Full name Christopher Jonathan Hollins
Born March 20, 1971, Bromley, Kent
Current age 44 years 251 days
Major teams Marylebone Cricket Club, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Education Tonbridge School; Durham University; Oxford University
|First-class span||1994 - 1994|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5||M.C.C.||v Scotland||Lord's||21 Apr 2008||Other OD|
Chris Hollins was born into a sporting family - his father, John, played for England while his uncle, David, turned out for Wales - and he too was a good enough player to have spent brief periods with Charlton, Queens Park Rangers, and Aldershot Town. He was also a good cricketer, playing at Durham University and then making eight first-class appearances while on a post-grad year at Oxford University.
An offspinner he took four wickets on debut but it was when he hit 68 batting at No. 7 against Leicestershire that his ability with the bat became evident. He followed with 76 against Worcestershire and finished by scoring 131 in the drawn Varsity match.
Although playing regularly in club and representative cricket, he became better known as a presenter, initially with Sky Sports before joining the BBC in 1999.
In 2009 he became the third first-class cricketer to win the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, following Darren Gough in 2005 and Mark Ramprakash a year later.
With India playing most of their Test cricket at home over the next 18 months, they will have to choose between their two quickest bowlers most of the time. A tricky choice, given Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav's hit or miss tendencies
How Ross Taylor reconciled with New Zealand cricket and made the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia
Stats highlights from Dubai where Jos Buttler broke his own record for England's fastest ODI hundred
Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test
His game appears to lack emotion but it is not cold. Like Kallis, but more adaptable and with greater flair
It refuses to let India play Pakistan there, but hasn't been forthcoming with reasons why
In the last four years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of draws and big runs down under
The idea of a battle for the world No. 1 spot in the top format may have been shelved, but its absence is sorely felt