Gareth Batty

Country: England
Born: October 13, 1977, Bradford, Yorkshire
Height: 5ft 11in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Gareth Batty Bio

Gareth Jon Batty is a renowned cricket player from England who has made significant contributions to the sport throughout his career. Born in Bradford, Batty’s journey in cricket began when he played for Yorkshire in 1997. However, he soon decided to move south and join Surrey in search of a more regular first-team spot. He then ventured to Worcester, where his exceptional offspin skills saw him take 56 wickets in 2002.

Batty’s talent did not go unnoticed by national selectors, and he was subsequently included in the England Academy squad in Adelaide in 2002-03. This opportunity allowed him to showcase his abilities as he impressed with his tight lines and aggressive fielding during two one-day internationals in Australia. These performances earned him a spot in England’s 14-man squad for the 2004 Champions Trophy.

Although some doubted his ability to trouble Test batsmen with his spin, Batty was selected for England’s tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2003. It was a memorable tour for him, marked by a surfing accident in Galle that nearly claimed his life. Despite facing challenges with the ball, Batty’s batting against Muttiah Muralitharan was a revelation, and he played a pivotal role in saving back-to-back Tests at Galle and Kandy. However, his opportunities thereafter were limited to stand-in roles, including one where he witnessed Brian Lara reach 400 in Antigua.

Despite consistent performances for Worcestershire, Batty eventually fell behind other spinners in the pecking order. However, his determination pushed him to make himself available for county switches, and in 2009, he joined Surrey on a significant deal. Although a controversial move that led to heckling from the crowd upon his return to New Road, it proved to be a turning point in Batty’s career.

Batty’s leadership qualities were put to use when he assumed the captaincy for Surrey in 2012 and 2013. Under his guidance, the team narrowly avoided relegation in 2012 and showed resilience despite finishing bottom of Division One the following year. Batty’s spirited performances, both as a player and a leader, endeared him to the fans, and his passionate celebrations and no-holds-barred appeals became a part of the Kennington soundtrack.

As Surrey achieved promotion to Division One and reached the Royal London One-Day Cup final for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017, Batty continued to thrive as the team’s captain. He was praised for guiding the young team through challenging times and encouraging them to dream of a successful future. Batty played a key role in nurturing Surrey’s talented youngsters, and his experience proved invaluable to the team.

Although Batty took a back-seat role in Surrey’s 2018 Championship triumph, he continued to contribute as a player, earning himself a year’s contract extension in 2019. In the summer of 2020, amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Batty once again stepped up as captain, leading Surrey to T20 Finals Day where they narrowly missed out on clinching the championship.

With his 44th birthday approaching, Batty made the decision to retire from professional cricket and transition into a full-time coaching role at The Oval. His dedication to the sport and his ability to inspire the next generation of cricketers will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the game.

Throughout his career, Batty’s performances on and off the field exemplified his resilience, passion, and commitment to the sport. His return to Test cricket after an 11-year absence stands as a testament to his skill and determination. Gareth Jon Batty’s contributions to the game, both as a player and as a leader, have earned him widespread respect and admiration in the cricketing world.

Gareth Batty Career Stats

Gareth Batty Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 12 2 149 38 14.9 580 25.68 0 0 15 2 3 0
T20Is 1 1 0 4 4 4 7 57.14 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 10 8 2 30 17 5 73 41.09 0 0 1 0 4 0
FC 261 389 68 7399 133 23.04 - - 3 30 - - 163 0
List A 271 200 44 2374 83* 15.21 - - 0 5 - - 84 0
T20s 194 95 34 630 87 10.32 621 101.44 0 1 45 14 50 0

Gareth Batty Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 9 13 1714 914 15 3/55 5/153 60.93 3.19 114.2 0 0 0
T20Is 1 1 18 17 0 - - - 5.66 - 0 0 0
ODIs 10 9 440 366 5 2/40 2/40 73.2 4.99 88 0 0 0
FC 261 - 46183 22356 682 8/64 - 32.78 2.9 67.7 - 27 4
List A 271 - 10713 8283 255 5/35 5/35 32.48 4.63 42 6 3 0
T20s 194 181 3452 4183 155 4/13 4/13 26.98 7.27 22.2 4 0 0

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