Michael Atherton , the current 33 year old opening batsman for England, captained the side in a record 52 tests, and averaged about 33.5 in tests over his career. This man truly has an astonishing temperement, battling for 10 hours against the best bowlers in the world in South African high summer to score 185 not out and save the match. A quiet and determined man, he plays very straight and orthodox shots, occasionally showing flair in his flowing drives, and only when his concentration slips does he show signs of weakness. Sadly, this excellent batsman may well retire at the end of this summer- his back is well and truly buggered . He's had a love/hate relationship with the press- more than is normal, even. Should this strong solid batsman and super-sharp slip fielder leave, it would be much to England's loss. Like they can afford it.

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Born: 23 March 1968, Failsworth, Manchester, Lancashire
Major Teams: Cambridge University, Lancashire, England.
Known As: Mike Atherton
Pronounced: Mike Atherton
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Leg Break



Test Debut: England v Australia at Nottingham, 5th Test, 1989
Latest Test: England v Australia at The Oval, 5th Test, 2001
ODI Debut: England v India at Leeds, Texaco Trophy, 1990
Latest ODI: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Emirates Triangular Tournament, 1998
First-Class Debut: 1987

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1991



Career Statistics:

TESTS
 (including 23/08/2001)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave     SR 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  115  212   7  7728  185*  37.69  37.31  16  46   83   0

                      O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling              68     12   302    2 151.00  1-20    0   0 204.0  4.44

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS
 (including 20/08/1998)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave     SR 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   54   54   3  1791  127   35.11  58.64   2  12   15   0

                      O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling               -      -     -    -    -     -      -   -    -    -

FIRST-CLASS
 (1987 - 2001)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  336  584  47 21929  268*  40.83  54 107  268   0

                      O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling            1496.5  288  4733  108  43.82  6-78    3   0  83.1  3.16

LIST A LIMITED OVERS
 (1987 - 2001)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  287  279  23  9343  127   36.49  14  59  111   0

                      O       R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling             135.2   711   24  29.62  4-42    1   0  33.8  5.25
All stats from www.cricket.org

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