Full name Paul John Walter Allott
Born September 14, 1956, Altrincham, Cheshire
Current age 58 years 320 days
Major teams England, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Wellington
Nickname Wally, Walt, Wal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Altringham Grammar School; Bede College, Durham
|Test debut||England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 13-17, 1981 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 1-6, 1985 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Feb 13, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 3, 1985 scorecard|
|First-class span||1978 - 1991|
|List A span||1978 - 1993|
The world turned up at Northampton in 1981 to watch the great fast bowler Michael Holding make his debut for Lancashire. His thunder was stolen by a tall, blond, bespectacled unknown at the other end, who took 8 for 48 with unpretentious late outswing. Barely three months later, Paul Allott was an England cricketer and Lancashire thought they might have their new Brian Statham. Allott shed the specs but never quite became the new Statham. In the less forgiving conditions of Test cricket, he often struggled but remained a mainstay for Lancashire throughout the decade before finding an afterlife as one of Sky TV's more perceptive and agreeable commentators.
Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?