|Full name||Phillipe-Henri Edmonds|
8 March 1951 |
Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Bowling style||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 464)||14 August 1975 v Australia|
|Last Test||11 August 1987 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut (cap 42)||23 December 1977 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||2 April 1987 v India|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 4 December 2007
He was noted for his outspoken behaviour, and he could be "cussedly abrasive or engagingly charming, but he could never bring himself to conform to the fist-clenching, grim-faced trait of most professional sportsmen".
Early life and early career
He was a successful slow left arm spin bowler for Cambridge University, Middlesex and England (for whom he played in fifty one Tests and twenty nine ODIs from 1975 to 1987). On his debut, he took five wickets in the first innings against Australia in Leeds in 1975.
County and international career
At county level, Edmonds' Middlesex career coincided with that of John Emburey. The left- and right-arm spin combination was a powerful contribution towards Middlesex's success in the 1980s. They also combined at England level, although the pair often competed for the same place in the Test team. He was a controversial cricketer and well known for his outspokenness which often got him into trouble. In 1984–85, England were playing India in Calcutta, and the hosts played at a snail's pace towards an inevitable draw. Edmonds, fielding at square leg, produced a copy of the Daily Telegraph and proceeded to read.
In 51 Test matches, Edmonds took 125 wickets at 34.18, with a batting average of 17.50.
Since retiring from cricket, Edmonds has enjoyed a successful career in business, serving as chairman of Middlesex Holdings, White Nile Petroleum Company and Middlesex County Cricket Club. As of July 2012, he had an estimated fortune of 14 million pounds.
Global Witness has accused Edmonds of making "corrupt payments to senior officials to win mining rights". The Daily Mail has reported that a grand jury in Liberia indicted Groves in June 2016 in connection with the alleged bribery scandal.
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- Rayner, Gordon (6 July 2012). "Former England cricketer Phil Edmonds 'colluded with solicitor to deprive rival of mining shares', court told". The Daily Telegraph.
- "It's just NOT cricket: Former England star accused of building business empire on bribes and dirty tricks". The Daily Mail. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2017.