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Full name Ronald William Hooker
Born February 22, 1935, Lower Clapton, London
Current age 79 years 191 days
Major teams Buckinghamshire, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|List A span||1963-1975|
Ron Hooker was a hard-hitting batsman and lively medium-pace bowler who played exactly 300 matches for Middlesex before ending his career with Buckinghamshire. His allround ability made him particularly effective in one-day cricket, although that format was in its infancy for much of his career. In one of his last appearances in 1970 he took 6 for 6 off eight overs against Surrey in the John Player League. He passed 1000 runs in a season twice, his best summer coming in 1958 when he made 1449 runs, with 12 fifties but only one hundred. In 1965 he took 90 wickets, a return which led many to consider him a probable call-up for that winter's Ashes ... but that call never came. Fittingly, his final big day out was at Lord's when Buckinghamshire met Middlesex in the first round of the Gillette Cup. There was no fairytale ending, however, as Hooker made 0.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?