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David Steele      

Full name David Stanley Steele

Born September 29, 1941, Bradeley, Staffordshire

Current age 72 years 305 days

Major teams England, Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

Nickname Crime

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Education Enden Secondary Modern

Relation Brother - JF Steele, Cousin - BS Crump, Son - AS Steele, Son - MV Steele

David Stanley Steele
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 8 16 0 673 106 42.06 1700 39.58 1 5 74 3 7 0
ODIs 1 1 0 8 8 8.00 12 66.66 0 0 1 0 0 0
First-class 500 812 124 22346 140* 32.47 30 117 546 0
List A 260 224 34 4381 109 23.05 1 20 91 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 4 88 39 2 1/1 2/20 19.50 2.65 44.0 0 0 0
ODIs 1 1 6 9 0 - - - 9.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 500 36693 15511 623 8/29 24.89 2.53 58.8 26 3
List A 260 3323 2290 81 4/21 4/21 28.27 4.13 41.0 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 31-Aug 5, 1975 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 12-17, 1976 scorecard
Test statistics
Only ODI England v West Indies at Scarborough, Aug 26, 1976 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1963-1984
List A span 1965-1985
Profile

David Steele was a comparative rarity at test level - a genuine selection-panel coup. A grey-haired middle-order batsman for Northants, he played in steel-rimmed spectacles and looked years older than his actual 33. He had Tony Greig to thank for his inclusion in Greig's first Test as captain, against Australia in 1975. Steele's England career lasted only eight matches and little more than a year, but in that time he became a national hero, averaging 42 against the best fast bowlers in world cricket. Steele based his defence on a firm, long-striding, forward stroke, and stood up to Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, then to the fearsome West Indian pace quartet of 1976 (Roberts, Holding, Daniel, Holder). Far from showing fear, Steele appeared to revel in it. Yet until Greig plucked him out of county cricket, Steele had scored only 16 hundreds in 12 seasons with an average of 31. Described by The Sun's Clive Taylor as "The bank clerk who went to war," Steele scored 50 and 45 on his debut at Lord's after losing his way from the home dressing-room to the Long Room, and added 106 against West Indies at Trent Bridge. A well-liked and drily humorous Staffordshire man who was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1975, Steele had another triumph: he persuaded a Northampton butcher to reward him in kind in his benefit season, and finished up with 1756 lamb chops - one for every run he scored.
John Thicknesse

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Sep 28, 2009

David Steele, October 2, 1979

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1979

David Steele

David Steele

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May 11, 1977

David Steele

David Steele

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Notes

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1975

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1976

Tour Results
India v England at Dharamsala - Jan 27, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
India v England at Mohali - Jan 23, 2013
India won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
India v England at Ranchi - Jan 19, 2013
India won by 7 wickets (with 131 balls remaining)
India v England at Kochi - Jan 15, 2013
India won by 127 runs
India v England at Rajkot - Jan 11, 2013
England won by 9 runs
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