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Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton
Personal information
Full name Michael Andrew Atherton
Born 23 March 1968 (1968-03-23) (age 50)
Failsworth, Lancashire, England
Nickname Athers, Cockroach, Dread, Iron Mike, FEC
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg break
Role Batsman
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 538) August 10 1989 v Australia
Last Test August 27 2001 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 108) July 18 1990 v India
Last ODI August 20 1998 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1987-1989 Cambridge University
1987-2001 Lancashire
1987-1990 MCC
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs FC LA
Matches 115 54 336 287
Runs scored 7728 1791 21929 9343
Batting average 37.69 35.11 40.83 36.49
100s/50s 16/46 2/12 54/107 14/59
Top score 185* 127 268* 127
Balls bowled 408 0 8981 287
Wickets 2 - 108 24
Bowling average 151.00 - 43.82 29.62
5 wickets in innings 0 - 3 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/20 - 6/78 4/42
Catches/stumpings 83/- 15/- 268/- 111/-
Source: [1], September 1 2007


Michael Andrew Atherton, OBE (born March 23, 1968, in Failsworth, Lancashire, England) is a broadcaster, journalist and retired cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman for Lancashire and England, he captained England in a record 54 Test matches.


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