Dean HEADLEY

Dean Headley - England - Test Profile 1997-1999

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 27 July 1997

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    • POSITION
      Right Arm Fast-medium, Right Hand Bat
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 27 January 1970
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Stourbridge, England.
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Dean HEADLEY - England - Test Profile 1997-1999

 Dean was born at Norton, Stourbridge, Worcestershire.

Dean Headley, son and grandson of Test cricketers, was a late developer in both Test and first class cricket, but proved himself a heavy wicket-taker when his chance came. Headley made his mark in the 1997 Ashes series when he regularly troubled Australian captain Mark Taylor and his fellow left handers. On his debut on a sandy wicket at Old Trafford, he had Taylor caught at slip for 2 then took four wickets in each innings. At Trent Bridge in the same series, he took 4-87 and 2-56. He had begun his county career as an all-rounder, and his batting helped England win the second match in Trinidad on the 1998 tour of West Indies, when his 7 not out backed up a stubborn innings from Mark Butcher to give England victory by 3 wickets. He also took 4-77 in the second innings of that game.

 

Dean also had six wickets in Guyana and 3-64 in Barbados. In 1998 he took two wickets in the second innings of the Lord's Test against South Africa, but made little mark on that series. In Australia in 1998-99 he took 4-97 and 1-78 in Adelaide then, in an inspired spell on the last afternoon in Melbourne took 6-66 to bundle Australia to an unexpected defeat. He took four wickets in each innings at Sydney. Against New Zealand in 1999 he took 3-74 at Lord's and batted at number seven at Old Trafford when England fielded a collection of some of the worst tail-end batsmen seen in recent Test cricket. Headley was one of the first set of players contracted solely to England in 2000 but, sadly, he failed to overcome a serious back injury sustained in April of that year and anounced his premature retirement in March 2001. (Bob Harragan).

 

 

Photo taken by Dave Pineger.  © G.H.

Dean Headley is pictured above during his Test match debut against Australia at Old Trafford, Manchester in July 1997. He enjoyed a splendid match with the ball, taking 4 wickets in each innings, but it was not enough to stop Australia recording a 268 run victory. Dean fared better than most bowlers against Australia in the 1990s, his 6 Tests against them yielding 35 wickets at an average of 24.77. 


 

Date Test Venue Opp. 1st Inns 2nd Inns Batting Ct Result
03/07/97 3 Manchester Aus 27.3-4-72-4 29-4-104-4 0 & 0* 0 Lost
24/07/97 4 Leeds Aus 25-2-125-2 dnb 22 & 3 0 Lost
07/08/97 5 Nottingham Aus 30.5-7-87-4 19-3-56-2 10* & 4 0 Lost
29/01/98 1 Kingston WI dnb dnb dnb & dnb 0 Draw
05/02/98 2 Port-of-Spain WI 22-6-47-1 16-2-68-3 11 & 8* 0 Lost
13/02/98 3 Port-of-Spain WI 14-0-40-0 26-3-77-4 1 & 7* 1 Won
27/02/98 4 Georgetown WI 31-7-90-3 13-5-37-3 0 & 9 1 Lost
12/03/98 5 Bridgetown WI 17.3-2-64-3 2-0-14-0 31 & dnb 1 Draw
20/03/98 6 St. John's WI 30-3-109-2 dnb 1 & 1 0 Lost
18/06/98 2 Lord's SA 22-2-69-2 dnb 2 & 1 0 Lost
11/12/98 3 Adelaide Aus 23-1-97-4 18-1-78-1 0 & 2 0 Lost
26/12/98 4 Melbourne Aus 25-3-86-0 17-5-60-6 14 & 1 2 Won
02/01/99 5 Sydney Aus 19.3-4-62-4 19-7-40-4 8 & 16 0 Lost
22/07/99 2 Lord's NZ 27-7-74-3 dnb 4 & 12 0 Lost
05/08/99 3 Manchester NZ 31-4-115-1 dnb 18 & dnb 0 Draw
 
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct
15 186 31 8.45 0 0 60 6-60 27.85 1 5