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Full name Michael John Richardson
Born October 4, 1986, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province
Current age 28 years 51 days
Major teams Badureliya Sports Club, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Durham MCCU v Durham at Durham, May 5-7, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Glamorgan v Durham at Colwyn Bay, Jun 10, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Durham v Sri Lanka A at Chester-le-Street, Jul 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Durham at Scarborough, Jun 30, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Northamptonshire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|42, 4c/0s, 17||Durham||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|11, 1c/0s, 1c/0s||Durham||v Northants||Chester-le-Street||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|4, 40||Durham||v Middlesex||Lord's||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|73, 2c/0s, 3, 1c/0s||Durham||v Notts||Chester-le-Street||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|38, 15||Durham||v Lancashire||Manchester||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|87*||Durham 2nd||v Lancs 2nd XI||Stockton-on-Tees||11 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|19||Durham||v Northants||Chester-le-Street||25 Jul 2014||T20|
|3||Durham||v Lancashire||Manchester||24 Jul 2014||T20|
|16||Durham||v Sri Lanka A||Chester-le-Street||20 Jul 2014||LA|
|2, 30||Durham||v Warwickshire||Chester-le-Street||13 Jul 2014||FC|
With a proud cricketing heritage in his family, it is hardly surprising that Michael Richardson chose to pursue a career in sport. A wicketkeeper-batsman like his father Dave - the former South Africa gloveman who became chief executive of the ICC in 2012 -- Richardson took the initial step from university to professional cricketer when he became an MCC Young Cricketer in 2008, having played for Nottingham University and in the Nottinghamshire Premier League since 2006.
The move to Lord's was a successful one, and in his second season he was named captain of the Young Cricketers. Towards the end of the season he signed a professional contract with Durham and was one of their leading batsmen in the 2010 Second Eleven Championship, scoring 562 runs at 70.25. First XI appearances followed in 2011, and he made the most of Phil Mustard's absence to kick off the season with a pair of half-centuries on his Championship debut that helped set up a 146-run win over Yorkshire in April. His first-team chances have been limited but his finished the 2012 season with his third first-class 50 after being selected as a batsman for the match against Sussex.
Richardson batted down the Durham order in 2013 and when he made his maiden Championship hundred in Durham's defeat of Yorkshire at Scarborough, a result that tipped the title in their direction, he had claims to being the best No. 8 in the country. Yorkshire, again, became victims of another rise in his career-best - 148 this time - at Chester-le-Street in 2014. They must have been sick of the sight of him.
Born in Port Elizabeth, Richardson has maintained his ties with South Africa and spends his winters playing club cricket in the Western Cape.
Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough