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Bill Athey

England|Top order Batter
Bill Athey
INTL CAREER: 1980 - 1988
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Full Name

Charles William Jeffrey Athey


September 27, 1957, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire


66y 151d


Jeckyl, Bumper, Wingnut

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Top order Batter


5ft 11in


Acklam Hall High School





Bill Athey probably never really fulfilled his potential in the Test arena. His 23 Test appearances were spread over eight years, which tells a story in itself; he was often dropped and recalled, which always makes it difficult for a player to find the consistency he needs. He made his debut in the Centenary Test at Lord's in 1980 and eight years later appeared in the Bicentenary Test in Sydney, one of only three England players to feature in both games - John Emburey and Mike Gatting being the others. One-day internationals provided him with richer pickings. Athey hit two centuries and top-scored for England before being run out in their World Cup final defeat against Australia at Calcutta in 1987. He was suspended for playing in South Africa in 1990, but the suspension was remitted two years later. Athey made his debut for his native Yorkshire in 1976 before moving to Gloucestershire in 1984. He captained the side in 1989 and scored four hundreds in successive innings while there. In 1993 he moved to Sussex, and passed 25,000 first-class runs when he made an unbeaten century against Somerset in 1997. He retired at the end of that season and joined Worcestershire as coach but left New Road at the end of 2000.
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Bill Athey Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A4594394813240142*33.86--1289--1711


List A459-15961399475/355/3529.765.2533.9310
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Photos of Bill Athey

Bill Athey batting during the 1987 World Cup final
The England cricket team line up before leaving for Australia and the Ashes tour 1986/87
Bill Athey helps substitute keeper Bob Taylor put his pads on while Roland Butcher holds the gloves
Bruce Laird takes a catch to dismiss Bill Athey off Len Pascoe