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Full name Paul James Horton
Born September 20, 1982, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Current age 32 years 188 days
Major teams Lancashire, Lancashire 2nd XI, Lancashire Cricket Board, Matabeleland Tuskers
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Colo High School, Sydney; Broadgreen Comp Liverpool; St Margaret's High School
|First-class debut||Durham UCCE v Lancashire at Durham, May 21-23, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lancashire v Middlesex at Manchester, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Leicestershire at Manchester, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Lancashire at Nottingham, Jun 24, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|7||Lancashire||v Middlesex||Manchester||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|16, 16||Lancashire||v Sussex||Hove||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|0, 49||Lancashire||v Yorkshire||Manchester||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|1||Lancashire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|19||Lancashire||v Hampshire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|18*||Lancashire||v Leics||Manchester||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|114, 3||Lancashire||v Durham||Manchester||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|0||Lancashire||v Northants||Manchester||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|43||Lancashire||v Worcs||Worcester||9 Aug 2014||LA|
|19||Lancashire||v Derbyshire||Derby||7 Aug 2014||LA|
Paul Horton, once regarded as a batsman whose measured style was best suited to four-day cricket, has become a versatile performer in all forms of the game, as adept at scoring runs quickly as building an innings patiently. He has also become one of the best slip fielders on the English county circuit.
Born and raised in Sydney, Horton moved to Liverpool and became part of the Lancashire set-up at Under-17 level, where he was captain before taking the same role with the U-19s. A consistent run-scorer in Second XI cricket, he struggled at first to force his way into a strong Lancashire team but when his chance came in 2007 he took it with both hands.
Three Championship centuries that season -- helping him win the Player of the Year award -- preceded two more in 2008 and a Lancashire-best 173 against Somerset at Taunton in 2009. He has spent a couple of English winters in Zimbabwe, where he made his career-best 209 for Matabeleland Tuskers in January 2011.
He shone in particular in Lancashire's title-winning 2011 season, when had he not developed an unfortunate tendency to be out in the 90s he might have been more prominent in the thinking of the England selectors. His 1,040 Championship runs included four scores between 93 and 99 but no centuries. A technically reliable opener in four-day cricket, he made unbeaten scores of 97 and 95 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 batting in the middle order, in which role he further demonstrated his adaptability by hitting 49 off 45 balls as Lancashire reached finals day in the Friends Life T20 by beating Sussex at Hove.
There were not many Lancashire players who did not fall below their 2011 standard in 2012 but Horton still contributed some memorable efforts, notably a seven-and-a-half-hour epic innings at Edgbaston in May, when he batted out the final day to finish unbeaten on 137 to deny Warwickshire victory. He became Lancashire's preferred captaincy stand-in for Glen Chapple as his stock rose and by 2014, unanticipated by many, he was most successful in the limited-overs game.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.