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Mike Atherton      

Full name Michael Andrew Atherton

Born March 23, 1968, Failsworth, Manchester, Lancashire

Current age 46 years 33 days

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Lancashire

Nickname Cockroach, FEC, Athers, Dread

Playing role Opening batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Other Commentator, Journalist, Author

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Manchester Grammar School; Downing College, Cambridge

Michael Andrew Atherton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 115 212 7 7728 185* 37.69 20709 37.31 16 46 904 4 83 0
ODIs 54 54 3 1791 127 35.11 3054 58.64 2 12 155 1 15 0
First-class 336 584 47 21929 268* 40.83 54 107 268 0
List A 287 279 23 9343 127 36.49 14 59 111 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 115 14 408 302 2 1/20 1/20 151.00 4.44 204.0 0 0 0
ODIs 54 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 336 8981 4733 108 6/78 43.82 3.16 83.1 3 0
List A 287 812 711 24 4/42 4/42 29.62 5.25 33.8 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Aug 10-14, 1989 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 23-27, 2001 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v India at Leeds, Jul 18, 1990 scorecard
Last ODI England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Aug 20, 1998 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1987-2001
List A span 1987-2001
Profile

Gutsy and stubborn, single-minded and sledger-proof, Mike Atherton was an opener in the classic English tradition, making batting look like trench warfare. Defence was his forte, but when his bad back wasn't playing up, he hooked freely and timed the ball sweetly through point. In opponents' eyes, he was England's most wanted man for the seven years until his retirement at the end of the 2001 Ashes. Thrust into the captaincy at the age of 25, he proved more durable than successful, but after finally resigning in 1998, he slipped comfortably into the role of elder statesman. Australia seldom saw the best of him, but his relish for a personal duel did much to bring about series victories over both South Africa (1998) and West Indies (2000). He retired in 2001 and slipped easily into the media, establishing a reputation as one of the better player-broadcasters as well as a no-nonsense journalist. Lawrence Booth

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Nov 19, 2013

Andrew Jones, Jim Maxwell, Mark Nicholas, Steve Waugh and Mike Atherton at the ESPNcricinfo summit, Brisbane, November 19, 2013

Andrew Jones, Jim Maxwell, Mark Nicholas, Steve Waugh and Mike Atherton at the ESPNcricinfo summit

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Jun 24, 2013

Michael Atherton at Tony Greig's memorial service, Trafalgar Square, London, June 24, 2013

Michael Atherton at Tony Greig's memorial service

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Apr 16, 2013

Michael Atherton, now <i>The Times</i> correspondent, was at St Paul's, London, April 16, 2013

Michael Atherton, now The Times correspondent, was at St Paul's

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1991

Awarded the OBE in June 1997

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