Simon Hughes (cricketer)

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Simon Hughes
Personal information
Full nameSimon Peter Hughes
Born (1959-12-20) 20 December 1959 (age 62)
Kingston upon Thames, England
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
1982–1983Northern Transvaal
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 205 202
Runs scored 1,775 476
Batting average 11.37 11.60
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 53 22 *
Balls bowled 28,984 9,502
Wickets 466 272
Bowling average 32.48 25.47
5 wickets in innings 10 1
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 7/35 5/23
Catches/stumpings 50/– 30/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 December 2021

Simon Peter Hughes (born 20 December 1959), also known as The Analyst[1][2] is an English cricketer and journalist.


He is the son of the actor Peter Hughes, and the brother of the classical historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes.

Cricket career[edit]

At Latymer Upper School he was an outstanding fast medium bowler of away-swing and captained the school XI successfully. He went on to study general arts at Durham University, and played for the university.

He joined Middlesex in 1980 and played for them for 12 seasons, culminating in his benefit season of 1991. He subsequently spent two seasons (1992–1993) playing for Durham. Hughes also played for Northern Transvaal in South Africa during the winter of 1982–83, and the Grafton United Cricket Club in Auckland in the 1987–1988 season.


Hughes retired in 1993 to concentrate on a writing career which had begun as a player for The Independent with the widely acclaimed Cricketer's Diary.[3] In 1994 he joined The Daily Telegraph as a columnist and became the BBC's roving reporter on Test matches. He has worked as a journalist for The Independent and The Daily Telegraph, for The Times and for the BBC.

He edited The Cricketer magazine for seven years (2014-2021).

He has written nine books, including the autobiographical A Lot of Hard Yakka (for which he won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1997), Yakking Around the World (which dealt with his experiences as a county cricketer during and between cricket seasons), Jargonbusting (a guide to cricket terminology) Morning Everyone: An Ashes Odyssey, And God Created Cricket, (a history of the game) and Who wants to be a batsman?.

He is perhaps best known for his work as The Analyst on Channel 4's cricket coverage (from 1999 to 2005), winning the Royal Television Society's Sports pundit of the Year award in 2002,[4] where he spent matches in a VT trailer, watching replays and drawing viewers' attention to particular details. Channel 4's cricket coverage won 28 awards in its seven-year span, including six Baftas. He was a commentator/analyst on Cricket on 5 with Sir Geoffrey Boycott and Mark Nicholas (with whom he worked on Channel 4). He originally signed up for the programme from 2006 to 2010 when the deal expired, with the ECB.

On England's December 2007 Test match tour of Sri Lanka he was a summariser on the BBC's Test Match Special, and a commentator for the ODI series against the West Indies in 2009. In 2010 he again joined the Test Match Special team commentating on the tour of Bangladesh and the One Day Series against Australia. He has commentated on many home and overseas series for the BBC since and was the analyst for ITV4's coverage of the 2010 Indian Premier League up to the 2015 Indian Premier League.

Until 2018 he was The Analyst on Channel 5's evening highlights programme when he was replaced by Alison Mitchell.

He commentates on BBC radio and BT Sport and writes for The Sunday Times. He also produced the analysis segments for the international coverage of the 2019 ICC World Cup including the final.

Mobile application[edit]

To bring together content in a digital form previously only available in his books and to consolidate his news, views and insights, prior to the Cricket World Cup (March 2011) he launched the Cricket Analyst mobile application on the Apple iPhone/iPad[5] and Google Android.[6] devices in partnership with Anton Christodoulou.[7]


  • From Minor to Major (1992), Hodder & Stoughton (Teach Yourself), "the story of Durham's first first-class season from the inside", ISBN 978-0340582343
  • A Lot of Hard Yakka (1997), Headline Book Publishing, ISBN 978-0747255161
  • Yakking Around the World: A Cricketer's Quest for Love and Utopia (2001), Pocket Books, ISBN 978-0671773823
  • Jargonbusting, (2002), Channel 4 Books, ISBN 978-0752265087
  • Morning Everyone: An Ashes Odyssey
  • And God Created Cricket
  • Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 10 Matches (2013), Cassell Illustrated, ISBN 978-1844037438
  • Who Wants to be a Batsman? (2015)
  • A New Innings (2020) with Manoj Badale.


  1. ^ "All Out Cricket Interview".
  2. ^ "Simon Hughes "The Analyst" Youtube Channel".
  3. ^ Hughes, Simon (1 September 1992). "Cricketer's Diary: Smith's battle honours". The Independent.
  4. ^ "Sports pundit of the Year award". Royal Television Society. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  5. ^ Hughes, Simon. "The Cricket Analyst iPhone App". Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  6. ^ Hughes, Simon. "The Cricket Analyst Android App". Archived from the original on 18 December 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  7. ^ Hughes, Simon. "The Cricket Analyst iPhone App". The Cricket Analyst.

External links[edit]

Preceded by William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner
Succeeded by
Preceded by RTS Television Sport Awards
Best Sports Pundit

Succeeded by