Mark Butcher      

Full name Mark Alan Butcher

Born August 23, 1972, Croydon, Surrey

Current age 42 years 0 days

Major teams England, Surrey

Nickname Butch, Baz

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Height 5 ft 11 in

Education Trinity School, Archbishop Tenison's, Croydon

Relation Father - AR Butcher, Uncle - MS Butcher, Uncle - IP Butcher, Brother - GP Butcher

Mark Alan Butcher
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 71 131 7 4288 173* 34.58 10005 42.85 8 23 559 3 61 0
First-class 280 478 39 17870 259 40.70 38 95 263 0
List A 191 171 31 4460 139 31.85 2 28 63 0
Twenty20 13 12 0 210 60 17.50 162 129.62 0 2 30 2 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 71 30 901 541 15 4/42 5/68 36.06 3.60 60.0 2 0 0
First-class 280 7703 4237 125 5/86 33.89 3.30 61.6 1 0
List A 191 2527 2210 49 3/23 3/23 45.10 5.24 51.5 0 0 0
Twenty20 13 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Birmingham, Jun 5-8, 1997 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 26-30, 2004 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class debut 1992
Last First-class Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 10-13, 2009 scorecard
List A debut 1991
Last List A Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford, May 25, 2008 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Sussex v Surrey at Hove, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 6, 2007 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
9, 60* Surrey v Kent The Oval 10 Jul 2009 FC
49, 2 Surrey v Middlesex Lord's 30 Jun 2009 FC
7 Surrey v Leics Leicester 16 Jun 2009 FC
32 Surrey v Northants Northampton 11 Jun 2009 FC
65, 27* Surrey v Glamorgan Cardiff 6 Jun 2009 FC
2, 2 Surrey v Somerset Croydon 30 May 2008 FC
66* Surrey v Essex Chelmsford 25 May 2008 LA
205, 7 Surrey v Yorkshire The Oval 21 May 2008 FC
139 Surrey v Kent Canterbury 18 May 2008 LA
49, 27 Surrey v Hampshire Southampton 14 May 2008 FC
Profile

Mark Butcher's Test career has consisted of four patchy years, three profitable ones, and one amazing day. He broke into the England side in 1997 as a combative opener with a punchy cover-drive, a sure sense of his off stump, and a glaring weakness against spin. Given an extended run, he repaid the selectors with vital centuries in 1998 against the world's two best teams - South Africa at Headingley and Australia at Brisbane. In 1999, he even captained England in a Test against New Zealand. But the runs dried up in South Africa, his Surrey form crumbled, and so did his marriage, to Alec Stewart's sister Judy. Butcher lost his appetite for the game, and his Test place to Marcus Trescothick. His father, Alan, a one-Test wonder and respected coach, helped him rebuild his technique and he made an unexpected comeback as a Test No. 3 in 2001. His fighting qualities brought a string of useful scores, and then came nirvana: a blazing, take-no-prisoners 173 not out against Australia at Headingley, turning a stiff run-chase into a breeze. It was the innings of his life. On the flat pitches of 2002, he finally achieved consistency, making 551 runs at 55 and maturely playing David Boon to Trescothick and Vaughan's Taylor and Slater. He also wrote and sang a touching ballad at the memorial service for his team-mate Ben Hollioake, entitled You're Never Gone. His old frailties resurfaced in the 2002-03 Ashes - running haplessly between the wickets and getting out when set - and carried over into the following year, when he was in arguably the form of his life. But he mounted a comeback in 2004, as England's highest scorer in their 3-0 Test series routing of West Indies in the Caribbean - where he made 296 runs in four matches, but a series of freak injuries the following summer brought to an end a run of 42 consecutive Test appearances, and left him once again on the periphery of the team. He reached 50 Tests, curiously, without playing in a single one-day international, and was appointed Surrey captain for the 2005 season, but broke his hand and was only able to take up the reins in the middle of August. Surrey were relegated soon afterwards and Butcher's injury problems intensified with a series of knee problems. After struggling to overcome them he retired during the 2009 season to bring an end to the Butcher-era at The Oval.
Tim de Lisle August 2009

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Apr 8, 2009

Mark Ramprakash, Chris Adams and Mark Butcher at the Surrey photocall, London, April 8, 2009

Mark Ramprakash, Chris Adams and Mark Butcher at the Surrey photocall

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Apr 17, 2008

Mark Butcher drives during his 120, Surrey v Lancashire, County Championship, The Oval, April 17, 2008

Mark Butcher drives during his 120

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Oct 3, 2007

Mark Butcher helps out at one of Surrey's initiatives

Mark Butcher helps out at one of Surrey's initiatives

© Surrey CCC

Series Results
England v Bangladesh at Birmingham - Jul 12, 2010
England won by 144 runs
England v Bangladesh at Bristol - Jul 10, 2010
Bangladesh won by 5 runs
England v Bangladesh at Nottingham - Jul 8, 2010
England won by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
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