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John Emburey      

Full name John Ernest Emburey

Born August 20, 1952, Peckham, London

Current age 62 years 33 days

Major teams England, Berkshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Western Province

Nickname Embers, Ernie, Knuckle

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Coach, Commentator

Height 6 ft 2 in

Education Peckham Manor Secondary School

John Ernest Emburey
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 64 96 20 1713 75 22.53 4811 35.60 0 10 195 6 34 0
ODIs 61 45 10 501 34 14.31 664 75.45 0 0 32 6 19 0
First-class 513 644 130 12021 133 23.38 7 55 459 0
List A 536 355 110 3865 50 15.77 0 2 181 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 64 103 15391 5646 147 7/78 7/105 38.40 2.20 104.7 5 6 0
ODIs 61 61 3425 2346 76 4/37 4/37 30.86 4.10 45.0 2 0 0
First-class 513 112862 41958 1608 8/40 26.09 2.23 70.1 72 12
List A 536 26399 16811 647 5/23 5/23 25.98 3.82 40.8 23 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Lord's, Aug 24-28, 1978 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 27-30, 1995 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 14, 1980 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v England at Moratuwa, Mar 20, 1993 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1973-1997
List A span 1975-2000
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2/37 PCA XI v ACA Masters London 25 Jul 2013 Other T20
0/16 Eng Masters v Ind Masters Bridgetown 9 Nov 2010 Other T20
0, 2/22 Eng Masters v Ind Masters Bridgetown 7 Nov 2010 Other T20
0/30, 7* Eng Masters v SL Masters Bridgetown 6 Nov 2010 Other T20
1/25 Eng Masters v WI Masters Bridgetown 5 Nov 2010 Other T20
2/33 Eng Masters v SA Masters Bridgetown 5 Dec 2009 Other T20
18, 0/31 Eng Masters v SA Masters Bridgetown 4 Dec 2009 Other T20
1/32 Eng Masters v SL Masters Bridgetown 3 Dec 2009 Other T20
1/35 Eng Masters v WI Masters Bridgetown 30 Nov 2009 Other T20
4/40 M.C.C. v Minor C Lord's 20 Aug 2009 Other OD
Profile

In the era before Shane Warne when spin bowling was on its uppers, John Emburey was perhaps the best offspinner in the world, which did not say much. He was tall with a classically looping action, and capable of getting huge amounts of bounce and away-drift. But his qualities were submerged amid the grim battles slow bowlers faced in the 1980s: uncongenial pitches and one-day cricket, which forced him to become primarily negative and defensive. He improvised more in his batting, in which he managed to score runs while infuriating bowlers by ignoring both footwork and backlift. Always a willing talker and theorist, he was an excellent senior pro and a promising coach (though he was fired by Northamptonshire before returning home to Middlesex). Over-promoted to England captain for two Tests amid general chaos in 1988, he was fired as capriciously as he was appointed. Emburey was the only cricketer to go on both (1981-82 and 1989-90) England rebel tours to South Africa, and was instantly forgiven both times, which says much about attitudes at Lord's but something about the general esteem for his qualities.

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Aug 15, 2009

The All-Star England team pose for the cameras, Interlaken, August 15, 2009

The All-Star England team pose for the cameras

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Jan 12, 2008

Adam Hollioake and John Emburey, sporting a fetching yellow hat, walk through the legs of honour, Beach Cricket Tri-Nations series, Maroubra Beach, Sydney, January 12, 2008

Adam Hollioake and John Emburey, sporting a fetching yellow hat, walk through the legs of honour

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Jun 9, 2007

Graham Ford and John Emburey arrive in Chennai to stake their claim to be the new coach of the Indian team, Chennai, June 9, 2006.

Graham Ford and John Emburey arrive in Chennai.

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1984

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