Full name Paul John Walter Allott
Born September 14, 1956, Altrincham, Cheshire
Current age 60 years 193 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.
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history