|Full name||Martin Paul Bicknell|
14 January 1969 |
Guildford, Surrey, England
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 565)||22 July 1993 v Australia|
|Last Test||8 September 2003 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 110)||7 December 1990 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||13 February 1991 v New Zealand|
|Source: , 1 January 2006|
Martin Paul Bicknell (born 14 January 1969 in Guildford, Surrey) is a former English cricketer. He played only four Test matches, but the last two, against South Africa in 2003, came ten years after the first two in the 1993 Ashes series. England had played 114 matches between his appearances, a record. He was considered most unlucky to be constantly overlooked for selection in home Test matches when constantly proving himself a prolific wicket taker in county cricket.
He was a very effective medium-fast swing and seam bowler who reached one thousand first-class wickets for his county, Surrey, in 2005, having achieved the milestone in all first-class matches the previous year. In 2000 he had match figures of 16-119 for Surrey against Leicestershire at Guildford, the second best match figures ever returned for the county. His figures in the second innings were 9-47. His best innings figures were 9-45, against Cambridge University at The Oval in 1988.
Bicknell lives in Churt, Farnham, He is married to Sarah, and has four children: Ellie, Charlotte, Mia-May and Millie-Coco.
Bicknell was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2001.
He made his first-class debut in 1986. Having initially intended to cease playing at the end of the 2006 season, he was struck by a series of niggling injuries which forced him to announce an earlier retirement from first-class cricket on 9 August 2006, moving on to take up a post at Charterhouse School as the Master in Charge of Cricket.
His autobiography, Bickers. was published in 2008.