Phil DeFreitas

Country: England
Born: February 18, 1966, Scotts Head, Dominica
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Phil DeFreitas Bio

Phillip Anthony Jason DeFreitas, commonly known as Phil DeFreitas, was a cricketer who represented England on the international stage. Born on January 13, 1966, in Dominica, West Indies, DeFreitas migrated to England as a child and began his cricketing journey there.

DeFreitas possessed a unique and unorthodox bowling action, with a side-on squint-cum-grimace, which made him stand out on the field. Despite his unconventional style, he was regarded as one of England’s most reliable seam bowlers during his prime years in the early 1990s. Known for his ability to generate away movement, inswing, and legcutters, he was a consistent wicket-taker for his team. Later in his career, DeFreitas also added offbreaks to his bowling repertoire, displaying his versatility.

At just 20 years old, DeFreitas made his Test debut for England during the Ashes series in Australia. However, his lack of effectiveness on overseas pitches limited his appearances for the national team mainly to the English summer. The emergence of Dominic Cork in 1995 further reduced his chances of representing England in Tests, marking the end of his Test career.

While DeFreitas’s bowling skills were widely acknowledged, his batting took longer to develop. It took him 23 Test matches before he scored his first half-century, showcasing his patience and determination. Nevertheless, he proved to be a destructive batsman on several occasions. Notably, he turned games around with his aggressive hitting over the top during matches at The Oval in 1994 and Adelaide in the following winter. Despite these flashes of brilliance, his inconsistency and occasional self-destructive tendencies prevented him from becoming the all-round player England desired post-Ian Botham.

DeFreitas made significant contributions to county cricket in England, having a long and illustrious career spanning two decades. He initially represented Leicestershire, where his journey began in 1985. He blossomed as a player during his stint at Lancashire, where he played a crucial role in winning multiple one-day trophies for the team. After his time at Lancashire, DeFreitas transferred to Derbyshire before returning to Leicestershire to finish his career.

In 2005, DeFreitas bid farewell to professional cricket, retiring from the sport at the very ground where he had started his career – Grace Road. However, he continued to stay connected to the game through appearances in exhibition matches, such as representing the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association) Masters in the inaugural International 20:20 Championships.

Phil DeFreitas’s contribution to cricket extends beyond his playing career. He was known for his strong arm as a fielder, making him a natural fit for the cover sweeper position. Moreover, his passion for the sport is evident in his ongoing involvement in coaching and mentoring aspiring cricketers.

Today, DeFreitas’s legacy lives on, and his achievements on the field serve as an inspiration for future generations of cricketers. With his unique style and unwavering commitment, he left an indelible mark on English cricket, showcasing his skills as a seam bowler, a destructive batsman, and a professional at the county level.

Phil DeFreitas Career Stats

Phil DeFreitas Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 44 68 5 934 88 14.82 1691 55.23 0 4 103 8 14 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 103 66 23 690 67 16.04 823 83.83 0 1 46 10 26 0
FC 372 533 50 10991 123* 22.75 - - 10 54 - - 127 0
List A 479 346 67 5181 90 18.56 - - 0 13 - - 101 0
T20s 11 9 1 63 18 7.87 72 87.5 0 0 3 2 0 0

Phil DeFreitas Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 44 76 9838 4700 140 7/70 9/165 33.57 2.86 70.2 8 4 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 103 103 5712 3775 115 4/35 4/35 32.82 3.96 49.6 1 0 0
FC 372 - 72073 34809 1248 7/21 - 27.89 2.89 57.7 - 61 6
List A 479 - 23007 15054 539 5/13 5/13 27.92 3.92 42.6 12 7 0
T20s 11 10 150 217 9 3/39 3/39 24.11 8.68 16.6 0 0 0

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