Paul Downton

Country: England
Born: April 04, 1957, Farnborough, Kent
Height: 5ft 10in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Paul Downton Bio

Paul Rupert Downton was a highly respected cricket player from England, known for his charming personality and unwavering determination on the field. Born on April 4, 1957, in Farnborough, Kent, Downton’s cricketing journey began at a young age, showcasing his exceptional talent as a wicketkeeper.

Downton’s career took off when he earned his cap for Kent in 1979. However, his promising start was overshadowed by the return of legendary wicketkeeper Alan Knott, leading Downton to make the bold decision of moving to Middlesex. In doing so, he joined a team filled with cricketing giants, where he would go on to spend the majority of his cricketing career.

In 1977-78, Downton was given the opportunity to tour Pakistan and New Zealand as Bob Taylor’s understudy, thanks to the support of former England selector John Murray. This tour served as a turning point in his career, as he impressed with his performances and cemented his place as a capable wicketkeeper.

His skills behind the stumps helped Middlesex secure a Championship/Gillette double in 1980, earning him recognition as a valuable asset to the team. Downton made his debut for England against the West Indies in Trinidad, where he showcased his resilience with a match-saving knock of 26 in the following Test at Jamaica.

However, Downton faced a setback during the first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1981 when he dropped a straightforward catch. England went on to lose the match, and Downton was subsequently replaced by Bob Taylor. This marked the beginning of a seesaw battle for the position of England’s wicketkeeper, occasionally retaking the role due to his improved batting skills against fast bowling.

Downton’s tenure as England’s wicketkeeper lasted until 1986, facing criticism for occasional high-profile mistakes despite his generally reliable performances behind the stumps. His most notable moment came during the 1987 World Cup final when he represented England but narrowly missed out on lifting the prestigious trophy.

Despite facing setbacks and being dropped from the national side, Downton remained a respected figure both on and off the field. His calm and composed demeanor made him a beloved teammate and earned him the admiration of his fellow professionals throughout his 30 appearances for England.

After retiring from professional cricket in 1991, Downton embarked on a successful career outside of the sport. He ventured into the City, where he excelled and carved out a reputation for himself. In recognition of his remarkable contributions to cricket, Downton was appointed as the managing director of England cricket in October 2013.

Paul Rupert Downton will forever be remembered as a dedicated cricketer, blessed with a cheerful disposition and an unwavering commitment to the sport. His contributions to Middlesex and England cricket will forever remain a significant part of cricketing history, symbolizing the immense talent and grace he brought to the game.

Paul Downton Career Stats

Paul Downton Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 30 48 8 785 74 19.62 2676 29.33 0 4 67 0 70 5
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 28 20 5 242 44* 16.13 358 67.59 0 0 13 0 26 3
FC 314 405 76 8270 126* 25.13 - - 6 45 - - 690 89
List A 297 212 64 3349 80* 22.62 - - 0 9 - - 281 64
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Paul Downton Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 30 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 28 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 314 - 55 9 1 1/4 - 9 0.98 55 - 0 0
List A 297 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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