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John Simpson

England|Wicketkeeper Batter
John Simpson
INTL CAREER: 2021 - 2021
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Full Name

John Andrew Simpson

Born

July 13, 1988, Bury, Lancashire

Age

35y 228d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

John Simpson, a neat and reliable wicketkeeper capable of useful contributions with the bat, has been Middlesex's first-choice wicketkeeper for nearly a decade since fighting off competition from Ben Scott and David Nash. He has had his admirers among Middlesex supporters who proposed him for England Test honours, but a first-class average hovering in the early 30s never really advanced those claims.

However, for one extraordinary week in July 2021, Simpson's dream of England recognition came true, when he was called up as part of a scratch ODI side to face Pakistan, led by the previously injured Ben Stokes, following a Covid outbreak that had caused the entire first-choice squad to go into isolation. Simpson played all three games, claiming nine catches in a 3-0 clean sweep, including five in the innings on his home ground at Lord's.

Prior to that, Simpson's career highlight had come on a memorable final afternoon at Taunton in 2016, when his 79 not out from 80 balls, rounded off with two legside sixes, completed a thrilling Middlesex run chase that proved to be an inspirational factor in a season that brought their first Championship title for 23 years. A hundred against Hampshire in May that year, the fifth first-class hundred of his career, was another strikingly fluent display.

Simpson played first-team Lancashire League cricket for Haslingden when only ten years old and went on to represent Lancashire in every age group from Under-11 upwards. Yet, despite appearing for Lancashire seconds and earning his first England Under-19s call-up for the 2005 tour of Bangladesh, it took a move to Middlesex to realise his ambition of becoming a professional cricketer. Initially given a short contract at Lord's, the left-handed batsman-keeper really came into his own during the 2011 season when 869 runs at 43.45 and 65 victims behind the stumps played a big part in the county's promotion campaign. Division One runs initially proved harder to come by but Simpson's keeping almost always impressed and in 2014 he had the satisfaction of hitting two Championship hundreds to cement his place in the side.


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John Simpson Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
ODIs320201710.003164.51002090
FC201320459068167*32.971904247.62105211815862638
List A1038112178282*25.82207785.7908168219821
T20s16414624265584*21.762047129.7009187978829

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
ODIs3------------
FC201218230---7.66-000
List A103------------
T20s164------------
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Recent Matches of John Simpson

MatchBatWktDateGroundFormat
Middlesex vs Notts26 & 93c/1s & 1c/1s26-Sep-2023NottinghamFC
Middlesex vs Warwickshire0 & 132c/0s & 0c/1s19-Sep-2023Lord'sFC
Middlesex vs Lancashire12c/2s10-Sep-2023ManchesterFC
Middlesex vs Essex16 & 321c/0s & 2c/1s04-Sep-2023ChelmsfordFC
Middlesex vs Yorkshire29*2c/0s22-Aug-2023RadlettList A

Photos of John Simpson

John Simpson played an important hand
Dan Lawrence smacked 51 off 35 balls
John Simpson works one to the leg side
Ben Stokes gets down to reverse-sweep
John Simpson's blitz took Northern Superchargers to 200
John Simpson, Dane Vilas and Chris Lynn celebrate a wicket