Phil Tufnell

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Phil Tufnell
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Personal information
Full name Philip Clive Roderick Tufnell
Born (1966-04-29) 29 April 1966 (age 47)
Barnet, London, England, UK
Nickname Tuffers, the Cat, Two Sugars, the Doctor
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler, commentator, author
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 547) 26 December 1990 v Australia
Last Test 23 August 2001 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 111) 7 December 1990 v New Zealand
Last ODI 20 February 1997 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1986–2002 Middlesex
1990 MCC
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 42 20 316 93
Runs scored 153 15 2,066 125
Batting average 5.10 15.00 9.69 8.92
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 22* 5* 67* 18
Balls bowled 11,288 1,020 76,934 4,663
Wickets 121 19 1,057 103
Bowling average 37.68 36.78 29.35 32.30
5 wickets in innings 5 0 53 1
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 6 n/a
Best bowling 7/47 4/22 8/29 5/28
Catches/stumpings 12/– 4/– 106/– 17/–
Source: CricInfo, 3 January 2008

Philip Clive Roderick "Phil" Tufnell (born 29 April 1966) is an English former cricketer turned television personality. A slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, played 42 Tests and 20 One Day International matches for England, as well as playing for Middlesex from 1986 to 2002. With 121 Test wickets, Tufnell is, as of 2009, 35th in the list of most wickets by an England bowler[1] and his average of 37.68 is considered high for a genuine bowler; however, Tufnell took over 1,000 wickets across all first-class cricket, and his personality, trademark behaviour and "great control of flight" when playing made him a popular sports personality.[2] Following his retirement in 2002, Tufnell has built on his popularity with several television appearances. These include I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! which he won, They Think It's All Over, A Question of Sport and Strictly Come Dancing.[3] He was presented with an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University on 20 July 2011, recognising his achievements in sport and the media.[4]

Early life[edit]

Tufnell was educated at Highgate School where his cricketing prowess was recognised and he was appointed captain of the Junior School's First XI despite the fact he was not yet in the top year. On leaving Highgate he attended, and played cricket for, Southgate School. He then trained as a quantity surveyor and was faced with the tough decision of whether to play cricket professionally or to continue surveying quantities. He chose to do the former.[5]

Cricket career[edit]

A graph showing Tufnell's Test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.

As a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler he played 42 Test matches and 20 One Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 2001, and 316 first-class matches, mainly for Middlesex. Tufnell was occasionally inspired with the ball, taking 11–93 against Australia at the Oval in 1997 (for which he won the Man of the Match award after England won by 19 runs) and seven wickets in an innings against the West Indies at the Oval in 1991, but he took his 121 Test wickets with a bowling average of 37.68 across his whole Test career. Mark Waugh theorised that "if you attack him, he can go on the defensive, and it puts him off his game",[6] although Waugh was Tufnell's most frequent test victim, being dismissed a total of seven times by him, three of them bowled.[7] According to Michael Parkinson, a British talk show host, "at the age of nine he was opening the bowling and the batting for his club's junior team". Parkinson also believes that his "ordinary fielding made him a luxury in the view of the ... (English cricket) management (circa August 1996)".[8] However his fielding did improve during his career. He was nicknamed "The Cat" due to his propensity to be found sleeping in the dressing room. He also acquired the nickname "Two Sugars" due to his well known love of tea. According to England teammate Mike Atherton, Tufnell smoked more than occasionally.[9]

During his career spanning over a decade with Middlesex, Tufnell took more than 1,000 first class wickets in the English game. His autobiography What Now ? ISBN 0-00-218816-3 was published in 1999.

Tufnell also received an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University on 20 July 2011 in recognition of his achievements in sport and the media.[10]

Television and radio career[edit]

Tufnell retired from professional cricket before the 2003 season in order to participate in the "reality television" show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! which he won, and was a team captain on the sports quiz show They Think It's All Over until 2005. In 2004, he made two guest appearances on the British soap opera Family Affairs. He also co-presented the game show Simply the Best that year. Tufnell also co-authored a humorous book, Phil Tufnell's' A To Z of Cricket with cricket journalist Adam Hathaway.[11]

Tufnell makes appearances as a summariser on BBC Radio's Test Match Special, first appearing in 2003. He has also hosted The Phil Tufnell Cricket Show on BBC Radio 5. Tufnell is a team captain on the BBC panel show A Question of Sport. He makes regular appearances as a reporter on BBCs The One Show and appears in one of the teams on BBC's Sport Relief Does The Apprentice.[12] On 12 April 2008, Tufnell and his wife Dawn were guests on the ITV show All Star Mr & Mrs.[13] where they won the top £30,000 prize for their chosen charity, the Children's Trust, Tadworth.

Tufnell made two guest appearances on the game show Hole in the Wall on 4 October 2008 and on 1 November 2008. Tufnell took part in series 7 of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, partnering new pro dancer Katya Virshilas and being eliminated in week 9.[14] On 7 October 2011, he was a member of Lee Mack's team on Would I Lie To You?, where he claimed to have recurring dreams in which he is a potato, being chased by a pitchfork. On 19 November 2011, he appeared on The Chase with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Ulrika Johnson and Jennie Bond and won £20,000 for charity. He formerly held the record for the most money brought through by a single player, having brought through £67,000 (he has since lost the record to Ed Byrne on 30 November 2013).[15] Since 2012, he has co-presented The Flowerpot Gang alongside Anneka Rice and Joe Swift.

Personal life[edit]

Tufnell's first marriage to Alison Squires ended in 1989. He has two daughters: Ellie, 16, with ex-girlfriend Jane McElvoy, and six- year-old Poppy with ex-wife Lisa Bar. On a tour of New Zealand in 1997 reports emerged that he left a toilet cubicle trailing the scent of cannabis but he was exonerated.[16] During divorce proceeding ex- wife Lisa produced court documents accusing Tufnell of causing her to endure 'anxiety, stress and an eating disorder'. She also claimed he had continually harassed her[17] and abused her.[18] He is now married to Dawn and has a step daughter, Alana.[19]

Tufnell is the president of a cricket charity– Cricket for Change.[20] He is also a Vice-President of UK children's charity the Children's Trust, Tadworth.[21]

Tufnell is a fan of Arsenal.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Records/England/Test matches/Most wickets". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Phil Tufnell". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph news report Retrieved 2 June 2010
  4. ^ [1] Retrieved 25 July 2011
  5. ^ IMDB biography Retrieved 2 June 2010
  6. ^ Knight, James; Mark Waugh (2002). Mark Waugh: The Biography. Sydney: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 200. ISBN 0-7322-7492-3. 
  7. ^ "Chart:Analysis of Wickets Taken". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Parkinson, Michael (2002). Michael Parkinson: On Cricket. London: Hodder and Stoughton. pp. 255–257. ISBN 0-340-82508-1. 
  9. ^ Atherton, Mike (8 July 2007). "Smoking ban a drag for changing-room addicts". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  10. ^ "Middlesex University honours former cricketer Phil Tufnell". Times-series.co.uk. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  11. ^ Phil Tufnell's A to Z of Cricket: The Ultimate Cricket Gossip Book (2003) ISBN 1-899807-17-9 Retrieved 21 April 2008
  12. ^ Celebrity line-up Retrieved 2 June 2010
  13. ^ All Star Mr & Mrs Retrieved 13 April 2008
  14. ^ "''Strictly Come Dancing''". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  15. ^ http://www.ukgameshows.com/ukgs/The_Chase (section: Trivia)
  16. ^ biography Retrieved 21 August 2009
  17. ^ Daily Mail Retrieved 10 June 2008
  18. ^ "Sunday Mirror". Findarticles.com. 18 May 2003. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  19. ^ News report Retrieved 21 April 2008
  20. ^ "Cricket for change". Cricket for change. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  21. ^ The Children's Trust Retrieved 18 June 2010
  22. ^ "Arsenal Famous fans – Arsenal Celebrity Fans – famous arsenal fans and supporters". Ave-it.net. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 

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Preceded by
Tony Blackburn
I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
Winner

2003
Succeeded by
Kerry Katona