|Full name||Edward Simon Hunter Giddins|
20 July 1971 |
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Bowling||Right arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 596)||19 August 1999 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||17 June 2000 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 31 July 2009
Giddins was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, and played for four counties during his career – Sussex, Warwickshire, Surrey and Hampshire. He was banned from cricket for 18 months and dropped by Sussex after testing positive for cocaine in 1996.
Giddins made his international debut against New Zealand at the Oval in August 1999, taking four wickets for 79 runs. Giddins' first Test match dismissal was former-Warwickshire batsman Roger Twose. New Zealand won this Test by 83 runs to clinch the four-game series 2–1.
Giddins was not selected for the winter tour of South Africa, but was back in the side for the two tests in England against Zimbabwe the following summer. England won the two-game series 1–0 and much of this is down to Giddins whose career best international figures of 5–15 in the first Zimbabwe innings helped swing the match in England's favour. Giddins also took two wickets in the second innings as well as scoring his highest score for England.
The second Test finished as a draw, with Giddins getting figures of 1–46 and being the not out batsman in both England innings.
Giddins was named in the team to face West Indies in the opening game the five match series of 2000. England lost this game by an innings and 93 runs and Giddins' figures of 0–73, as well as his only international pair, meant he was subsequently dropped from the side. This was to be his last appearance for the national side.
Giddins is currently, as of 2009, working for Sky Poker as an analyst.
In May 2011 Giddins starred in the second series of Channel 4s Celebrity Five Go To in which the celebrities visited South Africa. Giddins was voted the winner of the programme by the various people who looked after the celebrities during their stay.
His biggest poker cash so far is £10,000, coming from famous UK festival. As of June 2015, his total amount of cash is more than $82,375.
- "Giddins banned for taking cocaine". The Irish Times. 21 August 1996. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "If Giddins has a drug problem, he should have been treated as Paul Merson was by the FA, with sympathy and firmness". The Independent. 20 August 1996. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "What the death of Tom Maynard tells us about cricket and drugs". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-03-11.
- England vs New Zealand 1999, fourth Test scorecard
- England vs Zimbabwe 2000, first Test scorecard
- England vs Zimbabwe 2000, second Test scorecard
- England vs West Indies 2000, first Test scorecard
- "Celebrity Five Go To.." Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- Poker Player Results on RankingHero