Robert Croft

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Robert Croft
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Personal information
Full nameRobert Damien Bale Croft
Born (1970-05-25) 25 May 1970 (age 50)
Morriston, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleAll rounder
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  582)22 August 1996 v  Pakistan
Last Test2 August 2001 v  Australia
ODI debut(cap  138)29 August 1996 v  Pakistan
Last ODI21 June 2001 v  Australia
Domestic team information
1989–2012 Glamorgan (squad no. 10)
1996 Marylebone Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Runs scored42134512,8806,490
Batting average 16.1914.3726.1723.42
Top score37*3214362*
Balls bowled4,6192,46689,15618,511
Wickets 49451,175411
Bowling average 37.2438.7335.0832.62
5 wickets in innings 10511
10 wickets in match0090
Best bowling5/953/518/666/20
Catches/stumpings 10/011/0177/094/0
Source: Cricinfo, 24 October 2012

Robert Damien Bale Croft MBE (born 25 May 1970) is a former Welsh cricketer who played international cricket for England. He is an off-spin bowler who played for Glamorgan and captained the county from 2003 to 2006. He retired from first class cricket at the end of the 2012 season, having played county cricket for 23 seasons. He commentates on cricket occasionally for Sky Sports.


Early life and education

Croft was born on 25 May 1970 in Morriston, Swansea. He was educated at St John Lloyd's Roman Catholic Comprehensive School, Llanelli. He played rugby union as a scrum half for Llanelli RFC Under-11s. He studied at Swansea Metropolitan University.

Cricketing career

He made his England debut against Pakistan in 1996, and did enough to earn a touring place to Zimbabwe and New Zealand. In Christchurch, he took his Test best figures of 5–95 and his winter figures were a highly impressive 182.1–53–340–18. He played the first five tests of the 1997 Ashes series but was dropped for the final test, replaced by Phil Tufnell, after averaging 54 with the ball and showing a weakness to short-pitched fast bowling as a batsman. His last wicket stand with Angus Fraser in the third Test of the 1998 series against South Africa saved England from an innings defeat, personally scoring 37 not out.

His final Test match was the third Ashes Test of 2001 at Trent Bridge where he bowled just 3 overs. He was selected for the subsequent tour of India but he withdrew because of safety fears [1] and was also selected for the 2003/04 tour of Sri Lanka but failed to play. After returning home, he announced his international retirement to concentrate on the captaincy of Glamorgan.

On 12 September 2006, after just two County Championship victories in 15 games thus far in the season, he announced his resignation from the captaincy, and was succeeded by David Hemp.

Exactly a year later, he passed 1,000 first-class wickets after dismissing Niall O'Brien; he became the first Welsh cricketer to take the double of 10,000 runs and 1,000 wickets. [2] In November 2007, he joined voices calling for a "clampdown" on Twenty20 problems with abusive crowds, after suffering abusive calls at Taunton Cricket Ground. [3] On 1 August 2010 he got his first hat-trick against Gloucestershire to help Glamorgan win the match. It also made him the first Glamorgan spinner to take a hat-trick in 46 years.

Croft was once honoured as a druid at the Welsh cultural event, the National Eisteddfod. [4]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cricket. [5]

In October 2018, Croft left his role as Glamorgan head coach. [6]

England tours

England `A`


Team honours

Glamorgan (1989 – 2012)


Individual honours

Career best performances

Tests 37* England v South Africa Manchester 19985–95 England v New Zealand Christchurch 1997
ODI 32 England v Sri Lanka Perth 19993–51 England v South Africa The Oval 1998
FC 143 Glamorgan v Somerset Taunton 19958–66 Glamorgan v Warwickshire Swansea 1992
LA 143 Glamorgan Dragons v Lincolnshire Lincoln 20046–20 Glamorgan v Worcestershire Cardiff 1994
T20 62* Glamorgan Dragons v Gloucestershire Gladiators Cardiff 20053–9 Glamorgan Dragons v Somerset Cardiff 2011



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