Full name Michael Watkinson
Born August 1, 1961, Westhoughton, Lancashire
Current age 55 years 236 days
Major teams England, Cheshire, Lancashire
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
Relation Son - L Watkinson
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 27-30, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Jan 2-4, 1996 scorecard|
|Only ODI||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 13, 1996 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982 - 1999|
|List A span||1982 - 2000|
Mike Watkinson was a valuable allrounder - a useful seamer who later turned to offspin, and an aggressive lower middle-order batsman - who was a key member of the Lancashire side which enjoyed success in the 1990s. International recognition came late - he was a week shy of 34 when first picked in 1995 - but he turned in two solid performances against West Indies (and a third less impressive one at The Oval) that won him selection for the winter's tour of South Africa. But he was a peripheral figure on the tour, playing further one Test and one ODI, and he returned to the county ranks, moving seamlessly into the role of county coach after retiring. He was drafted in as England's bowling coach for the tour to Bangladesh in 2003-04 and worked alongside Duncan Fletcher for two winters. His coaching credentials were boosted by Lancashire's production line of England quicks - Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson and Sajid Mahmood - but domestic success proved elusive for Watkinson. After six years as coach, he moved into a new role as Lancashire's Director of Cricket in 2008.
Cricinfo staff December 2008
Three days ahead of the fourth Test, the surface at the HPCA Stadium wore a smattering of grass. Will that, or Mohammed Shami's availability, subject to fitness, change India's combination?
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
Did Virat Kohli get his tactics right on the final day in Ranchi? Going by his fast bowlers' lines and R Ashwin's late introduction, the Indian captain took a few puzzling calls
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history