Matches (13)
SL v AFG (1)
PSL 2024 (3)
NZ v AUS (1)
WCL 2 (1)
CWC Play-off (3)
WI 4-Day (4)

Full Name

Phillip Anthony Jason DeFreitas


February 18, 1966, Scotts Head, Dominica


58y 4d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast medium

Playing Role


With a side-on squint-cum-grimace, DeFreitas flings himself at the crease and throws both arms skywards at the same time. No matter that his action wouldn't win any beauty contests: at his peak, around 1991, he was one of England's most consistent seamers, combining away movement, inswing and legcutters. He would later add offbreaks to his repertoire. His early promise earned him a Test debut in Australia at the age of 20, but his lack of firepower on overseas pitches meant he rarely extended his run of appearances beyond an English summer, and when Dominic Cork arrived on the scene in 1995, DeFreitas's Test career was over. As a batsman he took an age to mature - failing to score a Test fifty until his 23rd appearance - but he can be destructive and turned games at The Oval in 1994 and Adelaide the following winter with some fluent hitting over the top. A tendency to self-destruct, however, meant he never became the post-Botham allrounder England craved. In the field, his strong arm makes him a natural cover sweeper. His long and prolific county career began at Leicestershire, blossomed at Lancashire, where he helped win several one-day trophies, before taking him to Derbyshire and finally back to Leicestershire. His career finished in 2005, where it had all started in 1985 - at Grace Road - after he appeared for the PCA Masters in the first International 20:20 Championships.
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Phil DeFreitas Career Stats


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Phil DeFreitas
Phil Defreitas celebrates dismissing Adam Hollioake
Phil De Freitas, still firing on all cylinders
An appealing image of Philip DeFreitas
Phil DeFreitas on the 2002 season opening day
Phillip DeFreitas ; thumbnail portrait 2002