David Steele - England - Test Profile 1975-76

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 August 1975

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      Right Hand Bat, Left Arm Slow
      Monday, 29 September 1941
      Bradeley, England.
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David STEELE - England - Test Profile 1975-76


David Steele, grey haired and bespectacled, was an unlikely hero for England in 1975. New captain Tony Greig called him in to fight off the speed of Lillee and Thomson, which had left England's batting in tatters. Steele marched down the steps from the Lord's dressing room for the first time and found himself in the toilet. Out in the middle things were not much better, he soon found England at 49 for four and his captain coming out to join him. Steele hooked, pulled and drove the fast bowlers, cheered on by the crowd. He made 50 in that innings, followed by 45. He even got a wicket in that match, even though he only bowled four balls. In his second Test he was even better, as he made 92, followed by 39 and 66 in the next. Awards were showered on David Steele. His local butcher had even sponsored him for a chop a run and the Steele's freezer overflowed with meat. There was no England tour that winter, so Steele went with D.H. Robin's XI to South Africa, scoring 60 against an African XI in Soweto and 110 not out against Western Province in Cape Town. England were still being battered by young fast bowlers in 1976, this time the West Indians Roberts, Holding and Daniel. Steele made 106 in the first Test at Trent Bridge, and 64 at Lord's, but the West Indians found they could exploit his trademark hook and began to get him caught at fine leg off the bouncer. He made 20 and 15 in a low scoring match at Old Trafford and only 4 and 0 when he was asked to open at Headingley. He returned to form with 44 and 42 at the Oval, but some tortuous thinking by the selectors saw the hero of England left out of the winter tour. He never played for England again. (Bob Harragan)

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David Steele pictured in 1976 playing for Northampton  CCC.   Photo George Herringshaw.  ©


Date Test Venue Opp. 1st Inns 2nd Inns Batting Ct Result
31/07/75 2 Lord's Aus 0.4-0-1-1 9-4-19-1 50 & 45 0 Draw
14/08/75 3 Leeds Aus dnb dnb 73 & 92 2 Draw
28/08/75 4 The Oval Aus 2-1-1-0 dnb 39 & 66 2 Draw
03/06/76 1 Nottingham WI dnb dnb 106 & 6 1 Draw
17/06/76 2 Lord's WI dnb dnb 7 & 64 0 Draw
08/07/76 3 Manchester WI dnb dnb 20 & 15 1 Lost
22/07/76 4 Leeds WI dnb dnb 4 & 0 1 Lost
12/08/76 5 The Oval WI 3-0-18-0 dnb 44 & 42 0 Lost
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct
8 673 106 42.06 1 5 2 1-1 19.50 0 7