Full name David Daniel Masters
Born April 22, 1978, Chatham, Kent
Current age 37 years 136 days
Major teams Essex, Kent, Leicestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Last First-class||Kent v Essex at Tunbridge Wells, Jul 19-21, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000|
|Last List A||Essex v Yorkshire at Chelmsford, Aug 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Leicester, Jun 16, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Essex at Birmingham, Aug 13, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/29, 7||Essex||v Yorkshire||Chelmsford||27 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/19||Essex||v Sussex||Hove||19 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/24, 1*||Essex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||13 Aug 2015||T20|
|1/53||Essex||v Middlesex||Colchester||5 Aug 2015||LA|
|2/49||Essex||v Hampshire||Southampton||4 Aug 2015||LA|
|0*, 2/28||Essex||v Notts||Chelmsford||2 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/39, 1||Essex||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||31 Jul 2015||LA|
|0/24||Essex||v Warwickshire||Chelmsford||29 Jul 2015||LA|
|1/20||Essex||v Lancashire||Chelmsford||27 Jul 2015||LA|
|5, 0/85, 8||Essex||v Kent||Tunbridge Wells||19 Jul 2015||FC|
A cricketer seemingly destined to be damned with faint praise - descriptions of a nagging medium-paced journeyman might have been designed specifically - David Masters earned prominence in 2011. He decimated Leicestershire (one of his old counties) with 8 for 10 as they were bowled out for 34 at Southend.
Masters has always been a dependable county performer, but a move to Essex at the start of the 2008 season seemed to spur him on. At the age of 33, he claimed 93 first-class wickets at 18.13 in 2011 - an average he bettered the following campaign. Passing 600 first-class wickets - with more than 350 coming in seven seasons with Essex - was fitting reward for Masters' skill, consistency and longevity.
Masters began his career with Kent before a four-year spell with Leicestershire, followed by a little-heralded switch to Chelmsford, where he soon became the metronomically reliable leader of Essex's attack in four-day cricket. His lack of pace makes him somewhat less effective in the shorter formats, but no county batsman doubts Masters' undemonstrative virtues.
One of the few old-fashioned players to turn their focus away from cricket over the winter, Masters works as a builder - hence his nickname "Hod". Carrying bricks, he says, is a more interesting way of keeping fit than spending months in the gym. His fitness was more of a concern in 2014, when injury prevented him from passing 50 wickets for the fifth season running, but he was expected to play on into 2015 and past his 37th birthday.
Stats highlights from the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC where India completed a rare away series win
For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook
Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball
If other men were witness to as much incompetence as Angelo Mathews has become used to, dressing rooms might have been set ablaze