Monday, 28 December 2009

Ten years on

Statistically and, in my case rather unbelievably, it has been almost ten years since the turn of the millennium. There will not be such a fuss made as 2009 turns into 2010 as there was a decade ago. Can you guess what England’s first XI was for their first Test match in 2000? What do they do now and do any still play? The England XI to play South Africa (which included Jacques Kallis, the only player still playing Test Cricket from the twenty-two named in both sides) was:
  1. Mark Butcher – retired from first class cricket in 2009
  2. Michael Atherton – retired in 2001. He works for The Times and is part of Sky TVs commentary team
  3. Nasser Hussain (Captain) – retired in 2004 after making a winning century at Lord’s. Nasser is part of the Sky TV commentary team.
  4. Michael Vaughan – retired in 2009 whilst still holding an England player contract. Now works for Test Match Special and as an artist.
  5. Alec Stewart – is a member of the Surrey coaching staff and may also work for ‘Essentially’ (his company was bought by them)
  6. Andrew Caddick – retired from first class cricket in 2009 and now sells helicopters
  7. Chris Adams – played his last first class match for Sussex at the end of 2008 and is now the cricket manager at Surrey
  8. Andrew Flintoff – Retired from test cricket at the end of the 2009 Ashes series and is currently recovering from a knee operation
  9. Darren Gough – Retired from first class cricket in 2008 and now works for talkSPORT
  10. Chris Silverwood – Chris was released by Middlesex at the end of the 2009 season
  11. Phil Tufnell – retired from cricket in 2003 and has a successful career in TV and radio.


Mahesh said...

I got 9 right. I thought Athers retired before that.

Chris Silverwood?? Who? I still can't place him.

Rob said...

Silverwood played for Yorkshire in 2000. A useful bowler - on the edge of Test cricket.