Full name Joseph Emmanuel Benjamin
Born February 2, 1961, Christ Church, St Kitts
Current age 55 years 178 days
Major teams England, Staffordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Only Test||England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 18-21, 1994 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 6, 1994 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Zimbabwe at Brisbane, Jan 7, 1995 scorecard|
|First-class span||1988 - 1999|
|List A span||1986 - 1999|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/44, 6||Bromley Cricket Club||v Sth Northumb||Lord's||4 Sep 2006||Other OD|
Benjamin built a belated county career - first with Warwickshire, then with Surrey - on accurate, nippy awayswingers, and in 1994, at the age of 33, he was a surprise choice for the third Test against South Africa at his home ground, The Oval. But his crucial 4-42 in the first innings was put in the shade by Devon Malcolm's feats in the second, and the rest of his international career consisted of two one-day games in Australia that winter. Even at county level he faded as quickly as he rose, and by 1997 Benjamin was no longer a regular for Surrey, who released him at the end of the 1999 season - though he was still one of their most popular players. His action, a whirl of arms and energy, lay somewhere between Gladstone Small and Dominic Cork, while his batting was based on the principle of hit out or get out.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"