Steve Watkin - England - Test Profile 1991-93

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 07 June 1991

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      Right Arm Fast Medium, Right Hand Bat
      Tuesday, 15 September 1964
      West Glamorgan, Wales
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Steve WATKIN - England - Test Profile 1991-93


Steve Watkin, the flat-footed medium fast bowler from the Glamorgan valleys, had the unusual distinction in the 1990s of never playing in a losing England team: which says more about selectors capricious use of his talents than of England's abilities in their darkest years. Wattie had a simple line-and-length approach to bowling, with a devastating faster ball which bounced and moved away to give catches in the slips. He reckoned he also had subtle variations, but they were too subtle to be noticeable from the outer and generally even too subtle to be noticed by the batsman at the other end.


He was found as a 15 year-old by Tom Cartwright and fast tracked into the Welsh youth set-up, playing for Welsh youth against a Sri Lankan under-19 side which included Gurusinghe and Tillekeratne, and touring Zimbabwe with England A in 1989-90, when he dismissed Davey Houghton three times in the unofficial Tests. A Test debut against the 1989 Australians had been on the cards, but he was injured before the match, and he had to wait until Headingley in 1991 and the first Test against the West Indies. His 2-55 in the first innings included the wicket of Desmond Haynes for 7. In the second innings it was 3-38 as England won by 115 runs and he dismissed Viv Richards cheaply.


On a flat wicket at Lord's he conceded 60 runs in 15 overs without a wicket, and was hurriedly discarded. He returned under Mike Atherton at the Oval in 1993 and took 2-87 and 4-65 as England won their only Ashes Test of that series by 161 runs. He toured West Indies in 1993-94, playing in three ODIs. (Bob Harragan)