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Full name Mark Harold Alan Footitt
Born November 25, 1985, Nottingham
Current age 28 years 280 days
Major teams Derbyshire, England Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire Cricket Board
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Carlton Le Willows School
|First-class debut||Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan at Nottingham, Jul 8-10, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Derby, Jul 20-22, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Nottingham, Aug 26, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire at Derby, Jul 6, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Nottingham, Jun 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/62, 11*||Derbyshire||v Notts||Nottingham||26 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/39||Derbyshire||v Gloucs||Derby||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|5, 0/24||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Scarborough||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/51||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/66, 3||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Derby||7 Aug 2014||LA|
|4/65||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Worcester||31 Jul 2014||LA|
|5/59||Derbyshire||v Leics||Leicester||27 Jul 2014||LA|
|0/49||Derbyshire||v Hampshire||Derby||26 Jul 2014||LA|
|2/37, 16*, 6/48||Derbyshire||v Glamorgan||Derby||20 Jul 2014||FC|
|2/70, 0*, 2/50||Derbyshire||v Gloucs||Cheltenham||14 Jul 2014||FC|
Mark Footitt was one of the few Derbyshire players to lift their game after they regained a place in Division One in 2013. They were immediately relegated, but he turned in his best season with 42 first-class wickets, including a career-best 6 for 53 against Durham.
Footitt is a left-armer with the ability to bowl seriously quickly, if erratically. Sourav Ganguly was his first wicket in first-class cricket as he took 4 for 45 against Glamorgan on debut for Nottinghamshire in 2005. Injury had forced him to pull out of an England Under-19 tour in 2004-05
He was named in the England Academy squad in 2005-06 and was chosen to play for the MCC against his own county in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season in 2006. He took his maiden five-wicket haul, 5 for 45, against the West Indies in August that year.
With Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad both involved with England, Footitt had more chances to establish his place in the Nottinghamshire side but he failed to reach the heights of the two aforementioned bowlers, partly owing to further injuries, and he was consequently released from his contract at Trent Bridge toward the end of 2009.
He moved to Derbyshire in 2010 but enjoyed only moderate success until late in the 2011 season, when an injury to Mark Turner provided an opening, and he finished the season with 15 wickets in four first-class matches. He kept his place for the first three matches in 2012 but thereafter his appearances were sporadic.
ESPNcricinfo - January 2014
NBC Denis Compton Award 2004
NBC Denis Compton Award 2005
NBC Denis Compton Award 2006
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?