Phil Tufnell      

Full name Philip Clive Roderick Tufnell

Born April 29, 1966, Barnet, Hertfordshire

Current age 48 years 146 days

Major teams England, Middlesex

Nickname The Cat

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Other Commentator, Author

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Highgate School; Southgate School

Philip Clive Roderick Tufnell
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 42 59 29 153 22* 5.10 690 22.17 0 0 13 0 12 0
ODIs 20 10 9 15 5* 15.00 31 48.38 0 0 0 0 4 0
First-class 316 349 136 2066 67* 9.69 0 1 106 0
List A 93 36 22 125 18 8.92 0 0 17 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 42 70 11288 4560 121 7/47 11/93 37.68 2.42 93.2 6 5 2
ODIs 20 20 1020 699 19 4/22 4/22 36.78 4.11 53.6 1 0 0
First-class 316 76934 31026 1057 8/29 29.35 2.41 72.7 53 6
List A 93 4663 3327 103 5/28 5/28 32.30 4.28 45.2 4 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 1990 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 23-27, 2001 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v New Zealand at Perth, Dec 7, 1990 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 20, 1997 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1986-2002
List A span 1988-2001
Profile

The Bad Boy of English cricket in the 1990s, but the best spinner - left-arm or otherwise - as well. With a kick of the back leg, a skip and a jump, he had an approach to the wicket that is all his own, but Tufnell had great control of flight - he talked of his "ball on a string" - and tended to beat batsmen in the air rather than off the pitch. And the arm ball was hard to spot. His batting was more straightforward, and consisted of the shuffle to square leg when facing the fast bowlers or the optimistic waft outside off stump. Known as The Cat because of his love of dressing-room naps, he purred into action in his fifth Test against West Indies at The Oval in 1991, and produced another matchwinning performance in Christchurch that winter. But a troubled private life, a strained relationship with the establishment, and some uninspired captaincy meant he has been in and out of the team since then. Only occasionally has he returned to his mischievous, attacking best, although his Middlesex career, kickstarted by an irresistible partnership with John Emburey, never stalled. In April 2003, however, he abruptly retired from first-class cricket, to become the unlikely star of a reality TV show. Rarely seen without a beer and a fag, Tufnell has always been something of a folk hero, and he milked that to the full to carve out a successful career on TV and radio.
Lawrence Booth

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Aug 21, 2007

Phil Tufnell seen enjoying the cricket,  England v India, 1st ODI, Southampton, August 21, 2007

Phil Tufnell seen enjoying the action at Southampton

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Jan 23, 2006

The cover of <I>Tuffer's Duffer</I>

The cover of Tuffer's Duffer

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Jan 22, 2004

Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell

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Tour Results
Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS) - Apr 3-7, 2012
England won by 8 wickets
Sri Lanka v England at Galle - Mar 26-29, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 75 runs
SLC Dev XI v England XI at Colombo (SSC) - Mar 20-22, 2012
England XI won by 4 wickets
SL Board XI v England XI at Colombo (RPS) - Mar 15-17, 2012
England XI won by an innings and 15 runs
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