Steve Rhodes

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Steve Rhodes
Personal information
Full name Steven John Rhodes
Born (1964-06-17) 17 June 1964 (age 52)
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Nickname Bumpy
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper batsman
Relations GH Rhodes (son)
WE Rhodes (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 566) 2 June 1994 v New Zealand
Last Test 3 February 1995 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 102) 25 May 1989 v Australia
Last ODI 10 January 1995 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1981–1984 Yorkshire
1985–2004 Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 11 9 440 477
Runs scored 294 107 14,839 4,362
Batting average 24.50 17.83 32.82 19.82
100s/50s 0/1 0/1 12/72 1/6
Top score 65* 56 124 105
Balls bowled 6 6
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 46/3 9/2 1139/124 532/129
Source: CricketArchive, 7 June 2016

Steven John Rhodes (born 17 June 1964, Bradford, Yorkshire, England)[1] is a former English cricketer. He was best known as a wicket-keeper, but was also a useful number six or seven batsman, making twelve first-class centuries.

Life and career[edit]

Emerging initially out of Birstall Cricket Club in West Yorkshire, Rhodes' county cricket career began with Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1981. The incumbent was the international wicket-keeper David Bairstow and after limited chances he moved to Worcestershire County Cricket Club in 1985 staying with that county for the remaining two decades of his playing career.

He was selected for the England tour to India in 1988/89, but when this was cancelled for political reasons he lost his chance, and it was to be 1994 before he made his Test cricket debut.

His selection was primarily down to the new chairman of selectors, Raymond Illingworth, who announced at his (Illingworth's) appointment that he wanted balanced sides i.e. an all-rounder at number 6 with a wicket-keeper at number 7. As such, Illingworth was saying that his chosen wicket-keeper had to contribute with bat and gloves. While Rhodes had a golden summer with the gloves in 1994, he did not make enough runs - especially against the powerful South African bowling attack in the second half of the season.

Chosen to tour Australia in 1994-95, he had a poor tour with gloves and especially with the bat - frequently dismissed by Australian spearhead Craig McDermott, often leg before wicket (LBW). Having waited so long to make his Test debut (he had played one One Day International in 1989), he was dropped in favour of Alec Stewart in 1995, and never played for England again. Nevertheless, Rhodes was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1994.

Towards the end of the 2004 season, Rhodes briefly became Captain (cricket) county captain when Ben Smith (cricketer) resigned during the home game with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

In May 2005, Worcestershire announced that Rhodes had been appointed as Coach (sports), following the departure of Tom Moody.

In 2006, he became Director of Cricket at Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

His father, William Rhodes (cricketer, born 1936), played more than 30 times for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in the early 1960s.


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 363. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ben Smith
Worcestershire County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Vikram Solanki