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Matt Parkinson

Matt Parkinson
INTL CAREER: 2019 - 2022
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Full Name

Matthew William Parkinson


October 24, 1996, Bolton, Lancashire


26y 221d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style


Playing Role



Bolton School


CF Parkinson

(twin brother)

A chirpy legspinner from Bolton, Matt Parkinson was the most prolific white-ball wicket-taker in the country for two seasons before earning an England call-up for the 2019-20 tour of New Zealand. Unlike most modern wristspinners, Parkinson bowls slowly and tosses the ball up above the eyeline, relying on prodigious natural turn and drift rather than pace and variations to take his wickets.

He made his Test debut in the summer of 2022, hot-footing it from his home in Manchester to Lord's - via Old Trafford to pick up his kit, and Keele services - after Jack Leach went down with a concussion. He took one wicket - Tim Southee, caught at slip - in England's victory, but struggled against India in a pair of T20Is and slipped down the pecking order as the year wore on. He spent the 2022-23 winter at home in the nets, working on his action, then travelled to Zimbabwe to play first-class and T20 cricket for the Mashonaland Eagles.

Parkinson became the youngest Lancashire player to take five wickets on debut when he claimed 5 for 49 against Warwickshire in 2016 as a 19-year-old, but it was in white-ball cricket that he really grew to prominence. He won an ECB overseas placement with Gordon, the New South Wales club side for 2016-17, and spent time working with Stuart MacGill while in Australia.

England Lions recognition soon followed, and he was the leading spinner in both limited-overs competitions in 2018. He recovered from a stress fracture in time to take 21 Blast wickets in 2019 and send Lancashire through to the quarter-finals, and while Championship opportunities were limited, he impressed enough in his few appearances to earn an England call-up for both T20I and Test squads.

He took five wickets in his six overs when handed a T20I debut in New Zealand, though the tour to South Africa that followed was less successful: his (lack of) pace came under scrutiny during his two ODI appearances, and he was leap-frogged by Dom Bess in the Test reckoning.

An ankle injury suffered in England's limited-overs bubble set him back in 2020 and he carried the drinks throughout the subcontinent tour in early 2021. Upon his return to Lancashire, he bowled a ball-of-the-century contender in the first month of the Championship season, which pitched outside leg and pegged back Adam Rossington's off stump.

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Matt Parkinson Career Stats


List A302915101318475/515/5128.045.2332.1220

Batting & Fielding

List A301295015*16.669055.55004050
Matthew William Parkinson

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Recent Matches of Matt Parkinson

Lancashire vs Yorkshire--0/1401-Jun-2023LeedsT20
Lancashire vs Bears01/1829-May-2023BirminghamT20
Lancashire vs Notts--0/2927-May-2023ManchesterT20
Lancashire vs Leics--1/2325-May-2023ManchesterT20
Lancashire vs Derbyshire--0/2620-May-2023BirminghamT20

Photos of Matt Parkinson

Matt Parkinson in action
Matt Parkinson claims the lbw of Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Matt Parkinson took three wickets in three overs
Matt Parkinson was the last wicket to fall as India sealed a 49-run win
Matt Parkinson dismissed Tim Southee for his first Test wicket
Matt Parkinson bowls on his Test debut after he came in as a concussion substitute for Jack Leach