Tim Curtis - England - Test Profile 1988-1989

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 04 August 1989

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      Right Hand Bat, Leg-break Bowler
      Friday, 15 January 1960
      Chiselhurst, Kent
  • England
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Tim CURTIS - England - Test Profile 1988-1989

Tim Curtis, the Kent-born schoolteacher from Worcester Royal Grammar School, was one of those high-scoring county batsmen who are always talked about as Test possibles but are rarely given a chance. He had scored impressively against both West Indies and Australia for Worcestershire in the early part of his career, but did not get the England call until nine years after his first-class debut. He was called up with England in disarray against the West Indies in 1988, making his debut in the fourth Test at Headingley when he opened with Graham Gooch.


England were already two-nil down in the series and he had to face Marshall, Ambrose, Walsh and Benjamin. In those circumstances his scores of 12 and 12 were reasonable. He was retained for the last Test at the Oval, when he scored 30 and 15, being caught by Viv Richards in each innings. In 1989, with England again on the run, this time before Allan Border's Australians, he was brought in to replace Chris Broad in the third Test. Again Graham Gooch was his partner. He scored 41 in England's only innings before he was lbw to Merv Hughes.


He even got the chance to bowl three overs of his little-used leg breaks as the match meandered to a draw on the last afternoon. At Old Trafford he scored 22, bowled by Geoff Lawson, then was caught off Alderman for 0 in the second innings. At Trent Bridge he opened with Martin Moxon and was lbw to Alderman in both innings, for 2 and 6. Curtis scored 248 for Worcestershire against Somerset at Worcester in 1991. He was appointed captain of Worcestershire in 1992. (Bob Harragan)