Paul Jarvis - England - Test Profile 1988-93

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Date: 23 May 1993

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      Right Arm Fast-medium, Right Hand Bat
      Tuesday, 29 June 1965
      Redcar, England.
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Paul JARVIS - England - Test Profile 1988-93


Little Paul Jarvis never quite fulfilled the promise he showed when he first bowled for Yorkshire as a 16 year-old. He may not have been big, but he was strong and with a low centre of gravity and an accurate line and length he nipped away at batsmen's patience like a terrier. He was chosen to go with Mike Gatting in 1986-87 on the long tour that went from Pakistan, through the Test match to celebrate Australia's Bi-centenary, then on to New Zealand. He did not get an international chance until the quaintly named Bi-centennial One-Day International in Melbourne in February 1988, when he had the unflattering figures of 0-42. His Test chance did not come until the Christchurch Test in New Zealand, when he had figures of 2-43 and 1-30. In Auckland he was entrusted with the new ball alongside Graham Dilley and came away with figures of 2-74 and 1-54.


He played in the ODIs at the end of that series, coming away from Auckland with figures of 4-33. In England in 1988 he played against West Indies at Trent Bridge, taking the wickets of Greenidge and Haynes for 63 runs in the first innings, then 4-107 at Lord's, whereupon he was dropped. He returned against Australia at Lord's in 1989, taking 1-150 and not getting a single wicket in the next three innings. At the end of that season he joined Mike Gatting's rebel tour to South Africa. He played with them against South Africa at Johannesburg in February 1990, taking 3-71 in the first innings. His victims were Henry Fotheringham, Peter Kirsten and Richard Snell. He returned to the Test team for Graham Gooch's India tour in 1992-93 and played in the 1993 ODIs against Australia. (Bob Harragan)