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Full name Gareth Jon Batty
Born October 13, 1977, Bradford, Yorkshire
Current age 37 years 166 days
Major teams England, Surrey, Surrey Cricket Board, Worcestershire, Yorkshire
Nickname Boris, Nora
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 5 ft 11 in
Education Bingley Grammar
Relation Brother - JD Batty
|Test debut||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 21-25, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Bangladesh at Chester-le-Street, Jun 3-5, 2005 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 13, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Only T20I||West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 15, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval, Sep 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||1998|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Surrey at Birmingham, Aug 12, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Worcestershire v Northamptonshire at Worcester, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Warwickshire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 12, 0/33||Surrey||v Derbyshire||The Oval||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|2/31, 0, 2/103, 16||Surrey||v Worcs||Worcester||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|1/24, 1*||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|19, 3/38, 2/35||Surrey||v Leics||Leicester||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|0/29, 12||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||12 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/33, 13||Surrey||v Sussex||The Oval||6 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/50, 2||Surrey||v Kent||The Oval||5 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/33, 2*||Surrey||v Worcs||The Oval||2 Aug 2014||T20|
|0/38||Surrey||v Middlesex||Lord's||31 Jul 2014||LA|
|1/38, 6*||Surrey||v Kent||Canterbury||25 Jul 2014||T20|
Jack-in-the-box allrounder Gareth Batty had to jink around to find a regular first-team spot. Born in Bradford, he played for Yorkshire in 1997 before moving south to try his luck with Surrey. The young man then went west to Worcester, for whom he took 56 wickets with his offspin (and biffed 491 runs) in 2002. That won him a spot at the England Academy in Adelaide in 2002-03, and the selectors sent for him as they cast around for reinforcements during that winter's injury-plagued tour of Australia. Batty played two one-day internationals in Australia, impressing with his tight lines and feisty fielding, and with that in mind he was included in England's 14-man squad for the 2004 Champions Trophy.
Doubts persisted about whether he turned it enough to trouble Test batsmen, but he was nevertheless selected for England's trip to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2003. It was an eventful tour - he came close to drowning in a surfing accident in Galle, and at times struggled to keep his head above water with the ball. His batting against Muttiah Muralitharan, on the other hand, was a revelation, and he was instrumental in saving back-to-back Tests at Galle and Kandy. However, since then his chances have been limited to the occasional stand-in role, most notably during the Test in Antigua when Brian Lara reached 400.
Despite consistent seasons for Worcestershire he was overtaken by other spinners, but was briefly recalled to the one-day squad to face West Indies in 2009. Not content with the ambition shown at Worcestershire he made himself available to switch counties in the 2009 summer and was snapped up on a sizeable deal by Surrey - a move that led to him being heckled by the crowd on his return to New Road.
In 2011, he played an important role part in bringing the CB40 trophy to south London, taking 13 wickets at 23.15. However, the next two years amounted to picking up the pieces. Batty assumed the captaincy when Rory Hamilton Brown took time away from the role and the game after Tom Maynard's tragic death, leading a shell-shocked dressing room with considerable dignity and helping them avoid relegation in 2012.
He was unable to repeat the trick the following year when he had to step back into the captaincy void, this time left by Graeme Smith after he succumbed to a chronic ankle injury, which ruled him out for most of the season. Surrey finished bottom of Division One, winning only one game. Their run to FLt20 Finals Day was more memorable, though Batty's participation in the competition was ended by an unsavoury altercation with Peter Trego in Surrey's televised quarter final against Somerset at The Oval. The ECB found him guilty of two level two breaches of conduct and he was subsequently banned for two games, missing the semi-final and final. Age had not dimmed Batty's competitive and, in 2014, he suggested that he was bowling better than ever and could still perform a role for England. He took career best figures of 8 for 68 in his first game of the season, after an injury-ruined start, and ended with 39 wickets at 23.46 apiece. In a young side, his experience was also of great value.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.