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Full name Christopher Mark Wells Read
Born August 10, 1978, Paignton, Devon
Current age 35 years 125 days
Major teams England, Devon, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Height 5 ft 8 in
Education Torquay Boys' Grammar School, University of Bath, Loughborough University
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at Birmingham, Jul 1-3, 1999 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 2-5, 2007 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v England at Bloemfontein, Jan 23, 2000 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v West Indies at Ahmedabad, Oct 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Only T20I||England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Somerset at Nottingham, Sep 24-27, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1995|
|Last List A||Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire at Lord's, Sep 21, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Durham at Nottingham, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Nottinghamshire v Essex at Nottingham, Aug 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|39, 3c/0s, 52*, 0c/0s||Notts||v Somerset||Nottingham||24 Sep 2013||FC|
|53, 1c/0s||Notts||v Glamorgan||Lord's||21 Sep 2013||LA|
|11, 1c/0s, 0, 0c/0s||Notts||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||17 Sep 2013||FC|
|27*, 1c/0s||Notts||v Middlesex||Lord's||11 Sep 2013||FC|
|3c/0s||Notts||v Somerset||Nottingham||9 Sep 2013||LA|
|4c/0s, 0, 2c/0s||Notts||v Warwickshire||Nottingham||3 Sep 2013||FC|
|1c/0s, 0*||Notts||v Kent||Canterbury||26 Aug 2013||LA|
|6c/0s, 1, 58, 0c/0s||Notts||v Yorkshire||Nottingham||21 Aug 2013||FC|
|1*, 1c/0s||Notts||v Sussex||Hove||15 Aug 2013||LA|
|1c/0s, 25||Notts||v Worcs||Nottingham||13 Aug 2013||LA|
Born in Devon, reared in Bristol and an England A tourist before he had played a first-class game, Read quickly established himself as the tidiest gloveman in English cricket, although like Jack Russell before him, found such an accolade is no longer a guarantee of selection for the England team.
A back-foot fighter with a productive whip-pull, he bats as high as No. 6 in the Nottinghamshire middle order, and was picked by England against New Zealand in 1999, infamously ducking into a Chris Cairns slower ball. He made the one-day team that winter in South Africa and, despite a below-par performance behind the stumps, showed composure with the bat, memorably mowing Shaun Pollock for six to reignite a run-chase.
Read lost ground after his debut, dropping behind Paul Nixon and then James Foster in the race to become England's next keeper, but he was a more rounded player by the time Alec Stewart finally hung up his gloves in 2003. He duly returned to the top of the pile and after an immaculate time behind the stumps in the Caribbean, he was controversially dropped in favour of Geraint Jones, the better batsman. Two months later, and Read had been axed from the one-day side as well, despite some combative performances low down the order.
He remained on the fringes of the team, but having produced an impressive unbeaten 150 for England A against the Pakistanis in July 2006, he finally convinced the management that he was due another chance. A brisk 55 in his comeback Test against Pakistan, in the 3rd Test at Headingley, demonstrated a cricketer with far greater confidence in himself than in his youth. In a Duncan Fletcher-inspired see-saw, he was again left out for the 2006-07 Ashes before Jones's loss of form meant he was recalled for the last two Tests.
But Nixon edged him out for the CB Series that followed, and the emergence of Peter Moores as Fletcher's successor and the selection of Matt Prior meant Read slipped gently down the list of keepers. Craig Kieswetter's emergence has surely put paid to any hopes that Read might be able to add to his 52 England caps, but he remains a vital part of Nottinghamshire's squad.
As he entered his 30s, in spite of taking on the extra demands of captaincy at Trent Bridge, he found a golden run of form that saw him average 42.06 in 2008, and rise to become Nottinghamshire's leading run-scorer by some distance in 2009, with 1203 runs at 75.18, including four hundreds, as the county finished as Division One runners-up. While not quite as prolific in 2010, he still averaged 45 as well as leading Nottinghamshire to their sixth County Championship title. In 2012 he scored eight fifties and one century and an average of 48.75 in Division One, passing 12,000 career first class runs in the process.
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