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Full name Scott George Borthwick
Born April 19, 1990, Sunderland, Co Durham
Current age 24 years 221 days
Major teams England, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, England Lions, England Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Relation Uncle - D Borthwick
|Only Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 3-5, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Dublin, Aug 25, 2011 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v England at Mumbai, Oct 23, 2011 scorecard|
|Only T20I||England v West Indies at The Oval, Sep 25, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Durham at Southampton, Sep 15-18, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Durham v Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street, Aug 6, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Durham v Warwickshire at Lord's, Sep 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lancashire v Durham at Manchester, Jun 17, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Northamptonshire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 0/53, 20||Durham||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|0/7, 12||Durham||v Warwickshire||Lord's||20 Sep 2014||LA|
|136||Durham||v Northants||Chester-le-Street||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|176, 1/1, 30||Durham||v Middlesex||Lord's||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|1*, 0/19||Durham||v Notts||Chester-le-Street||6 Sep 2014||LA|
|5, 19, 0/23||Durham||v Notts||Chester-le-Street||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|10, 1/45||Durham||v Yorkshire||Leeds||28 Aug 2014||LA|
|14, 2/158, 20, 0/19||Durham||v Lancashire||Manchester||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|0/4, 25||Durham||v Surrey||Chester-le-Street||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/41, 0*||Durham||v Notts||Chester-le-Street||12 Aug 2014||LA|
Scott Borthwick is that rarest of commodities - an English legspinner. There is a romance to the art which is liable to leave England selectors swooning so appropriately enough there was an unreal element to Borthwick's Test debut against Australia in the final Test at Sydney as they lurched towards a 5-0 defeat in the 2013/14 Ashes series.
Borthwick's addition to England's squad came shortly before Christmas when Graeme Swann, troubled by an elbow complaint, abruptly announced his international requirement, looked around at a lack of obvious pretenders to his crown and pronounced that it was time for the likes of Borthwick to take their chance.
Borthwick had shown at Durham that he does not lack bottle, but It was quite an ask for a player who had envisaged a spell in Sydney grade cricket before an England Lions tour of Sri Lanka. He had finished as low as 15th in Durham's Championship averages in 2013, taking only 28 wickets alongside his 1,000 runs, his most impressive strides coming as a batman as Durham shrewdly gave him at opportunity at No. 3.
"I still think I'm a legspinner who bats," he nevertheless asserted. He was preferred to Monty Panesar, used protectively by his captain, Alastair Cook, and four wickets in the match, the best of them to dismiss Chris Rogers on 119, represented an uplifting match return of 4 for 82 in only 13 overs.
What followed was a deep disappointment for lovers of legspin. Borthwick achieved a rare thing for a Durham player where runs are an expensive commodity - more than 1,000 in the Championship in 2014 - but took only 13 wickets at expensive cost. Nevertheless, he resisted suggestions that he should leave the most northerly county to pursue his bowling career in more encouraging circumstances and instead signed a new contract with the county of his birth.
A product of the local league system in Durham, Borthwick was thrown rudely into the limelight when, live on TV, he was carted for five successive sixes by Essex's James Foster to lose a Pro40 game at the back end of the 2009 season. But, surrounded by a battery of paceman at Durham, he enjoyed a good outing with the pink ball against MCC taking eight wickets in the game to set up his 2010 season.
While he was in and out of Durham's first XI, his opportunities that year came mostly in first-class cricket and in 10 Championship games he acquitted himself reasonably well. Looking to further his development, he spent the winter down under in Adelaide, working particularly hard on his fitness and making the most of opportunities to learn from the likes of Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed, who he brushed shoulders with when the Ashes were in town.
The work stood him in good stead for the 2011 season, where he claimed 35 wickets and a call up for England's one-day international with Ireland. He gained further recognition in a T20 against West Indies in August and on tour to India in October 2011. Though sparingly used in the Championship in 2012, he continued to perform effectively in one-day cricket and was named in England's provisional squad for the World Twenty20.
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