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Derek Pringle
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Derek Pringle

England|bowler
Derek Pringle

INTL CAREER: 1982 - 1993

Full Name

Derek Raymond Pringle

Born

September 18, 1958, Nairobi, Kenya

Age

62y 210d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Playing Role

Bowler

Height

6ft 4in

Education

Felsted School; Cambridge

relations

(father)

Other

Commentator

TEAMS

When the chairman of selectors Peter May plucked 23-year-old Derek Pringle from Cambridge to the England team in 1982, amateur psychologists had a rare treat. People speculated that May, a man with four daughters, saw in Pringle the son he never had. He was certainly not the son he would have expected. The most fluent undergraduate stroke player in a generation turned out to be primarily a medium-pace bowler who could use his 6ft 4in to generate swing and bounce and play occasionally effective innings in the mid to late-order. He hardly thought like the strait-laced May either: Pringle, the first England cricketer to wear an ear-ring, had eclectic tastes in reading, slightly outre tastes in music and lateral thought processes. Spectators, especially outside Essex, derided him constantly - as an ungainly under-achiever who lumbered round the field. But he retained the confidence even of captains as stern as Graham Gooch, since he was adaptable, dependable and, beneath the unconventional veneer, loyal. His overall record with bat and ball was unimpressive for someone who played 30 Tests. May - who disliked the press - might have been more horrified by his subsequent career as cricket correspondent of The Independent, latterly, The Daily Telegraph.
Matthew Engel

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test305252872518705/957/12035.972.8575.50230
ODI444423791677444/424/4238.114.2254.00100
FC29545139202307617/1826.5859.30253
List A31615410103953835/125/1227.1440.20550
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test305046956315.10243928.4901662100
ODI44301242549*23.6161668.9900263110
FC29540578924312828.2610481530
List A31624557487381*25.92029870
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Photos


Derek Pringle headshot
Derek Pringle sweeps
Captain John Emburey isn't happy with England's performance. Bowler Derek Pringle sits next to him
Former England captain Mike Brearely sits with current captain John Emburey and manager Micky Stewart in the balcony, and bowler Derek Pringle stands at the back
Viv Richards lofts Derek Pringle on his way to 189*
Derek Pringle