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Full name Harry Frederick Gurney
Born October 25, 1986, Nottingham
Current age 28 years 153 days
Major teams England, England Lions, Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Garendon High School; Loughborough Grammar School; University of Leeds
Relation Brother - JH Gurney
|ODI debut||Scotland v England at Aberdeen, May 9, 2014 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Dec 16, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, May 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v India at Birmingham, Sep 7, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Leicestershire v Northamptonshire at Leicester, Sep 5-8, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Nottingham, Sep 15-18, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Leicestershire v Ireland at Leicester, May 4, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa A v England Lions at Benoni, Feb 5, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Leicester, May 28, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||England v India at Birmingham, Sep 7, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/57, 0*||Eng Lions||v Sth Africa A||Benoni||5 Feb 2015||LA|
|0*, 2/42||Eng Lions||v Sth Africa A||Kimberley||28 Jan 2015||LA|
|3/26||Eng Lions||v Sth Africa A||Bloemfontein||25 Jan 2015||LA|
|1/60, 6*||England||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||16 Dec 2014||ODI # 3569|
|1, 0/32||England||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||29 Nov 2014||ODI # 3557|
|0/66, 1*||England||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||26 Nov 2014||ODI # 3554|
|2/77, 10, 0/93, 6||Notts||v Sussex||Nottingham||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|1/124, 15, 0*||Notts||v Yorkshire||Nottingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|1/29||England||v India||Birmingham||7 Sep 2014||T20I # 405|
|3, 1/51||England||v India||Birmingham||2 Sep 2014||ODI # 3523|
Harry Gurney, a left-arm seamer with an ungainly action and intelligent variations, won opportunities for England in one-day cricket in 2014 in the first home series under the new set-up of Peter Moores as national coach and James Whitaker as national selector. After making an ODI debut against Scotland in Aberdeen, he acquitted himself ably in five ODIs against Sri Lanka - his best return coming with four wickets at Lord's - but only made one further appearance against India in the one-day series at the end of the season. Selection followed for an ODI series in Sri Lanka - his first overseas tour.
Gurney's reputation began to blossom in 2013 when he finished the Championship season as Nottinghamshire's leading wicket-taker, taking 44 wickets at 30, enough to catch the eye of the England management who invited him to pre-Ashes nets along with another left-arm quick, Tymal Mills, to prepare England (unsuccessfully as it turned out) for an expected onslaught from Mitchell Johnson.
Gurney's success in white-ball cricket had also captured the attention. More good news followed when he was picked in the England squad for a limited-overs tour of West Indies and named as a travelling reserve for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. He had a habit of taking top-order wickets and was adept bowling yorkers at the death. Add England's constant craving for left-arm quick bowlers and he had much to commend him.
Gurney played club cricket for Loughborough Town before graduating through Leicestershire's age group system. He missed most of 2007 with an ankle injury but made his first-class debut towards the end of the season and picked up a couple of wickets against Northamptonshire. In early 2008, while playing for Leeds-Bradford University, he showed his promise by removing Michael Vaughan and Jacques Rudolph.
His county career briefly hit problems in 2009 when after winning three summer contracts while studying economics at Leeds University, he was released by Leicestershire and invited to prove himself worthy of a contract the following April, something he initially refused before buckling down to win favour. He remained something of a short-format specialist and was Leicestershire's leading wicket-taker in the 2011 Friends Life t20 with 23 scalps, but he missed Leicestershire's Finals Day victory with a side strain.
His development as a four-day player made big strides after he joined Nottinghamshire at the end of the 2011 season - joining the likes of James Taylor and Stuart Broad in the move across the East Midlands in search of greater recognition. Gurney went on to take 21 wickets in 10 Championship appearances for his new county compared with three from only one opportunity for Leicestershire in 2011. When he doubled the tally in 2013, his reputation as a solid county performer had been established.
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.