Full name Stephen John Simon Warke
Born July 11, 1959, North Belfast
Current age 55 years 288 days
Major teams Ireland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class span||1981 - 1994|
|List A span||1981 - 1996|
Stephen retired during the 1996 season. He holds, as at the end of that season, a number of Irish Records. He holds the most caps, at 114. He also with 4,275 has scored the most runs and again is the only player with more than 4,000 to his name. A stylish opening bat he creates the impression of solidity and gives confidence to those who follow him. He has captained Ireland in 39 of his matches.
He has a cricketing pedigree, his father Larry having also played, captained and scored a first class century for Ireland. He was chosen to captain Ireland on its first entry to the I.C.C Trophy in Kenya in 1994, only to be unluckily struck down with injury, breaking his elbow in fielding practice just before the first match in the tournament.
Outside cricket he has played Rugby Football with distinction for North of Ireland Rugby Club and is an Insurance Broker.
Stephen's retirement leaves a large gap to be filled in the Irish team.
Dale Steyn on relationships, his beard, how growing up in the bush shaped him, and what attracted him to fast bowling
Do fast bowlers need verbal fisticuffs to generate aggression? Does sending a nightwatchman in always make sense? Is surpassing 100mph even possible?
Attacking play - particularly bowling - has been the team's hallmark down the decades, but not anymore it would seem
The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet
Azhar Ali's early steps in captaincy will be analysed extensively but he needs time to step out of the large shadows of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi
For New Zealand's wild child, there is probably no better place than county cricket right now
His current game is extremely premeditated, so as to delay taking risks, and it robs the innings of all natural flow