Full name Wayne Larkins
Born November 22, 1953, Roxton, Bedfordshire
Current age 62 years 252 days
Major teams England, Bedfordshire, Durham, Eastern Province, Huntingdonshire, Minor Counties, Northamptonshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 5 ft 11 in
Education Bushmead, Eaton Socon, Huntingdon
|Test debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 1-6, 1980 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 4-8, 1991 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 20, 1979 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 10, 1991 scorecard|
|First-class span||1972 - 1995|
|List A span||1972 - 2002|
A sublimely natural talent, with cavalier curls and a bustling moustache, Wayne "Ned" Larkins was an exasperation to spectators, but an inspiration to his team-mates, who could only marvel at the audacity of some of his strokeplay. Larkins was the type of batsman who could happily hoist the second ball of a day's play for six over extra cover, but his attacking instincts were never fully appreciated or properly utilised during his 13-match, 11-year Test career. In hindsight, he was invariably selected when he should have been ignored, and ignored when he should have been selected, although his decision to go on the rebel tour of South Africa in 1982 meant he was unavailable for England for three prime years of his cricketing life. In keeping with his contradictory nature, Larkins proved to be a personal favourite of the austere and autocratic Graham Gooch, despite his reputation as a smoking, drinking chancer. He twice toured under Gooch's leadership, to the Caribbean in 1989-90 and Australia the following winter, but he met with limited success. Nevertheless, at Sabina Park in March 1990, he had the honour of scoring the winning runs as England beat West Indies for the first time in 16 years. In Australia, however, he was best remembered as the worst-possible room-mate for the young and impressionable larrikin-in-the-making, Phil Tufnell.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"