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Full name Mitchell Eric Claydon
Born November 25, 1982, Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
Current age 32 years 123 days
Major teams Canterbury, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Westfield Sports High School, Sydney
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Bangladesh A at Leeds, Aug 3-5, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Gloucestershire at Canterbury, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Apr 23, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Kent at Birmingham, Sep 4, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Jun 27, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kent v Surrey at Canterbury, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5/61, 1, 4/90, 6||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|1, 1/40, 0/33||Kent||v Hampshire||Southampton||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|0, 4/76, 2, 0/15||Kent||v Essex||Chelmsford||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|1, 1/41||Kent||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||4 Sep 2014||LA|
|4/47, 0, 3/36||Kent||v Glamorgan||Canterbury||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|8, 1/42||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||29 Aug 2014||LA|
|0, 0/43||Kent||v Middlesex||Canterbury||20 Aug 2014||LA|
|3/72, 10, 0/41, 0||Kent||v Hampshire||Canterbury||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|1, 3/26||Kent||v Sussex||Canterbury||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|3/37||Kent||v Notts||Nottingham||8 Aug 2014||LA|
Mitch Claydon joined Kent on loan from Durham midway through the 2013 season and immediately made an impact with the ball. He was recalled by Durham in September for their final game to help them secure the County Championship, but had already signed a contract for a permanent transfer to Kent. During his short, temporary spell with the county he excelled particularly in T20 cricket, taking five wickets against the touring New Zealanders and thirteen more in the county competition.
An Australian-born quick bowler, Claydon took advantage of his British passport to sign for Yorkshire in 2005. He made just two first-class appearances in two seasons for the white rose and was released at the end of 2006, after a stress fracture of the back had kept him out of action for much of the season.
Durham took a gamble on him in 2007 and although he initially made little impact he remained on their books. By 2009 he had progressed far enough to become a first XI regular, and contributed 22 wickets to Durham's Championship-winning campaign, while also playing plenty of limited-overs cricket.
Thereafter Claydon's opportunities were limited at a county rich in seam bowling talent, but Kent were sufficiently impressed by his form in 2013 to pin hopes on him for 2014. He turned in a decent stint - more than 500 Championship overs - to help offset Kent's meagre pace bowling resources.
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
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.