Full name Gareth Jon Batty
Born October 13, 1977, Bradford, Yorkshire
Current age 39 years 14 days
Major teams England, Surrey, Surrey Cricket Board, Worcestershire, Yorkshire
Nickname Boris, Nora
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 5 ft 11 in
Education Bingley Grammar
Relation Brother - JD Batty
|Test debut||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 21-25, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||Bangladesh v England at Chittagong, Oct 20-24, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 13, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Only T20I||West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 15, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Bangladesh v England at Chittagong, Oct 20-24, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||1998|
|Last List A||Surrey v Warwickshire at Lord's, Sep 17, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Worcestershire v Northamptonshire at Worcester, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1*, 1/51, 3, 3/65||England||v Bangladesh||Chittagong||20 Oct 2016||Test # 2225|
|2/55, 1||England XI||v BCB XI||Chittagong||16 Oct 2016||Other|
|2/31||England XI||v BCB XI||Chittagong||14 Oct 2016||Other|
|0, 0/15||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Lord's||17 Sep 2016||LA|
|0/24, 29, 12||Surrey||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|41*, 1/118||Surrey||v Hampshire||The Oval||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|1/37||Surrey||v Yorkshire||Leeds||28 Aug 2016||LA|
|0/28, 16, 2/67||Surrey||v Lancashire||The Oval||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|0/49, 3||Surrey||v Northants||Northampton||18 Aug 2016||LA|
|27, 11*, 2/27||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||13 Aug 2016||FC|
A feisty competitor, whether as an offspinner or a useful lower-order batsman, Gareth Batty's leadership qualities have also done great service to Surrey. He managed seven Tests and 10 ODIs for England along the way which rarely brought him widespread recognition but added to the respect in which he was held in the game - a respect that was reflected in a surprise return to the Test squad in 2016, a few weeks before Batty's 39th birthday, for the tour of Bangladesh.
Batty had to jink around to find a regular first-team spot. Born in Bradford, he played for Yorkshire in 1997 before moving south to try his luck with Surrey. The young man then went west to Worcester, for whom he took 56 wickets with his offspin in 2002. That won him a spot at the England Academy in Adelaide in 2002-03, and the selectors sent for him as they cast around for reinforcements during that winter's injury-plagued tour of Australia. Batty played two one-day internationals in Australia, impressing with his tight lines and aggressive fielding, and with that in mind he was included in England's 14-man squad for the 2004 Champions Trophy.
Doubts persisted about whether he turned it enough to trouble Test batsmen, but he was nevertheless selected for England's trip to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2003. It was an eventful tour - he came close to drowning in a surfing accident in Galle, and at times struggled to keep his head above water with the ball. His batting against Muttiah Muralitharan, on the other hand, was a revelation, and he was instrumental in saving back-to-back Tests at Galle and Kandy. However, since then his chances have been limited to the occasional stand-in role, most notably during the Test in Antigua when Brian Lara reached 400.
Despite consistent seasons for Worcestershire he was overtaken by other spinners, but was briefly recalled to the one-day squad to face West Indies in 2009. Not content with the ambition shown at Worcestershire he made himself available to switch counties in the 2009 summer and was snapped up on a sizeable deal by Surrey - a move that led to him being heckled by the crowd on his return to New Road.
In 2011, he played an important role part in bringing the CB40 trophy to south London, taking 13 wickets at 23.15. However, the next two years amounted to picking up the pieces. Batty assumed the captaincy when Rory Hamilton Brown took time away from the role and the game after Tom Maynard's tragic death, leading a shell-shocked dressing room with considerable dignity and helping them avoid relegation in 2012.
He was unable to repeat the trick the following year when he had to step back into the captaincy void, this time left by Graeme Smith after he succumbed to a chronic ankle injury, which ruled him out for most of the season and eventually forced his retirement. Surrey finished bottom of Division One, winning only one game. Their run to FLt20 Finals Day was more memorable, though Batty's participation in the competition was ended by an unsavoury altercation with Peter Trego in Surrey's televised quarter final against Somerset at The Oval. The ECB found him guilty of two level two breaches of conduct and he was subsequently banned for two games, missing the semi-final and final. Age had not dimmed Batty's competitive and, in 2014, he suggested that he was bowling better than ever and could still perform a role for England. He took career best figures of 8 for 68 in his first game of the season, after an injury-ruined start, and ended with 39 wickets at 23.46 apiece. In a young side, his experience was also of great value.
When Surrey were promoted back to Division One and reached the Royal London One-Day Cup final in 2015, Batty was still at the helm, in charge of another exciting young team. He had shepherded Surrey through some of the club's darkest days, never forgetting the past but allowing his new charges to dream of the future, and he deserved great credit for that.
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