Amazing facts about Neil Fairbrother

By Bet Barter

September 18, 2020

Neil Fairbrother was born on September 9, 1963. His mother named him after her favorite Australian cricket player Neil Harvey. He had his education at Lymn Grammar School in Warrington Lancashire. He was a left-handed batsman and a left-handed, medium bowler. Colin Batsman rightly described him as ‘an inventive, intelligent left-handed.’ Fairbrother played for Transvaal, Lancashire, and England. He was the team captain of Lancashire in the year 1992-93. In 1990, Fairbrother scored 366 runs against Surrey at The Oval. He made 311 runs in a single day. It was a unique feat, as he scored 100 runs in each of the three sessions in a single day.

Debut made by Fairbrother

Neil Fairbrother’s debut got made for Lancashire’s before his 17th birthday. He went on playing for different age-groups. It included the National Association for Young Cricketers. He played for youth teams for other countries as well. After finishing the 1986 season at an impressive average of 46.68 with three tens and eight fifties, Fairbrother earned his maiden call-up to the national side in 1987. He got picked to play for England and moved to Sharjah for a quadrangular series. It featured India, Pakistan, and Australia besides England. His debut against India got made on April 2 with 14 runs. Fairbrother made his Test debut playing against Pakistan in June 1987 at his home ground in Manchester.

International debut

He was out without scoring. Fairbrother made his international debut on April 2, 1987. It got made in One Day Cricket against India. He made a match-winning century against West Indies at Lord’s in 1991. He established himself as a middle-order of the one-day side for several years. Test success, however, proved elusive. Bowled for a duck on his presentation Test, he could figure out how to show up for England, with just a single 50 years from 15 innings. It was at a normal of 15.64. Notwithstanding, his global distinctions showed up for England for three Cricket World Cups.

Fairbrother nearly won England the 1992 release of the World Cup. In the last, against Pakistan, he top-scored with 62. But, it was insufficient to assist him with siding down 250. That was England’s third World Cup and posted that they never figured out how to cross the semi-last stage.

His test cricket journey

Fairbrother never really managed to establish himself as a Test cricketer. Though he was given several chances before being dumped for good, he was unable to make it. He proved himself in ODIs and served English cricket in the limited-overs format for about 12 years. He played about 75 ODIs and scored 2,092 runs at an average of 39.57. Fairbrother had a good First-Class record. He scored more than 20,000 runs at a normal over 41. His 47 centuries are a demonstration of his capacity.

Another achievement came in 1998 when he turned into the primary cricketer to play in ten one-day cricket finals at Lord’s. Fairbrother resigned from cricket in 2002. He became the Director of Cricket at International Sports Management.

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