Geoffrey Miller was an English former cricketer. He played 25 international one-day matches and 34 test matches for the team of England between 1976 and 1984. Miller played for Derbyshire from 1973 to 1986. He captained the team from 1979 to 1981. Miller was an England selector from 2008 to 2013 and was appointed President of Derbyshire C.C.C. in March 2014.
Geoffrey was born on 8 September 1952, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. He got educated at Chesterfield Grammar School. Miller started playing in Derbyshire Second XI in young cricketer’s teams. He made a debut – first-class for Derbyshire in the year July 1973. Miller also scored a duck, which was during this inning only. Slowly and steadily, he improved his game and became the Young Cricketer of the Cricket Writer’s Club in 1976. He became the Derbyshire captain in 1979, and in the 1981 season, the team won the National Westminster trophy under his captainship.
A reliable right-arm off-break bowler
Miller was a correct right-handed batsman and a reliable right-arm off-break bowler, claimed 888 wickets in 283 first-class matches. He took 60 wickets in 34 Test matches and 25 wickets in ODIs for England. Miller was a spin bowler, but none of his wickets were by stumping. He never scored a test century, despite twice coming incredibly close, scoring 98 runs against Pakistan in 1977/78 (not out) and against India in 1982.
The triple score escaped him in first-class type Cricket too. Though he couldn’t succeed in making a hundred, he registered his First-Class hundred in his 380th innings. Eventually, he got two of them in from his 383 matches. England also won the Ashes series of 1978-79 with a 5-1. Miller was known to be one of the famous English heroes. He scored 234 at 23.40 and was England’s highest wicket-taker alongside Botham. He picked 23 wickets at 15.04. in the same Ashes series in Australia. Botham and Miller became the third and the fourth Englishmen to have scored more than 200 runs and over 20 wickets.
A historical match of Miller’s career
The Boxing Day Test of 1982 was perhaps the closest one in the history of cricket game. Australia just needed four to win the game, Jeff Thomson and Allan Border were on the crease. Botham bowled outside the off-stump when Thomson edged it. This ball went to Chris Tavar. It backfired and went up from his hand. Miller then ran from the first slip to catch it. He then threw the ball up in the air, and thus Australia lost the match by four runs.
Miller is famous for his sense of humor and optimistic nature. He enjoyed the game a lot. Simon Hughes described him as the only player who consistently visited the opposing team’s dressing room after the game to thank them.
After his retirement, he joined the England selection panel in 2000. He got named for the Chairman of Selectors in 2008. Under him, England saw several highs and rose to the top of the ICC Test ranking in 2011. He stepped down from the position in 2013.