John Emburey

Country: England
Born: August 20, 1952, Peckham, London
Height: 6ft 2in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

John Emburey Bio

John Ernest Emburey, born on August 20, 1952, in Peckham, England, is a former professional cricket player hailing from England. Emburey’s career spanned from 1973 to 1995, during which he established himself as one of the best offspinners in the world, particularly in an era when spin bowling was not highly regarded.

Known for his tall stature and classical looping action, Emburey possessed the remarkable ability to extract bounce and away-drift from the pitch. However, his talent often went unnoticed due to the challenging conditions spin bowlers faced in the 1980s. Uncongenial pitches and the rise of one-day cricket forced Emburey to adopt a defensive and negative approach to his bowling.

While his bowling skills may have been stifled, Emburey found opportunities to showcase his versatility in batting. Despite unorthodox techniques, which disregarded footwork and backlift, he managed to score runs while frustrating opposing bowlers. His unyielding commitment to the game and natural inclination for discussions and theories made him an excellent senior professional and a promising coach.

Emburey’s coaching career began when he served as a player-coach and eventually coach for Northamptonshire from 1996 to 1998. Unfortunately, a year before his contract was set to expire, he was unexpectedly sacked. In 2001, he signed to coach Berkshire with plans to emigrate to Australia after the summer season. However, he was appointed as Middlesex’s third coach in as many years just before the start of the season, replacing his former teammate Mike Gatting.

Over the course of six years as Middlesex’s coach, Emburey faced numerous challenges in motivating a transitioning team. He made several acquisitions of average players, leading to the county’s relegation from both the Championship and National League top flights in 2006. In 2007, Emburey assumed the role of director of cricket when Richard Pybus was appointed as coach. However, Pybus unexpectedly resigned five months into his contract, prompting Emburey’s return as coach.

In a surprising turn of events, Emburey was shortlisted for the coaching vacancy in India, alongside South African Graham Ford. Although Ford declined the offer, Emburey followed suit shortly after. He subsequently concluded his tenure with Middlesex and accepted the position of coach for the Ahmedabad Rockets, one of the newly established teams in the unofficial Indian Cricket League.

Throughout his career, Emburey demonstrated resilience and adaptability, both as a player and a coach. His experiences on England’s two rebel tours to South Africa in 1981-82 and 1989-90 further showcased his enduring love for the sport. Despite these controversies, he was warmly welcomed back into the cricketing fraternity, a testament to his skills and character.

As of 2021, John Ernest Emburey’s contributions to cricket continue to be celebrated, and his statistics attest to his immense talent. Although he may not have achieved the same level of recognition as contemporary spinners, his influence is unquestionable. Emburey’s dedication to the game has left a lasting impact on both players and fans alike.

John Emburey Career Stats

John Emburey Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 64 96 20 1713 75 22.53 4811 35.6 0 10 195 6 34 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 61 45 10 501 34 14.31 664 75.45 0 0 32 6 19 0
FC 513 644 130 12021 133 23.38 - - 7 55 - - 459 0
List A 536 355 110 3865 50 15.77 - - 0 2 - - 181 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

John Emburey Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 64 103 15391 5646 147 7/78 7/105 38.4 2.2 104.7 5 6 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 61 61 3425 2346 76 4/37 4/37 30.86 4.1 45 2 0 0
FC 513 - 112862 41958 1608 8/40 - 26.09 2.23 70.1 - 72 12
List A 536 - 26399 16811 647 5/23 5/23 25.98 3.82 40.8 23 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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