Full name John James Whitaker
Born May 5, 1962, Skipton, Yorkshire
Current age 54 years 323 days
Major teams England, Leicestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Only Test||Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 12-16, 1986 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v India at Sharjah, Apr 2, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 7, 1987 scorecard|
|First-class span||1983 - 1999|
|List A span||1983 - 1998/99|
James Whitaker was a member of England's Ashes-winning side in 1986-87. He made his one appearance at Adelaide, when Ian Botham was injured, and managed 11 before falling to Bruce Reid. With David Gower and Phil DeFreitas also playing, England included three Leicestershire players for the first time.
He made the trip on the back of 1526 runs at 66.34 in 1986 - despite having bones broken in both hands by Malcolm Marshall during the summer. Whitaker remained a one-club man, and led Leicester to the County Championship in 1996 and 1998. After being forced to retire with a leg injury he had a spell as general manager at Grace Road before taking on the role of director of cricket. His 22-year association with the club ended in 2005 when they announced a new coaching structure and Whitaker left his director post. Three years later, however, he was give a part-time selectorial role with England under Geoff Miller, who was named David Graveney's successor in January 2008.
Martin Williamson January 2008
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1987
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