well where Trescothick acquired his career best score of 219 at The Oval with an average of 60.87 and completed a triumphant series.
Trescothick was a slip fielder as well and played frequently as a right-handed medium-pace bowler. Even though this strong cricketer’s profile made him a very natural selection for England cricket team from 2000-2006 but a stress-oriented illness deteriorated his stable career and he then had to withdraw from the national team. Even though he started re-establishing his playing career in 2007 with Somerset by scoring double-centuries twice, he had a restless standing that made him retire from international cricket in 2008.
Mike Gatting is known to be a bold and dynamic player of the English cricket team. He played for England between 1977 and 1996, and led the national side as a captain in 23 Test matches during 1986 to 1988. Today, he is working as the ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnership.
Looking back at Gatting’s playing career, he was quite a productive batsman in domestic cricket. However, it took him some while to carve a firm niche in the English cricket team. Nonetheless, in 1986-87, Gatting was given the responsibility to captain the team for the victory of the Ashes series. It was in June 1993 when during England’s first innings, Gatting faced Shane Warne’s first bowling delivery during an Ashes innings as Gatting was dismissed with the accuracy Warne pitched the ball outside the leg stump and spun it past the player’s bat. This delivery by Warne is regarded as the Ball of the Century at times.
During the course of a one day match in 1986, playing against West Indies, Gatting’s nose was crushed due to the ruthless delivery by Malcolm Marshall. On the whole, Gatting was quite a fertile right-arm medium-pace bowler. His finest performance of bowling was when he played against South Africa during an ODI where his feat of 6-26 contributed to his team’s victory.
He was also awarded with an OBE and was amongst the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1984. After announcing his retirement from first-class cricket back in 1998, Gatting has been working as a coach and a commentator ever since.