Full name Timothy Stephen Curtis
Born January 15, 1960, Chislehurst, Kent
Current age 56 years 197 days
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education Royal Grammar School Worcester; Durham University; Cambridge University
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 21-26, 1988 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Nottingham, Aug 10-14, 1989 scorecard|
|First-class span||1979 - 1997|
|List A span||1980 - 1997|
Tim Curtis was an ever-present at the top of the order in the Worcestershire side when the dominated county cricket in the late 1980s. He played for the county while a student at Durham and then, for a year, at Cambridge (where he won a Blue) but it was only when he became available full time that he broke through. His first hundred came in 1984 when he ended the summer with 1405 runs at 42.57 - the first of 11 occasions he was to pass a thousand runs - and it was only towards the tail end of his career that he form was anything other than determinedly consistent. In an era when England tried a daunting number of players, Curtis's chance came in two Tests against West Indies in 1988, and then three more against Australia in 1989, but he failed to pass 50 and averaged only 15.55. In fairness, his average came by virtue of grit and application more than style, although in a side containing the likes of Graeme Hick and Ian Botham, it was a valued if not crowd-pleasing role. His one-day form belied that, and he made five Lord's final appearances (winning twice) which included leading them to the NatWest Trophy in 1994 after taking over the captaincy a year earlier.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"