David Steele

Country: England
Born: September 29, 1941, Bradeley, Staffordshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox

David Steele Bio

David Stanley Steele, a highly respected and immensely talented cricket player from England, left an indelible mark on the sport during his short but memorable career. Known for both his formidable skills and his distinctive appearance, Steele was a true testament to the power of determination and sheer talent.

Born on September 1, 1941, in Staffordshire, England, David Steele developed a passion for cricket at an early age. As a middle-order batsman for Northants, Steele quickly made a name for himself in the county cricket scene. However, it was his inclusion in Tony Greig’s first Test as captain in 1975 that truly propelled him into the national spotlight.

Steele’s international career spanned a mere eight matches and just over a year, but his impact was profound. Despite his unassuming and mature demeanor that belied his actual age of 33, Steele fearlessly faced some of the best fast bowlers in the world. His success against fierce opponents such as Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and the formidable West Indian pace quartet in 1976 (Roberts, Holding, Daniel, Holder) gained him national recognition and adoration.

Known for his solid defensive technique, characterized by a firm, long-striding, forward stroke, Steele consistently displayed resilience and poise at the crease. Rather than succumbing to fear in the face of daunting opponents, he thrived under pressure, demonstrating unwavering determination. This exceptional ability to perform at the highest level earned him a place as a national hero.

Steele’s impact was evident from his debut at Lord’s, where he scored an impressive 50 and 45, despite losing his way from the home dressing-room to the Long Room. His immense talent was further accentuated by a remarkable innings of 106 against the formidable West Indies at Trent Bridge. Steele’s ability to succeed against such formidable opponents showcased his exceptional talent and unwavering resolve.

Off the field, Steele was a well-liked and drily humorous individual, charming fans and fellow players alike with his wit and warmth. His popularity extended beyond the cricketing realm when he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1975, a testament to his widespread appeal and the impact he had on the nation.

In addition to his cricketing achievements, Steele became known for an intriguing episode in his career involving a Northampton butcher. In his benefit season, he managed to persuade the butcher to reward him in kind, resulting in him receiving a staggering 1756 lamb chops, one for every run he had scored. This humorous anecdote further endeared him to the public, solidifying his place as a respected and beloved figure in cricketing folklore.

Although David Stanley Steele’s international career may have been brief, his impact transcended his limited appearances. His exceptional resilience, fearless attitude, and unwavering determination elevated him to the status of a national hero. While his cricketing feats remain etched in the annals of the sport, his charm and warmth continue to make him an adored figure in the cricketing world and beyond.

David Steele Career Stats

David Steele Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 8 16 0 673 106 42.06 1700 39.58 1 5 74 3 7 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 0 8 8 8 12 66.66 0 0 1 0 0 0
FC 500 812 124 22346 140* 32.47 - - 30 117 - - 546 0
List A 260 224 34 4381 109 23.05 - - 1 20 - - 91 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

David Steele Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 8 4 88 39 2 1/1 2/20 19.5 2.65 44 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 6 9 0 - - - 9 - 0 0 0
FC 500 - 36693 15511 623 8/29 - 24.89 2.53 58.8 - 26 3
List A 260 - 3323 2290 81 4/21 4/21 28.27 4.13 41 2 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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