James Whitaker (cricketer)
|Full name||John James Whitaker|
5 May 1962 |
Skipton, Yorkshire, England
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Only Test (cap 524)||12 December 1986 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 95)||2 April 1987 v India|
|Last ODI||7 April 1987 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 1 January 2012
Life and career
Whitaker was educated at Uppingham School and spent his whole career with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, and captained them from 1996 until he retired in 1999. In 1986, Whitaker was the leading English batsman in the national batting averages with 1,526 runs at 66 apiece. He was selected to go on the 1986-87 Ashes tour, and played one Test in Adelaide when Ian Botham was out injured. However, his form fell away sharply.
He later became the coach and director of cricket at the club, before leaving in 2005. On 18 January 2008, Geoff Miller took over from David Graveney as the national selector, heading up a four-man panel which included Peter Moores, Whitaker and Ashley Giles. On 16 October 2013 Whitaker was named chairman of selectors.