Ed Giddins

Country: England
Born: July 20, 1971, Eastbourne, Sussex
Height: 6ft 4in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Ed Giddins Bio

Edward Simon Hunter Giddins, commonly known as Ed Giddins, is a former professional cricket player from England. Born on June 7, 1971, in Brighton, East Sussex, Giddins had a rollercoaster career characterized by both on-field achievements and off-field controversies.

Giddins’ cricketing journey began at a young age, and he quickly established himself as a promising talent. Blessed with a muscular physique and a fiery bowling action, Giddins possessed the ability to generate sharp pace, making him a formidable opponent on helpful wickets. His talents earned him a Test debut in 1999, playing against New Zealand. However, his real moment of glory came in his second Test, in the following summer, against Zimbabwe at Lord’s. Giddins produced a scintillating performance, taking an impressive 5-15 in the first innings, which ultimately led to him winning the match award.

Despite his initial success, Giddins struggled to replicate his performance in subsequent Tests. The flat wickets encountered in Test cricket posed a challenge for him, as he found it difficult to penetrate the opposition batting line-up. As a result, Giddins was eventually dropped from the national team after just three Tests, although his bowling average remained commendably low.

Off the field, Giddins garnered attention for his controversial antics. He faced a ban of 18 months in 1998 due to his involvement in a drugs scandal during his time at Sussex. However, he used this time to showcase his business acumen by setting up a Christmas tree selling enterprise with his teammate, Nadeem Shahid. Giddins’s determination to stay connected to the game even during his ban demonstrated his passion for cricket.

Giddins transferred to Warwickshire in 1998, seeking a fresh start after the drugs scandal. However, his on-field performance gradually declined, leading to his subsequent moves to Surrey and Hampshire. Ultimately, a series of disappointing performances and a string of injuries forced Giddins to retire prematurely during the 2003 season.

Although Giddins’ bowling skills brought him recognition, his batting prowess left much to be desired. He often found himself competing with lower-order batsmen for the position of number eleven in the batting lineup. Despite this, Giddins’ determination and resilience allowed him to secure the spot and contribute as a tailender.

While Giddins’ cricketing career had its highs and lows, it is unfortunate that he is often remembered more for his off-field activities than his achievements on the pitch. His involvement in a cocaine scandal, no-ball controversy, and subsequent ban for betting on his county to lose a match tarnished his reputation and overshadowed his cricketing abilities.

Today, Giddins remains an enigmatic figure in English cricketing history. His exploits, both positive and negative, serve as a reminder of the complexities and challenges faced by professional athletes both on and off the field. Although his career may be clouded by controversy, it can’t be denied that during his prime, Ed Giddins was a force to be reckoned with, showcasing his skill and determination to succeed in the competitive world of cricket.

Ed Giddins Career Stats

Ed Giddins Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 7 3 10 7 2.5 56 17.85 0 0 1 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 147 175 74 534 34 5.28 - - 0 0 - - 22 0
List A 192 72 33 107 13* 2.74 - - 0 0 - - 36 0
T20s 5 2 0 1 1 0.5 8 12.5 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ed Giddins Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 6 444 240 12 5/15 7/42 20 3.24 37 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 147 - 25376 13562 478 6/47 - 28.37 3.2 53 - 22 2
List A 192 - 8887 6483 229 5/20 5/20 28.31 4.37 38.8 4 2 0
T20s 5 5 66 109 2 1/19 1/19 54.5 9.9 33 0 0 0

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