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let’s remember some guys

ImpatientLime

International Debutant
Steve Rhodes

An odd (read: Raymond Illingworth inspired) selection as England's test keeper in 1994 whose 11 match tenure was a bit of an interregnum between the Jack Russell and the Alec Stewart eras. Although the noble Gloucestershire eccentric master gloveman was recalled to the colours periodically thereafter, the gaffer was mostly saddled with keeping for the next decade.

Anyhoo, Raymondo had some strongly held ideas about selection (essentially Yorkshire and allrounders: good; Gus Fraser and specialists: bad) and dear old Bumpy (Bumpy Rhodes, you see?) was the beneficiary/victim of this.

Although a Worcestershire stalwart by the time of his selection, Rhodes had started his career with God's Own County and was a native son of France, hailing from Bradford as he did.

Illingworth wanted to use another Frenchman (albeit one with an Ocker accent) in Craig White at #6 to give his test XI a fifth bowling option and let it be known his keeper needed to score runs from #7, tacitly admitting he didn't much fancy Jack's batting by calling up Bumpy for the first time.

Started pretty well against NZ in the first series of the summer, 49 on debut & batting out the final day at Lord's to secure a draw with 8 wickets down, but then looked less at home against RSA's bowlers in the second rubber of 94, despite an average boosting 65* on a uncharacteristically flat Headingley, which was to remain his only test 50, in fact.

It was felt (by Illingworth) that Rhodes had done enough for the winter's Ashes where, with admirably selectorial consistency, he was given all five tests, got into double figures twice, averaged 9 for the series, was generally thoroughly cornholed by McDermott & never played for his country again.
he went to great lengths did raymundo to keep the countries and arguably worlds best keeper out of the side.

even richard blakey (another yorkie) got picked over russell in 1993s terrible tour to india.

richard blakey
test match caps - 2
innings - 4
runs - 7
HS - 6
AVG - 1.75
catches - 2

now i know jack wasn't matt prior with the bat but sweet zombie jesus he didn't deserve to lose his place to these blokes.

Blakey recalled. "The other thing was the men around the bat. You wonder, 'How am I going to get a run?'" He finished with seven runs in the series. :laugh:
 
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he went to great lengths did raymundo to keep the countries and arguably worlds best keeper out of the side.

even richard blakey (another yorkie) got picked over russell in 1993s terrible tour to india.

richard blakey
test match caps - 2
innings - 4
runs - 7
HS - 6
AVG - 1.75
catches - 2

now i know jack wasn't matt prior with the bat but sweet zombie jesus he didn't deserve to lose his place to these blokes.

Blakey recalled. "The other thing was the men around the bat. You wonder, 'How am I going to get a run?'" He finished with seven runs in the series. :laugh:
Lmao I followed that series and I can't even remember who he is. There was this guy Paul Jarvis who looked decent.
 

Dan

Global Moderator
he went to great lengths did raymundo to keep the countries and arguably worlds best keeper out of the side.

even richard blakey (another yorkie) got picked over russell in 1993s terrible tour to india.

richard blakey
test match caps - 2
innings - 4
runs - 7
HS - 6
AVG - 1.75
catches - 2

now i know jack wasn't matt prior with the bat but sweet zombie jesus he didn't deserve to lose his place to these blokes.

Blakey recalled. "The other thing was the men around the bat. You wonder, 'How am I going to get a run?'" He finished with seven runs in the series. :laugh:
I always combine Warren Hegg and Richard Blakey's Test careers in my mind. Like, I know that both of them existed as long-term county 'keepers and don't conflate them as individuals, but my brain struggles to conceptualise that it was in fact both of them that got stints in the Test side.
 

jimmy101

Cricketer Of The Year
Is Jack Russell part of anyone's boyz club here? Top shelf 'keeper who's favorite meal during matches was a bowl of corn flakes soaked in warm milk for a prescribed amount of time. Delish.
 

TheJediBrah

Hall of Fame Member
Is Jack Russell part of anyone's boyz club here? Top shelf 'keeper who's favorite meal during matches was a bowl of corn flakes soaked in warm milk for a prescribed amount of time. Delish.
Dunno what clubs he's a part of but he's not a guy. Way too long a career.

Chris Read maybe? Around for a long time but didn't play all that much. One of the last of the era of specialist keepers.
 

trundler

Hall of Fame Member
I always combine Warren Hegg and Richard Blakey's Test careers in my mind. Like, I know that both of them existed as long-term county 'keepers and don't conflate them as individuals, but my brain struggles to conceptualise that it was in fact both of them that got stints in the Test side.
I can't tell apart Varun Aaron and Vinay Kumar
 

TheJediBrah

Hall of Fame Member
Lee Germon, one of the few who captained his country despite being a guy
Ah fair enough. I misinterpreted.

Personally I was a fan of Read. Really compact looking keeper. One third of the Read/Nixon/Jones mid 2000's Pommy 'keeper triad.
Nixon was a funny one. IIRC he was really old when he was selected for the ODIs in Aus in 2006/07. Same series as Mal Loye, seemed to do alright, couple of handy knocks down the order.
 

jimmy101

Cricketer Of The Year
I don't know too much about Germon, but from what I understand he was an establishment guy favoured by the NZ cricket board which at the time was hell bent on forcing guys like Mark Greatbatch & Ken Rutherford out of the side in favour of young blood. Sort of a similar story to Paine in that he was brought in as a specialist captain right away.

And yeah, Nixon. Holy crap, was 37(!) when he received his first intl. cap.
 

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