Martin MOXON

Martin Moxon - England - Test Profile 1986-89

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 09 May 1988

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      Right Hand Bat, Right Arm Medium
      Wednesday, 04 May 1960
      Barnsley, Yorkshire
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Martin MOXON - England - Test Profile 1986-89


Martyn Moxon was expected to be the next traditional Yorkshire opening batsman, following in the line of Hutton and Boycott, but after a promising start his England career foundered in the selectorial confusion of the late 1980s. He first played for Yorkshire (the photo above shows him in action for his county) in 1981, and honed his technique with two seasons in South Africa playing for Griqualand West. He was chosen for the England team that went to Australia in 1984-85 to play in the World Championship of Cricket, a mini World Cup held as part of Victoria's 150th anniversary celebrations. Moxon was picked for the Lord's Test against the West Indies in 1984, but was injured before the game, and did not make his Test debut until the Lord's Test against India in 1986, when he made 74.


He did not tour Australia that winter, and was not recalled until the last Test of the 1987 series against Pakistan. He got a berth on the tour which took in the BiCentennial Test in Australia, where he scored 40, and went on to New Zealand. There he seemed to have established a Test place. In Auckland he batted 345 minutes for 99 before he was caught at slip off Chatfield. He was 81 not out in Wellington when New Zealand's long white cloud turned into a week of storms. As England's selectors discarded players like empty sweet wrappers through 1988 and 1989 he played just two Tests against the West Indies and one against Australia. He made centuries for his county in the first two matches he played in Yorkshire. He was captain of England A in the West Indies in 1992, but injury kept him out of all the big games. (Bob Harragan)