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    Neil Fairbrother ?

    what is he doing these days? i miss him so much, i think he was one England's best oneday batsmen but i also think he was always underrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dass View Post
    what is he doing these days? i miss him so much, i think he was one England's best oneday batsmen but i also think he was always underrated.
    He played his last ODI in 1999 and retired from county cricket in 2002. According to Cricinfo, he's now a player agent. Andrew Flintoff is one of his clients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    He played his last ODI in 1999 and retired from county cricket in 2002. According to Cricinfo, he's now a player agent. Andrew Flintoff is one of his clients.
    He's one of those who Flintoff has credited with motivating him to get in shape and make the most of his natural ability. So, indirectly responsible for the 2005 Ashes win.


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    one thing i dont understand is why did Fairbrother only play 75 ODI's in a career expanding from 1987 to 1999 ? . why was he dropped from the English team so many times in the middle of his career? and the weird thing is he was never really out of form, he was always averaging near 40 till the end of career.

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    From memory Neil Fairbrother was dropped for the first time when he averaged in the mid20s early in his career and he was played pretty consistently since his recall. England didn't play many ODIs. Of course, I could be hugely mistaken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dass View Post
    one thing i dont understand is why did Fairbrother only play 75 ODI's in a career expanding from 1987 to 1999 ? . why was he dropped from the English team so many times in the middle of his career? and the weird thing is he was never really out of form, he was always averaging near 40 till the end of career.
    That was before we played three ODIs a week... anyway, he never really established himself until WC 1991. Then got jettisoned after a poor WC 1996.
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    IIRC didn't he repeatedly get dropped due to England "looking to the future" and then recalled just before the World Cups due to us having no-one better?
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    Pretty much.

    Shame the same couldn't happen now with Ealham and Gough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    That was before we played three ODIs a week...
    Yeah, we made do with 3 a year back then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Pretty much.

    Shame the same couldn't happen now with Ealham and Gough.
    Did Fairbrother do a lot in the 1996 & 1999 WC's though? I'm not quibbling about his overall record, but I don't recall him being a great advert for recycling players who were past their best.

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    Fairbrother was top-notch after his final recall.

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    I always liked fairbrother. One of those batsmen that were fun to watch. Ealham was good to watch too (still is i spose)

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    What, with the bat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    What, with the bat?
    Yeh, im not saying he was great or anything. Didnt he score 90 in 30 balls in a 2020 last summer? Something always happens when hes batting. And uv gotta love that waddle to the crease when hes bowling lol

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