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Nick Knight
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Personal information
Full name Nicholas Verity Knight
Born 28 November 1969 (1969-11-28) (age 50)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Opening batsman, commentator
International information
National side England
Test debut 27 July 1995 v West Indies
Last Test 31 May 2001 v Pakistan
ODI debut 29 August 1996 v Pakistan
Last ODI 2 March 2003 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 1
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 17 100 240 414
Runs scored 719 3,637 16,172 13,478
Batting average 23.96 40.41 44.18 38.61
100s/50s 1/4 5/25 40/77 30/68
Top score 113 125* 303* 151
Balls bowled 249 90
Wickets 1 2
Bowling average 271.00 44.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/61 1/14
Catches/stumpings 26/– 44/– 292/– 174/–
Source: Cricinfo, 18 July 2015

Nicholas Verity Knight (born 28 November 1969) is an English cricket commentator and former England cricketer. Knight was given his middle name in honour of the 1930s English Test bowler Hedley Verity who was killed in World War II and is a distant family relation. A left-handed opening batsman and a fine fielder, Knight played in 17 Test Matches and 100 One Day Internationals before announcing his retirement from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup.

International career

Test Cricket

He struggled in the Test arena and made only 1 test century, an innings of 113 vs Pakistan at Headingley in 1996. His next best score was 96 vs Zimbabwe in a drawn game at Bulawayo in 1996–97. The most obvious reason for this was his technique. Never afraid of genuine fast bowling, his footwork was often not decisive enough which caused him at times to appear to be backing away from short balls and his test innings frequently ended giving a catch to the slips or the wicket-keeper. As a fine fielder and a hard worker, it is surprising that he did not play more for England – the England team was not blessed with too many good batsman during Knight's era. However two of the better batsmen were Michael Atherton and Mark Butcher with whom Knight was vying for a place for most of his career. Atherton too was captain of England until 1998 so would have been an automatic choice for opening batsman.

One Day Internationals

Knight was a far more successful, and certainly regular, one-day player for England. In one-day cricket, this backing away in fact helped him score a lot of runs and became something of a hallmark. This same strength/weakness was mirrored in Michael Bevan – one of Knight's contemporaries.

Debuting in 1996, he scored centuries in his second and third innings in ODI cricket, on consecutive days against a Pakistan bowling attack that included Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.Nick Knight set a world record for the highest ever ODI innings by a batsman when carrying his bat through his innings(125*) when he achieved it v Pakistan in 1996. He was also the first Englishman to carry his bat in an ODI innings.

Knight wasn't selected for the World Cup team in 1999 and made his World Cup debut in the 2003 tournament. He performed well in an unsuccessful campaign for England and faced the first delivery in cricket officially to break the 100 mph barrier, bowled by Shoaib Akhtar. He "pushed it nonchalantly to square leg."

International centuries

ODI Centuries

ODI Centuries of Nick Knight
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 113 2 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Manchester, England Edgbaston Cricket Ground 31 August 1996 Won
[2] 125* 3 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 1 September 1996 Lost
[3] 122 17 Flag of West Indies West Indies Bridgetown, Barbados Kennington Oval 29 March 1998 Won
[4] 105 70 Flag of India India Delhi, India Feroz Shah Kotla 31 January 2002 Won
[5] 111* 86 Flag of Australia Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 13 December 2002 Lost

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

# Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 31 August 1996 113 (132 balls, 11x4) ; 1 Ct. Flag of England England won by 107 runs.
2 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 23 February 1997 84* (70 balls, 12x4) Flag of England England won by 6 wickets.
3 West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 29 March 1998 122 (130 balls, 13x4, 4x6) ; 1 Ct. Flag of England England won by 16 runs.
4 West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 1 April 1998 90 (107 balls, 7x4, 1x6) Flag of West Indies West Indies won by 1 wicket.
5 Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 13 October 2001 1 Ct. ; 80* (119 balls, 6x4) Flag of England England won by 7 wickets.

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Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 vte
Australia George Bailey (40.58) • Michael Bevan (53.58) • Michael Hussey (48.15) • Adam Voges (45.78) • Michael Clarke (44.58) • Dean Jones (44.61) • Matthew Hayden (43.80) • Ricky Ponting (42.03) • Shane Watson (40.54) • Callum Ferguson (41.43) • Damien Martyn (40.80) • Greg Chappell (40.18)
Bangladesh
England Jonathan Trott (51.25) • Kevin Pietersen (40.73) • Nick Knight (40.41) • Chris Broad (40.02)
India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50.57) • Virat Kohli (59.70) • Shikhar Dhawan (44.90) • Sachin Tendulkar (44.83) • Sourav Ganguly (41.02)
New Zealand Glenn Turner (47.00)
Pakistan Zaheer Abbas (47.62) • Misbah-ul-Haq (43.40) • Mohammad Yousuf (41.71) • Javed Miandad (41.70)
South Africa Hashim Amla (49.46) • AB de Villiers (53.50) • Jacques Kallis (44.36) • Boeta Dippenaar (42.23) • Lance Klusener (41.10) • Gary Kirsten (40.95)
West Indies Viv Richards (47.00) • Gordon Greenidge (45.03) • Ramnaresh Sarwan (42.67) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (41.60) • Desmond Haynes (41.37) • Brian Lara (40.48)
The Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00)

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