Full name Derek Raymond Pringle
Born September 18, 1958, Nairobi, Kenya
Current age 58 years 189 days
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Essex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Felsted School; Cambridge
Relation Father - DJ Pringle
|Test debut||England v India at Lord's, Jun 10-15, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 6-9, 1992 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Pakistan at Nottingham, Jul 17, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Birmingham, May 21, 1993 scorecard|
|First-class span||1978 - 1993|
|List A span||1978 - 1993|
When the chairman of selectors Peter May plucked 23-year-old Derek Pringle from Cambridge to the England team in 1982, amateur psychologists had a rare treat. People speculated that May, a man with four daughters, saw in Pringle the son he never had. He was certainly not the son he would have expected. The most fluent undergraduate stroke player in a generation turned out to be primarily a medium-pace bowler who could use his 6ft 4in to generate swing and bounce and play occasionally effective innings in the mid to late-order. He hardly thought like the strait-laced May either: Pringle, the first England cricketer to wear an ear-ring, had eclectic tastes in reading, slightly outre tastes in music and lateral thought processes. Spectators, especially outside Essex, derided him constantly - as an ungainly under-achiever who lumbered round the field. But he retained the confidence even of captains as stern as Graham Gooch, since he was adaptable, dependable and, beneath the unconventional veneer, loyal. His overall record with bat and ball was unimpressive for someone who played 30 Tests. May - who disliked the press - might have been more horrified by his subsequent career as cricket correspondent of The Independent, latterly, The Daily Telegraph.
Appeared as an extra in the film Chariots of Fire
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