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Nick Knight

Nick Knight

BSc in Sociology, 1991

Former England cricketer, Nick played 17 test matches and 100 one-day internationals. During a career which spanned more than 15 years, he made 16,172 runs at 44.18 and 40 hundreds. His highest score was an unbeaten 303.

Knight made his World Cup Cricket debut in the 2003 tournament. He performed well in an unsuccessful campaign for England and famously faced the first delivery in cricket officially to break the 100 mph barrier, bowled by Shoaib Akhtar.

He joined Brentwood Cricket Club in 1989, before moving to Essex in 1991. Four years later, he transferred to Warwickshire, captaining the team from 2003 to 2005.

Nick recalls his most memorable sporting moment as being cutting Wasim Akram for four at Headingley to make a Test match hundred against Pakistan. “I don’t honestly think that I ever believed, when I was growing up, that I would score a hundred for England. Yes, I wanted desperately to play for England, but I was a realist. My debut was a great moment, but I was scared senseless, with Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh bearing down. I was out first ball to Ambrose, caught at leg gully, but Dickie Bird called ‘no-ball’ and I was there another hour”

Knight, who began his career at Essex but moved to Warwickshire in 1995, was a world-class fielder – whether at third slip, in the gully, at short midwicket or as a cover sweeper – and an outgoing, hard-to-suppress team man. He announced his intention to retire from International cricket in 2003 and first class cricket at the end of 2006, and soon after was unveilled as the latest member of Sky Sports’ commentary team.