Ian James Ward
September 30, 1972, Plymouth, Devon
Stumpy, The Chimp, The Gnome, Cocker
Left hand Bat
Right arm Medium
Proof that club cricketers can play for England, Ian Ward was given a second chance by Surrey in 1997, five years after his first. This time he made the most of it. At first he was the bricks and mortar among a penthouse of international stars, but he slowly became an indispensable part of the furniture, combining a solid opener's technique with a calm temperament that underpinned Surrey's quest for three Championship titles in four seasons from 1999 to 2002. And when England A took him to the Caribbean in 2000-01, he batted for over 42 hours on the less-than-friendly pitches to earn himself a slot in England's middle-order against Pakistan and Australia that summer. Unsurprisingly, he was soon found out by Glenn McGrath, but he returned to the county game a stronger player for the experience. Ward is strong off his pads and almost elegant through the covers, where he also fields with the enthusiasm of a new-born lamb. He still harbours hopes of an England recall, and with that in mind, he moved south to Sussex at the end of 2003. He retired from first-class cricket in 2005 to pursue a career as a full-time cricket presenter and commentator.
Batting & Fielding