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Chris Old      

Full name Christopher Middleton Old

Born December 22, 1948, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire

Current age 65 years 254 days

Major teams England, Northern Transvaal, Northumberland, Warwickshire, Yorkshire

Nickname Chilly

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Height 6 ft 3 in

Education Acklam Hall Secondary Grammar School

Christopher Middleton Old
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 46 66 9 845 65 14.82 0 2 103 8 22 0
ODIs 32 25 7 338 51* 18.77 401 84.28 0 1 29 6 8 0
First-class 379 463 91 7756 116 20.84 6 27 214 0
List A 314 230 53 3492 82* 19.72 0 13 72 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 46 81 8858 4020 143 7/50 9/88 28.11 2.72 61.9 7 4 0
ODIs 32 31 1755 999 45 4/8 4/8 22.20 3.41 39.0 2 0 0
First-class 379 57822 25127 1070 7/20 23.48 2.60 54.0 39 2
List A 314 15604 8720 418 5/19 5/19 20.86 3.35 37.3 15 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Kolkata, Dec 30, 1972 - Jan 4, 1973 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 1981 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Leeds, Sep 5, 1973 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v England at Kingstown, Feb 4, 1981 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1966-1986
List A span 1967-1987
Profile

Wisden overview
It is one of the contradictions of postwar English cricket that Chris Old, as fine a natural athlete as one could hope to see, should have been plagued by injury, mainly to his legs and back, through most of his career. The younger brother of Alan, an England rugby union fly-half, "Chilly" Old first appeared for Yorkshire as a 17-year-old 6ft 3ins fast bowler. But in time he developed into a rhythmic and powerful fast-medium seamer, noted for accuracy and potent late outswing, and a dangerous lower-order left-hand hitter. Old was one of England's unsung heroes of the incredible win over Australia at Headingley in 1981, when they became the only team in the 20th century to win a Test after following on. He came in at 252 for 8, when England's lead was only 25, and helped Ian Botham add 67 in under an hour. After retiring Old moved to Cornwall where he ran a fish and chip shop.
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Jul 21, 1981

Chris Old bowls Allan Border, England v Australia, Headingley, July 21, 1981

Chris Old bowls Allan Border

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Jul 18, 1981

Chris Old bowling during the 1981 Headingley Test

Chris Old bowling during the 1981 Headingley Test

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Apr 1, 1981

Chris Old (Yorkshire & England)

Chris Old (Yorkshire & England)

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Notes

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1977

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1979

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Worcs at Derby - Aug 31-Sep 3
Derbyshire 356 & 145/2 Worcs 385
Durham v Notts at Chester-le-Street - Aug 31-Sep 3
Durham 253 & 309 Notts 188 & 197/4
Hampshire v Leics at Southampton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Leics 303 Hampshire 497/8
Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury - Aug 31-Sep 3
Glamorgan 329 & 150/3 Kent 387
Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester - Aug 31-Sep 3
Lancashire 278 & 144/2 Yorkshire 610/6d
Middlesex v Warwickshire at Lord's - Aug 31-Sep 3
Warwickshire 362/8d Middlesex 310/6
Somerset v Northants at Taunton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Somerset 314 & 38/0 Northants 448/9d
Surrey v NZ A at The Oval - Aug 31-Sep 2
Match drawn
4th ODI: England v India at Birmingham - Sep 2
India won by 9 wickets (with 117 balls remaining)
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