Doug Insole

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Doug Insole
Personal information
Full name Douglas John Insole
Born (1926-04-18)18 April 1926
Clapton, London, England
Died 5 August 2017(2017-08-05) (aged 91)
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut 20 July 1950 v West Indies
Last Test 30 May 1957 v West Indies
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 9 450
Runs scored 408 25,241
Batting average 27.19 37.61
100s/50s 1/1 54/126
Top score 110* 219*
Balls bowled 9,020
Wickets 138
Bowling average 33.91
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 5/22
Catches/stumpings 8/– 366/6
Source: Cricinfo

Douglas John "Doug" Insole CBE (18 April 1926[1] – 5 August 2017) [2] was an English cricketer, who played for Cambridge University, Essex and in nine Test matches for England, five of them on the 1956–57 tour of South Africa, where he was vice-captain to Peter May. After retiring from playing, he was prominent in cricket administration, and served as chairman of the England selectors and as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).[3]

Life and career[edit]

Insole was born in Clapton, London, attended the Monoux School, Walthamstow, and lived most of his adult life at Chingford. He was cricket captain of Cambridge University whilst a history student at St Catharine's College and went on to captain Essex for many years. He scored 20,113 first-class runs for Essex, the ninth highest aggregate for the club. He played as a wicket-keeper, batsmen, and as a bowler. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1956. He was President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the twelve months, beginning on 1 October 2006. For his many services to cricket, Insole was appointed a CBE in 1979.

Insole was chairman of selectors for England in the 1960s, and in 1968, he was criticized for presiding over the non-selection of Basil D'Oliveira for a tour to South Africa. Only later did it become generally known that the selectors had been pressurised into omitting D'Oliveira because he was a 'coloured' South African and his inclusion in a team to visit the country, then under apartheid, was thought to be undiplomatic.[4]

Also during Insole's time Geoffrey Boycott was dropped, in 1967 after having scored 246 not out. Boycott admitted to still feeling aggrieved about this over 40 years later, while commenting on the third Test between New Zealand and England at Napier on 24 March 2008 and again during the Test Match Special commentary of England against the West Indies at Edgbaston on 7 June 2012, where he said that Insole "should have spelt his name with an A!"[5] Again on 9 August 2014 during the 4th Test against India at Old Trafford, Insole's name was mentioned and Boycott was off on his tirade and reiterated his thoughts on how Insole's name should be spelt and was quickly silenced by Jonathan Agnew.[6]

Insole was a first team footballer for the amateur Corinthian-Casuals F.C., and played in the 1956 FA Amateur Cup final, before they lost to Bishop Auckland in a replay.[1] He managed the 1978-79[7] and 1982-83 Ashes tours to Australia,[4] and for nine years to 2006 was chair of the European Cricket Council.[8][7] Insole died on 5 August 2017, aged 91. His death was announced by Essex County Cricket Club the following day.[9]


  1. ^ a b Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 98. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ Obituary The Daily Telegraph
  3. ^ "The IPL is born". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Peter Mason (6 August 2017). "Doug Insole obituary". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "England v West Indies, third Test, day one, Edgbaston as it happened". London: BBC. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  6. ^ TMS
  7. ^ a b Doug Insole at ESPNcricinfo by David Liverman
  8. ^ ECC (July 7, 2006). "Roger Knight to succeed Doug Insole as ECC Chairman". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Doug Insole (1926-2017)". Essex County Cricket Club. 6 August 2017. 

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