Full name Keith John Piper
Born December 18, 1969, Leicester
Current age 45 years 260 days
Major teams Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Glamorgan at Birmingham, Apr 13-16, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||1989|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham, Apr 17, 2005 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Northamptonshire at Birmingham, Jul 12, 2004 scorecard|
A keeper with outstanding natural gifts, Keith Piper was a key figure in the golden age of Warwickshire cricket. He helped them win an unprecedented treble in 1994, the double the following season and, when Brian Lara recorded his historic innings of 501 at Edgbaston in 1994, Piper was at the other end making an accomplished century of his own.
So impressed was Lara by Piper's talents that he tried to persuade him to qualify for West Indies. But it was not to be.
And perhaps, had his batting been more reliable, he might have graduated to international cricket. But in in an era dominated by Alec Stewart and Jack Russell, Piper had to be content with a place on two England A tours.
His skills with the gloves never deserted him, but did not help himself in the battle for international recognition with his lifestyle choices. After serving a drugs ban in 1997, he tested positive for cannabis in the opening round of matches in 2005, an episode that effectively ended his career. He retired at the end of the season and became Warwickshire's Second XI coach before taking voluntary redundancy at the end of 2008.
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