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|Full name||Nicholas Verity Knight|
28 November 1969 |
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
|Batting style||Left-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Test debut||27 July 1995 v West Indies|
|Last Test||31 May 2001 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut||29 August 1996 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||2 March 2003 v Australia|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 18 July 2015|
Nicholas Verity Knight (born 28 November 1969) is an English cricket commentator and former England cricketer. Knight's middle name was in honour of the 1930s English Test bowler Hedley Verity who was killed in World War II and is a distant family relation. A left-handed opening batsman and a fine fielder, Knight played in 17 Test Matches and 100 One Day Internationals before announcing his retirement from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup.
Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, Knight was educated at Felsted School in Essex and Loughborough University and was an outstanding cricketer from an early age. He won the Daily Telegraph 'Young Cricketer of the Year' award in 1989 and he played cricket for Brentwood cricket club in 1989/91. In domestic cricket, he began his career with Essex in 1991 before transferring to Warwickshire four years later. He was captain of Warwickshire from 2003 to 2005, and led them to victory in the County Championship in the 2004 season. He retired from first-class cricket after the 2006 season and is now a member of the Sky Sports cricket commentary team. He finished his career with 16,172 runs at 44.18 and 40 hundreds. His highest score was an unbeaten 303.
He struggled in the Test arena and made only 1 test century an innings of 113 vs Pakistan at Headingley in 1996. His next best score was 96 vs Zimbabwe in a drawn game at Bulawayo in 1996–97. The most obvious reason for this was his technique. Never afraid of genuine fast bowling, his footwork was often not decisive enough which caused him at times to appear to be backing away from short balls and his test innings frequently ended giving a catch to the slips or the wicket-keeper. As a fine fielder and a hard worker, it is surprising that he did not play more for England – the England team was not blessed with too many good batsman during Knight's era. However two of the better batsmen were Michael Atherton and Mark Butcher with whom Knight was vying for a place for most of his career. Atherton too was captain of England until 1998 so would have been an automatic choice for opening batsman.
One Day Internationals
Knight was a far more successful, and certainly regular, one day player for England. In one-day cricket, this backing away in fact helped him score a lot of runs and became something of a hallmark. This same strength / weakness was, curiously enough, mirrored in Michael Bevan – one of Knight's contemporaries. Whether Knight would have had Bevan's success had he been used in a similar "finishing" position is debatable but Knight could certainly have played more ODIs for England than he did.
Knight wasn't selected for the World Cup team in 1999 and made his World Cup debut in the 2003 tournament. He performed well in an unsuccessful campaign for England and faced the first delivery in cricket officially to break the 100 mph barrier, bowled by Shoaib Akhtar. He "pushed it nonchalantly to square leg."
One Day International Centuries
|ODI Centuries of Nick Knight|
|||113||2||Pakistan||Manchester, England||Old Trafford||1996|
|||125*||3||Pakistan||Nottingham, England||Trent Bridge||1996|
|||122||17||West Indies||Bridgetown, Barbados||Kennington Oval||1998|
|||105||70||India||Delhi, India||Feroz Shah Kotla||2002|
|||111*||86||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2002|
Following his retirement from cricket, Knight became a commentator and pundit on Sky Sports.