Peter Roebuck

Country: England
Born: March 06, 1956, Oxford
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Died: November 12, 2011, Southern Sun Hotel, Claremont, Cape Town, (aged 55y 251d)

Peter Roebuck Bio

Peter Michael Roebuck, born on March 6, 1956, in England, was a remarkable cricket player, journalist, and author. Throughout his life, he was known for his intelligence, complexity, and often misunderstood nature. Roebuck had a fascinating and successful career in cricket, leaving a lasting impact on the sport.

Roebuck’s journey in cricket began at a young age when he made his debut for Somerset 2nd XI as a leg spinner at the astonishing age of 13 in 1969. After completing his education at Millfield and Cambridge, where he excelled both academically and on the cricket field, he joined Somerset as a full-time player in 1974. During his time at Cambridge, he achieved a remarkable feat by scoring 158 runs in one of the three Varsity matches he played. However, it wasn’t until 1978 that Roebuck truly established himself in the Somerset county side.

Roebuck’s batting style can be best described as solid and dependable rather than flashy and flamboyant. His contributions often went unnoticed in a team that boasted players like Ian Botham and Viv Richards. Despite this, he managed to surpass the 1000-run mark nine times in twelve seasons and emerged as one of the leading batsmen on the county circuit during the mid to late 1980s.

Despite his consistent performances at the domestic level, Roebuck never received an opportunity to represent England, which was a disappointment for him. Nevertheless, he continued to lead Somerset as captain in the mid-1980s. It was during this time that a bitter dressing-room dispute occurred, polarizing the team and resulting in the sacking of Richards and Joel Garner, as well as the departure of Botham.

Following his retirement from first-class cricket in 1991, Roebuck remained involved in the sport by playing regularly for Devon and captaining the team for nearly a decade. However, at a certain point, he decided to turn his back on his home country and moved to Australia and South Africa.

Roebuck’s passion for cricket extended beyond the field, as he ventured into journalism while still an active player. He quickly gained recognition as an intelligent writer who fearlessly expressed his opinions. Roebuck became a columnist for prestigious newspapers such as The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He also authored several books, which showcased his insightful perspective on cricket and life.

Perhaps Roebuck’s father summarized him best in his autobiography, “Sometimes I Forgot To Laugh” (2005), stating that in traditional circles, his son might be considered odd, but in reality, he was merely obscure and oblique. Roebuck was an unconventional loner with an independent outlook on life, a witty sense of humor, and at times, a sharp and cutting tongue.

Roebuck’s untimely demise occurred on November 12, 2011, at the age of 55, in a hotel room in Cape Town during a cricket tour. He passed away alone, shortly after South Africa achieved a dramatic victory over Australia in the first Test. Roebuck’s death left a void in the cricketing community, as he was not only an exceptional player but also a respected journalist and author whose contributions will be remembered for years to come.

Peter Roebuck Career Stats

Peter Roebuck Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 335 552 81 17558 221* 37.27 - - 33 93 - - 162 0
List A 298 278 35 7244 120 29.81 - - 5 38 - - 74 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Peter Roebuck Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 335 - 7606 3540 72 6/50 - 49.16 2.79 105.6 - 1 0
List A 298 - 1785 1280 51 4/11 4/11 25.09 4.3 35 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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