I remember the tangible excitement of Hick making his début as if it was yesterday..
How time flies.
Yep it was so hyped and seems like yesterday.Flopped as dramatically as the kid who made his debut in the same series.Arguably the 2 most gifted English players in the last 20 years but neither had any bottle.
Good read, enjoyed. Was a big Hick fan and was very disappointed he never fully cracked it at the highest level. Personally I think the ridiculous number of times was a big reason he was never able to replicate his county form. Everytime he went out to bat he must have felt he was always one bad innings away from the drop. Tough conditions for anyone to perform in as regularly as he had to.
Gotta love Big Merv.
Seems strange though how Crawley had a better test record than both Hick and Ramps and was given far fewer chances though.Sums up the stupid regimes we had in charge through the 90's.
Hick never had any luck look in the era he had to play test cricket in, against bowlers like
All these bowlers where at the peak when Hick started playing.
McGrath was a fine bowler during the 90s but by no means did he peak until post 2000.
I must confess that one place I didn't bother to look when researching the feature was Merv's biography though I have looked at it now.
According to that at the Oval in 1993 when, finally, Hick got a few runs against Merv (he scored 80 and 36 and Merv didn't get him in either innings) dear old Merv was allegedly the first to congratulate him.
Merv's biographer also quotes Hick as saying that one of his greatest regrets in the game came when he had a bowl at Merv in that game - by all accounts Merv got a snick and was caught but didn't move and nor did the umpire's finger - Hicky desperately wanted to sledge him and knew he ought to but couldn't think what to say so said nothing.
Hick seems to have been even more unfairly treated in his ODI career, where he was an excellent middle order bat. Or is his lack of ODI game time simply as a result of England not playing much ODI cricket until the late 90s?
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