Full name Mervyn John Kitchen
Born August 1, 1940, Nailsea, Somerset
Current age 76 years 234 days
Major teams Somerset
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class span||1960 - 1979|
|List A span||1969 - 1979|
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 21-26, 1990 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Zimbabwe at Nottingham, Jun 1-5, 2000 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Zimbabwe at Nottingham, Jun 9, 1983 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Leeds, Jun 17, 2001 scorecard|
Mervyn Kitchen was a home-grown, ruddy-faced Somerset lad who came through the junior ranks but had to serve his time in the 2nd XI despite performing well on his few first-team opportunities. A left-hand batsman who loved to play off the front foot, he finally secured a regular place in 1966 when he ended the season at the top of the county batting averages. In 1968 he moved from the middle to the top of the order, again topping the averages with five hundreds. But thereafter his form was spasmodic, and he missed much of 1974 and all of 1975 with injuries. He returned in 1976 before finally surrendering to his crumbling body and retiring in 1979. He was elevated to the first-class umpires list in 1982, standing in 20 Tests and 28 ODIs between 1983 and 2001. He retired from umpiring in 2005.
Martin Williamson (October 2005)
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
On a pitch most suited for him on this tour, David Warner, the T20-specialist-turned-Test star, got his eye in and then played a wasteful shot. The grown-up knock came from another T20 specialist, instead: Glenn Maxwell
Sudhir Gautam, uber Tendulkar fan, is now rooting for a new sport
Three days ahead of the fourth Test, the surface at the HPCA Stadium wore a smattering of grass. Will that, or Mohammed Shami's availability, subject to fitness, change India's combination?
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