Ian Blackwell

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Ian Blackwell
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Personal information
Full name Ian David Blackwell
Born (1978-06-10) 10 June 1978 (age 36)
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Nickname Blackie, Blackdog, Donkey, Le Donk
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 629) 1 March 2006 v India
ODI debut (cap 170) 18 September 2002 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 15 April 2006 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2012 Warwickshire (Loan)
2009–2012 Durham
2000–2008 Somerset
1997–1999 Derbyshire
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 1 34 210 254
Runs scored 4 403 11,595 5,765
Batting average 4.00 14.92 39.57 27.19
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 27/64 3/34
Top score 4 82 247* 134*
Balls bowled 114 1,230 31,618 8,885
Wickets 0 24 398 207
Bowling average 36.54 35.91 34.30
5 wickets in innings 0 0 14 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/26 7/52 5/26
Catches/stumpings 0/– 3/– 66/– 64/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 18 October 2012

Ian David Blackwell (born 10 June 1978, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England) is a retired English cricketer.[1] A left-arm orthodox spinner and powerful middle-order batsman, he played for England in one-day and Test sides, and lastly played county cricket for Warwickshire in the second half of the 2012 season.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

Somerset CCC[edit]

He started off his career at Derbyshire, before moving to Somerset in 2000 following a dispute with Derbyshire captain Dominic Cork. He was appointed captain of Somerset for the last part of the 2005 season after the departure of Graeme Smith. Having been appointed official captain for 2006, he had shoulder surgery and missed almost all of the season.

Durham CCC[edit]

After the 2008 season, Blackwell left Somerset and joined Durham.[3] Also a factor in his departure from Somerset was Blackwell's struggles with fitness and disagreements with the captain, Justin Langer.[4] Despite having struggled with his fitness, Blackwell managed to lose 10 kg (22 lb) over the winter.[5] On his first-class debut for Durham, in the opening match of the 2009 English season, Blackwell scored a century against the Marylebone Cricket Club, featuring a bowling line up including England hopefuls Sajid Mahmood, Kabir Ali, Tim Bresnan, and Adil Rashid.[4]

Warwickshire CCC[edit]

Entering the 2012 season, having been afflicted by a second shoulder operation, Blackwell played few matches in the first half of the season for Durham. The county then agreed to loan him from August to Warwickshire, who required coverage for the four-week absence of spinner Jeetan Patel.[6]

In March 2013, Durham announced the termination of Blackwell's contract and his immediate retirement form professional cricket. After a third shoulder operation over the winter, Blackwell had been diagnosed with arthritis in his left shoulder.[1]

International career[edit]

Blackwell was called up for the England Test squad after Ashley Giles had to withdraw from the 2006 tour to India. After impressing in warm-up matches, he was selected for the 1st Test against India on 1 March in Nagpur. However, he was not frequently used by captain Andrew Flintoff, only bowling six fairly expensive overs in the first Indian innings, in comparison to fellow left arm spinner Monty Panesar's 42 overs. In the second Indian innings, Blackwell was initially more economical but as India went on an audacious chase of the huge total set to them by England, he was brought on to prevent the batsmen from scoring quickly, but conceded 18 runs in his first over. This came after a nervous innings of only 4 in his only opportunity with the bat, and Blackwell was subsequently dropped for the second Test, replaced by Liam Plunkett.

Blackwell remained first choice spinner for the ODI series however. Although England lost the series 5–1, Blackwell's performances were encouraging and seemed to indicate he was ready to hold down a regular place in the side. Ten overs in the first ODI went for just 24 runs at the same time as picking up one wicket, his cheapest ever spell in an ODI, while he also picked up figures of 2–39 and 2–21. Blackwell looked set to make another Test match appearance against Sri Lanka, but suffered a shoulder injury which derailed his season. As a consequence he was replaced as spinner in England's ODI side, and was subsequently overlooked by the selectors.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Injury ends all-rounder's professional career". BBC Sport. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Cricinfo.com
  3. ^ Cricinfo staff (18 November 2008), Ian Blackwell signs for Durham, Cricinfo.com, retrieved 10 April 2009 
  4. ^ a b Andrew McGlashan (10 April 2009), Blackwell hopes for fresh start after early ton, Cricinfo.com, retrieved 10 April 2009 
  5. ^ Leaner Blackwell hits Durham ton, BBC Online, 10 April 2009, retrieved 10 April 2009 
  6. ^ "Warwickshire loan move for Durham spinner Ian Blackwell". BBC Sport. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Graeme Smith
Somerset County Cricket Captain
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Justin Langer