Full name Bruce Nicholas French
Born August 13, 1959, Warsop, Nottinghamshire
Current age 56 years 352 days
Major teams England, Nottinghamshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Relation Nephew - JT Ball
|Test debut||England v India at Leeds, Jun 19-23, 1986 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Mar 3-7, 1988 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v England at Chandigarh, Jan 27, 1985 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 19, 1988 scorecard|
|First-class span||1976 - 1995|
|List A span||1977 - 1995|
A top wicketkeeper in his prime, Bruce French spent two tours as understudy to Paul Downton before being given his chance in 1986. That he kept Jack Russell out of the England team for almost two years on wicketkeeping merit alone is a tribute to his glove work, though his batting never developed as it could have done. He maintained his links with the game as a wicketkeeping coach with England as well as pursuing his passion of mountaineering.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"