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Mike Selvey


Born at Chiswick, Middlesex in 1948, Mike Selvey was a right-arm fast medium bowler and right-handed lower order batsman. He represented Surrey in 6 matches between 1968 and 1971, before attaining a blue whilst at Cambridge University in 1971. He joined Middlesex in 1972 and played 213 matches for the county until 1982. He left Lord's after his Benefit in 1982, to take up the appointment as captain of Glamorgan between 1983 and 1984 when he was forced to retire after 39 matches due to injury. For the county he bagged 615 wickets (av. 25.45) with a best performance of 7 for 20 versus Gloucestershire at Gloucester in 1976, in 1978 he took 101 wickets (av. 19.09). He scored 1,835 runs (av. 12.48) with a top score of 67 versus Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 1980/81 and he held 56 catches. He played three Tests for England between 1976 and 1976/77 taking 6 wickets (av. 57.16) with a best performance of 4 for 41 versus West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1976, 15 runs (av. 7.50) and a single catch. He is now a well-known sporting journalist with The Guardian Newspaper and broadcaster for BBC Radio Test Match Special.