Michael Yardy

Country: England
Born: November 27, 1980, Pembury, Kent
Height: 6ft
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Allrounder

Michael Yardy Bio

Michael Howard Yardy, born on September 27, 1980, in Pembury, Kent, is an English cricketer best known for his time playing for Sussex and representing England in various formats of the game.

Yardy’s cricket career began to gain traction when he scored his maiden first-class century in a match against Surrey in 2004. This sparked a run of form that propelled him to the top of the domestic batting charts. His consistent performances led to him being selected for the England A tour of the West Indies and later the Champions Trophy. However, Yardy’s time in the national team was marred by the selectors’ insistence on batting him at No. 4, which hindered his overall image and ultimately led to his exclusion from the squad.

Nevertheless, Yardy continued to shine for Sussex and was appointed as the county’s captain in 2009. Under his leadership, Sussex won two one-day trophies, including the Twenty20 Cup, showcasing Yardy’s steely approach and tactical acumen in limited-overs cricket.

Yardy’s left-arm spin bowling and ability to contribute with the bat made him a valuable asset for the England selectors. He made a comeback to the national squad for the 2010 World Twenty20, forming a formidable spin partnership with Graeme Swann that played a crucial role in England’s victory in the tournament. This success earned him a regular place in the England team, and he was later selected for the 2011 World Cup.

However, Yardy’s international career took a devastating turn when he flew home from Colombo, three days before the quarterfinals of the World Cup, due to clinical depression. This was not the first time Yardy had battled with mental health issues, as he had struggled with depression for a significant portion of his career. Despite the challenges he faced, Yardy received immense support from the cricket community, and he returned to county cricket with Sussex in the summer of 2011.

Throughout his 15-year tenure with Sussex, Yardy proved himself to be an exceptional county professional. He won seven trophies, which included three County Championships, and transformed himself from an unremarkable player to a highly respected figure in the cricketing world. Despite a shock relegation from Division One in his farewell season in 2015, Yardy’s determination and dedication on the field earned him a standing ovation for his century against Yorkshire and a farewell hundred against Somerset.

Yardy’s battle with depression influenced his decision to retire from the sport in order to prioritize his mental health. Despite the struggles he faced, Yardy’s contributions to Sussex and English cricket should never be underestimated. His left-arm spin, tight fielding, and ability to score crucial runs made him an invaluable member of any team.

Off the pitch, Yardy has been an advocate for mental health awareness, openly discussing his experiences with depression and the importance of seeking help. His journey serves as an inspiration to others facing similar challenges in their own lives.

As Yardy embarks on the next chapter of his life, his legacy as a devoted cricketer, respected leader, and mental health advocate will continue to inspire future generations of players and supporters alike.

Michael Yardy Career Stats

Michael Yardy Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 14 8 5 96 35* 32 72 133.33 0 0 9 1 8 0
ODIs 28 24 8 326 60* 20.37 472 69.06 0 2 20 1 10 0
FC 193 320 27 10693 257 36.49 - - 23 50 - - 184 0
List A 209 178 31 3677 98* 25.01 - - 0 23 - - 75 0
T20s 126 94 33 1250 76* 20.49 1214 102.96 0 2 104 12 39 0

Michael Yardy Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 14 13 276 299 11 2/19 2/19 27.18 6.5 25 0 0 0
ODIs 28 28 1332 1075 21 3/24 3/24 51.19 4.84 63.4 0 0 0
FC 193 - 3675 2192 29 5/83 - 75.58 3.57 126.7 - 1 0
List A 209 - 6408 5474 141 6/27 6/27 38.82 5.12 45.4 3 1 0
T20s 126 112 2397 2710 100 3/21 3/21 27.1 6.78 23.9 0 0 0

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