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Full name Robert Charles Russell
Born August 15, 1963, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Current age 51 years 125 days
Major teams England, Gloucestershire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Aug 25-30, 1988 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v England at St John's, Mar 20-24, 1998 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v England at Peshawar, Nov 22, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v South Africa at Dhaka, Oct 25, 1998 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Loughborough UCCE at Bristol, Apr 21-23, 2004 scorecard|
|List A debut||1982|
|Last List A||Kent v Gloucestershire at Canterbury, Apr 25, 2004 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Gloucestershire v Worcestershire at Bristol, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Bristol, Jun 19, 2003 scorecard|
Wicketkeepers are often eccentric, but Russell outquirks the lot. Whether he is standing up to the medium-pacers, barking encouragement to his fielders or leaving the ball with a gratuitous flourish, Russell is the character's character. As a keeper he is quick-witted and quick-handed, if sometimes untidy.
As a No.7 batsman he is unorthodox but resolute - his unbeaten 29 in 274 minutes at Johannesburg in 1995-96 is often forgotten. England messed him about, often preferring Alec Stewart for the sake of balance, but after retiring from internationals in 1998, Russell reinvented himself as the hub of Gloucestershire's one-day successes. A painter and a tea addict, forever glued to his battered sunhat, he was anything but a sportsman of his age. His career came to a quiet close when a long-standing back injury forced his retirement. At 40, he was still one of the best keepers in the country, especially standing up.
Lawrence Booth (June 2004)
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