Test Debut: England v Pakistan at Karachi, 3rd Test, 1977/78
Last Test: England v Australia at Perth, 5th Test, 1994/95
Major Teams: England, Middlesex, Marylebone Cricket Club
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1984
A prolific county batsman who amassed nearly a hundred centuries over his long career, He captained England and was the last English Captain to retain the Ashes in Australia.
He was an important member of the England team for many years and was the victim of the infamous “ball of the century” that introduced Shane Warne to the English cricketing public. Gatting was a good driver and stern on anything short of a length, generally scoring his runs at a fast pace. He was a useful medium paced bowler, an excellent short-leg fieldsman, and at county level an extremely successful captain, leading Middlesex to many titles. He retired at the end of the 1998 season, and coached Middlesex in 1999. Mike has commentated for Sky and for BBC Test Match Special.
Mike has now been appointed as Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships for the ECB.