Neil Fairbrother

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Neil Fairbrother
Personal information
Full nameNeil Harvey Fairbrother
Born (1963-09-09) 9 September 1963 (age 56)
Warrington, Lancashire
BowlingLeft-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 525)4 June 1987 v Pakistan
Last Test13 March 1993 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 94)2 April 1987 v India
Last ODI29 May 1999 v India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 10 75 366 505
Runs scored 219 2,092 20,612 14,761
Batting average 15.64 39.47 41.22 41.69
100s/50s 0/1 1/16 47/104 9/107
Top score 83 113 366 145
Balls bowled 12 6 795 174
Wickets 0 0 7 3
Bowling average 71.42 64.33
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/91 1/17
Catches/stumpings 4/– 33/– 290/– 185/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 2011

Neil Fairbrother (born Neil Harvey Fairbrother, 9 September 1963)[1] is a former English cricketer, named by his mother after her favourite player, the Australian cricketer Neil Harvey.[1] He was educated at Lymm Grammar School.

Fairbrother retired from all cricket in 2002, and became Director of Cricket at International Sports Management. In February 2018, Fairbrother set up Phoenix Management.

Domestic career[edit]

Fairbrother played for Lancashire, Transvaal and England. He was team captain of Lancashire in 1992–1993. Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, described Fairbrother as "an inventive, intelligent left-hander".[1]

In 1990, Fairbrother scored 366 for Lancashire against Surrey at The Oval. 311 of his runs came in a single day, and his feat is unique in that he scored at least 100 runs in each of the three sessions that day.[2] Another milestone came in 1998, when he became the first man to play in ten Lord's one-day domestic cricket cup finals.

International career[edit]

Fairbrother made his international debut on 2 April 1987, in a One Day International against India. Following a match-winning century against a West Indies side including Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh at Lord's in 1991, he established himself as a regular in middle-order of the one-day side for several years. Test success, however, proved elusive. Bowled for a duck on his debut, he made just ten Test appearances for England, with only one half-century from 15 innings, at an average of 15.64.[1] However, his international honours included appearing for England in three Cricket World Cups.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 66. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.
  3. ^ "Neil Fairbrother - Profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 April 2011.

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