Rob Bailey (cricketer)

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Rob Bailey
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Bailey standing in a county cricket match in June 2021
Personal information
Full nameRobert John Bailey
Born (1963-10-28) 28 October 1963 (age 57)
Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
BowlingRight arm off spin
RelationsRoy Wills (father-in-law)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 531)4 August 1988 v West Indies
Last Test16 April 1990 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 83)26 March 1985 v Pakistan
Last ODI15 March 1990 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Umpiring information
ODIs umpired24 (2011–2021)
T20Is umpired18 (2011–2018)
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 4 4 374 396
Runs scored 119 137 21,844 12,076
Batting average 14.87 68.50 40.52 38.82
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 47/111 10/79
Top score 43 43* 224* 153*
Balls bowled 0 36 9,713 3,092
Wickets 0 121 72
Bowling average 42.51 35.61
5 wickets in innings 2 1
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 5/54 5/45
Catches/stumpings 0/– 1/– 272/– 111/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 July 2021

Robert John Bailey (born 28 October 1963)[1] is an English cricket umpire and former player who appeared in four Tests and four One Day Internationals from 1985 to 1990.

Playing career[edit]

He made his first-class debut for Northamptonshire in 1982 before being selected to represent England – his debut match against the formidable West Indies attack of 1988, leading to his selection for the winter tour to India, a trip that was cancelled due to political reasons – he and several members of the England squad had sporting links to South Africa.[2] He had specifically passed up the opportunity to participate in the England 1989 Rebel Tour to South Africa.[1] His form at the beginning of the 1989 season can only be considered as poor, returning in time for his selection to the 1989–90 West Indies tour. He was given his first game of the series in the third Test where he bagged a pair. After a shocking decision in the fourth Test, perhaps in part caused by an unsportsmanlike appeal by then West Indian captain Viv Richards,[3] he returned with a well made 42 in Antigua against what was fast, accurate and intimidating bowling. Nevertheless, Bailey failed to reach a half-century in six Test innings.[1] However, that innings of 42 saw the end of his international career, despite his consistent performances of the 1990s.[1] Bailey is often referred to as being a loyal player and "one of the finest men to have played county cricket", testament to his seventeen years at Northamptonshire before he left to join Derbyshire at the end of 1999 after his contract was not renewed by Northants.


A courageous middle order batsman[1] with a short backlift, Bailey hit the ball extremely hard, with shots all around the ground. Accompanied by this was his ability in the field, and as a part-time off spinner.

Umpiring career[edit]

His playing retirement came in 2001 after which he was appointed to join the ECB's Reserve List of Umpires. Subsequently, he is now on the ECB First Class Umpires list after being promoted for the 2006 season.

In January 2018, he was named as one of the seventeen on-field umpires for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 16. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ Cricinfo – No admission – England NOT in India, 1988–89
  3. ^ Cricinfo – Within the laws but against the spirit
  4. ^ "Match officials appointed for U19 Cricket World Cup". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

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