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Full name David John Capel
Born February 6, 1963, Northampton
Current age 52 years 50 days
Major teams England, Eastern Province, Northamptonshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Roade Comprehensive
Relation Son - JD Capel
|Test debut||England v Pakistan at Leeds, Jul 2-6, 1987 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v England at St John's, Apr 12-16, 1990 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v India at Sharjah, Apr 2, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Apr 3, 1990 scorecard|
|First-class span||1981 - 1998|
|List A debut||1982|
|Last List A||Northamptonshire Cricket Board v Yorkshire Cricket Board at Northampton, Aug 29, 2002 scorecard|
David Capel was England's nearly man who had the definitive impossible job when he came into an England side looking for the new Ian Botham in the mid-1980s, and after swimming confidently for a time, he soon sank. Quite simply, Capel was not good enough to justify his place with bat or ball, and averages of 15 and 50 from 15 Tests tell the story. He made a 98, at Karachi in 1987-88 but he also had 13 scores of 6 or less in 25 innings. His energetic medium-pace was pretty innocuous but he did have a distinguished rabbit: Viv Richards, who he dismissed three times. And he did play his part in one of England's most unlikely successes, as the most sedate of Graham Gooch's four-man seam attack in Jamaica in 1989-90.
He subsequently ran the academy at Northamptonshire and, at the end of the 2006 season, was appointed head coach of the county. He led them to their first appearance at Twenty20 finals day in 2009 and almost led them back to Division One of the County Championship in 2011. Northants led the table for most of the season but a major stutter in the final third of the year saw them pipped to promotion by Surrey by a single point. Capel was sacked three months into the 2012 season.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.