Simon Hughes (cricketer)

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Simon Hughes
Personal information
Full name Simon Peter Hughes
Born (1959-12-20) 20 December 1959 (age 54)
Kingston upon Thames, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1980–1991 Middlesex
1992–1993 Northern Transvaal
1992–1993 Durham
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 205 202
Runs scored 1,775 476
Batting average 11.37 11.60
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 53 22 *
Balls bowled 28,984 9,502
Wickets 466 272
Bowling average 32.48 25.47
5 wickets in innings 10 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 7/35 5/23
Catches/stumpings 50/– 30/–
Source: Cricinfo, 15 August 2009

Simon Peter Hughes (born 20 December 1959, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey), also known as The Analyst, is an English cricketer and journalist. He is the son of the actor, Peter Hughes, and the brother of the historian Bettany Hughes.

Cricket career[edit]

At Latymer Upper School he was an outstanding fast medium bowler of away-swing and captained the school XI successfully. He went on to study general arts at Durham, and played for the university. He joined Middlesex CCC in 1980 and played for them for 12 seasons, culminating in his benefit season of 1991. He subsequently spent two seasons (1992–1993) playing for Durham CCC. Hughes also played for Northern Transvaal in South Africa during the winter of 1982–83, and the Grafton United Cricket Club in Auckland in the 1987/88 season.

Journalism[edit]

He retired in 1993 to concentrate on a writing career which began as a player for The Independent with the widely acclaimed Cricketer's Diary.[1] In 1994 he joined the Daily Telegraph as a columnist and became the BBC's roving reporter on Test matches. He has worked as a journalist for The Independent and The Daily Telegraph, and for the BBC. He has written several books, including the autobiographical A Lot of Hard Yakka (for which he won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1997), Yakking Around the World (which deal with his experiences as a county cricketer during and between cricket seasons), Jargonbusting (a guide to cricket terminology) and Morning Everyone: An Ashes Odyssey.

He is perhaps best known for his work as "The Analyst" on Channel 4's cricket coverage (from 1999 to 2005), winning the Royal Television Society's Sports pundit of the Year award in 2002,[2] where he spent matches in a VT trailer, watching replays and drawing viewers' attention to particular details. Channel 4's cricket coverage won 28 awards in its seven-year span, including six Baftas. He is currently a commentator/analyst on Cricket on Five with Geoffrey Boycott and Mark Nicholas (with whom he worked on Channel 4). He originally signed up for the programme from 2006 to 2010 when the deal expired, with the ECB.

On England's December 2007 Test match tour of Sri Lanka he was a summariser on the BBC's Test Match Special, and a commentator for the ODI series against the West Indies in 2009. In 2010 he again joined the Test Match Special team commentating on the tour of Bangladesh and the One Day Series against Australia. He was the analyst for ITV4's coverage of the 2010 Indian Premier League, and the 2011 Indian Premier League.

He remains The Analyst on Channel 5's evening highlights programme, commentates on BBC radio and writes for the Daily Telegraph.

Mobile application[edit]

To bring together content in a digital form previously only available in his books and to consolidate his news, views and insights, prior to the Cricket World Cup (March 2011) he launched the "Cricket Analyst" mobile application on the Apple iPhone/iPad[3] and Google Android.[4] devices in partnership with Anton Christodoulou.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughes, Simon (1 September 1992). "Cricketer's Diary: Smith's battle honours". The Independent. 
  2. ^ "Sports pundit of the Year award". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 19 May. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Simon. "The Cricket Analyst iPhone App". Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Simon. "The Cricket Analyst Android App". Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Simon. "The Cricket Analyst iPhone App". The Cricket Analyst. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Donald McRae
William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner
1997
Succeeded by
Robert Twigger
Preceded by
John McEnroe
RTS Television Sport Awards
Best Sports Pundit

2002
Succeeded by
Michael Johnson