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Wayne Larkins      

Full name Wayne Larkins

Born November 22, 1953, Roxton, Bedfordshire

Current age 60 years 313 days

Major teams England, Bedfordshire, Durham, Eastern Province, Huntingdonshire, Minor Counties, Northamptonshire

Nickname Ned

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Height 5 ft 11 in

Education Bushmead, Eaton Socon, Huntingdon

Wayne Larkins
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 13 25 1 493 64 20.54 1366 36.09 0 3 51 1 8 0
ODIs 25 24 0 591 124 24.62 1047 56.44 1 0 8 0
First-class 482 842 54 27142 252 34.44 59 116 306 0
List A 485 467 25 13594 172* 30.75 26 66 160 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 13 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 2 15 22 0 - - - 8.80 - 0 0 0
First-class 482 3517 1915 42 5/59 45.59 3.26 83.7 1 0
List A 485 3202 2435 77 5/32 5/32 31.62 4.56 41.5 2 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 1-6, 1980 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 4-8, 1991 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 20, 1979 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 10, 1991 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1972-1995
List A span 1972-2002
Profile

A sublimely natural talent, with cavalier curls and a bustling moustache, Wayne "Ned" Larkins was an exasperation to spectators, but an inspiration to his team-mates, who could only marvel at the audacity of some of his strokeplay. Larkins was the type of batsman who could happily hoist the second ball of a day's play for six over extra cover, but his attacking instincts were never fully appreciated or properly utilised during his 13-match, 11-year Test career. In hindsight, he was invariably selected when he should have been ignored, and ignored when he should have been selected, although his decision to go on the rebel tour of South Africa in 1982 meant he was unavailable for England for three prime years of his cricketing life. In keeping with his contradictory nature, Larkins proved to be a personal favourite of the austere and autocratic Graham Gooch, despite his reputation as a smoking, drinking chancer. He twice toured under Gooch's leadership, to the Caribbean in 1989-90 and Australia the following winter, but he met with limited success. Nevertheless, at Sabina Park in March 1990, he had the honour of scoring the winning runs as England beat West Indies for the first time in 16 years. In Australia, however, he was best remembered as the worst-possible room-mate for the young and impressionable larrikin-in-the-making, Phil Tufnell.
Andrew Miller

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Mar 1, 1990

Wayne Larkins and Alec Stewart celebrate victory at Kingston, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Jamaica, March 1, 1990

Wayne Larkins and Alec Stewart celebrate victory at Kingston

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Mar 1, 1990

Wayne Larkins celebrates hitting the winning runs, West Indies v England, Kingston, March 1, 1990

Wayne Larkins celebrates hitting the winning runs

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Feb 25, 1990

Wayne Larkins on his way to 46, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Jamaica, February 25, 1990

Wayne Larkins on his way to 46

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