Full name Gary Keedy
Born November 27, 1974, Sandal, Wakefield, Yorkshire
Current age 41 years 213 days
Major teams Lancashire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Yorkshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 5 ft 11 in
Education Garforth Comprehensive
|Last First-class||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Horsham, Jul 19-21, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||1995|
|Last List A||Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval, Aug 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lancashire v Leicestershire at Manchester, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 8, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3/45, 2/62||Notts||v Sussex||Horsham||19 Jul 2015||FC|
|0/5||Notts 2nd XI||v Worcs 2nd XI||Long Eaton||9 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|3/96, 0, 1/98, 0*||Notts||v Sussex||Nottingham||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|5/163, 4, 0||Notts||v Yorkshire||Nottingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|0/22, 0*, 4/86, 15*||Notts||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|2/17, 2/21||Notts 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Gosforth||5 Aug 2014||Other|
|1/64, 1/31||Notts 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Nettleworth||24 Jun 2014||Other|
|3/61, 0*, 6/101, 2*||Surrey||v Middlesex||The Oval||3 Sep 2013||FC|
|5/37, 3/111||Surr 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Wimbledon||28 Aug 2013||Other|
|0/34||Surr 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Cambridge||14 Aug 2013||Other|
Gary Keedy won much respect during a 23-year county career, the bulk of it with Lancashire, as a parsimonious left-arm spinner. Keedy played 215 of his 227 first-class games at Lancashire and helped them win 10 trophies before spells at Surrey and Nottinghamshire as he extended his career until the age of 40. He retired in 2015 with a haul of 696 first-class wickets and continued his association with Notts as a spin bowling coach and assistant physiotherapist.
Perhaps the closest he came to England recognition was In 2004 when he finished as the highest wicket-taker amongst English-qualified spinners, with 72 wickets, and was ever present in the relegated Lancashire side, often left with a huge workload on flat pitches. That followed the 2003 summer where he had claimed 60 scalps.
Wakefield-born Keedy left Yorkshire at the end of 1994, was capped by Lancashire in 2000 and named their player of the year in 2004. He was awarded a benefit in 2009 and was leading wicket-taker - with 61 dismissals - as Lancashire won the County Championship title in 2011. He claimed 50 wickets in a first-class season four times.
The turning point in his career was the arrival of Bobby Simpson as coach at Lancashire. Simpson told him he was good enough to be the frontline spinner and to have confidence in himself. Ironically, Lancashire then signed Muttiah Muralitharan, and were on the brink of bringing in Harbhajan Singh for the 2003 season, but Harbhajan suffered a finger injury, opening the door for Keedy - and he didn't looked back. The development of Monty Panesar closed the door on any international career, but he remained one of the most respected spinners on the county circuit.
Lancashire's Championship success in 2011 - ending a 77-year wait for the title - persuaded him to stay at the club despite strong interest from Warwickshire and Surrey. However, opportunities became increasingly limited with the emergence of fellow left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan and after the 2012 season he moved on to extend his career.
A spell at Nottinghamshire followed before he ended a 23-year career, at 40, in 2015 with 696 first-class wickets to his name. Recognising the potential of Notts' young offspinner Matt Carter, he took five wickets in his final match - an innings win against Sussex - and called it a day. He retained a role with Notts as a spin bowling coach and assistant physiotherapist.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane
Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by