Jonathan Agnew

Country: England
Born: April 04, 1960, Macclesfield, Cheshire
Height: 6ft 4in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast

Jonathan Agnew Bio

Jonathan Philip Agnew, fondly known as Jonathan Agnew or “Aggers” amongst cricket enthusiasts, is a former English cricketer and one of the most respected voices in cricket commentary. Born on April 4, 1960, in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, Agnew’s cricketing journey brought him success both on and off the field.

Agnew began his cricketing career in Leicestershire. After a remarkable season for Uppingham, where he took 37 wickets at an impressive average of 8, he was drafted into the Leicestershire side in 1978. It didn’t take long for Agnew to make an impact, as he dismissed a batsman with just his fourth ball in first-class cricket. His performance caught the attention of selectors, and in 1984, he earned his first caps for England, representing his country against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Although Agnew’s international career may have been brief, with just three Test appearances, he enjoyed success at the domestic level. He showcased his abilities as a fast bowler and demonstrated genuine pace when conditions were in his favor. However, in 1987, he made a conscious decision to change his approach, focusing more on control rather than outright speed. This decision paid off, as Agnew excelled in the 1987 county season, claiming an impressive 101 wickets for Leicestershire. He continued to be the most consistent English pace bowler in county cricket during the 1987 and 1988 seasons, demonstrating his skill and dedication to the game.

Despite his stellar performances, Agnew found himself overlooked by national selectors, facing a dearth of fast bowling talent in the country. However, this setback didn’t deter him from contributing to the sport he loved. In 1987, he began working as a sports producer with BBC Radio Leicester, showcasing his versatility and knowledge of the game. In 1988, Agnew added another string to his bow as he authored a captivating book, “Eight Days A Week,” providing insights into the life of a county professional cricketer.

Agnew’s career took an exciting turn, as in 1990-91, he covered England as a journalist in Australia for the esteemed Today newspaper. The experience further honed his skills as a cricket correspondent, harnessing his ability to dissect the game and offer valuable insights to audiences. Shortly after his return from Australia, Agnew was appointed as the BBC’s cricket correspondent, a position he held until his retirement in 2019.

It is Agnew’s tenure with the BBC as their cricket correspondent and commentator that has defined his legacy in the cricketing world. Known for his authoritative yet endearingly juvenile approach to the game, he became an integral part of the iconic Test Match Special team, entertaining fans across the globe. His deep understanding of the sport, coupled with his ability to evoke emotions through his commentary, made him a beloved figure amongst cricket enthusiasts.

Throughout his career, Agnew’s passion for the game was evident. Even after retiring from professional cricket, he answered a call from his former side, Leicestershire, to play in the 1992 NatWest semi-final. With his characteristic control and precision, Agnew contributed to his team’s success, taking 1 for 31 in 12 economical overs.

Jonathan Agnew remains a highly respected figure in the cricketing world. His contribution to the sport goes beyond his achievements as a player, as he continues to captivate audiences with his insightful commentary and engaging persona. Agnew’s passion for cricket remains as strong as ever, ensuring that his influence and contribution to the game will endure for years to come.

Jonathan Agnew Career Stats

Jonathan Agnew Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 4 3 10 5 10 28 35.71 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 1 1 2 2* - 3 66.66 0 0 0 0 1 0
FC 218 232 49 2118 90 11.57 - - 0 2 - - 39 0
List A 147 61 25 335 26 9.3 - - 0 0 - - 19 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Jonathan Agnew Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 6 552 373 4 2/51 2/97 93.25 4.05 138 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 3 126 120 3 3/38 3/38 40 5.71 42 0 0 0
FC 218 - 35388 19485 666 9/70 - 29.25 3.3 53.1 - 37 6
List A 147 - 6813 4624 158 5/30 5/30 29.26 4.07 43.1 2 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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