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Chris Read

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Full Name: Christopher Mark Wells Read
Born: August 10 1978 , Paignton, Devon
County: Nottinghamshire
Other teams: England, Gloucestershire, Devon
Test debut: England v New Zealand at Birmingham, Jul 1-3, 1999
ODI debut: South Africa v England at Bloemfontein, Jan 23, 2000
Batting Style: Right-hand bat


One of the finest wicketkeepers of his generation, Read will perhaps be best remembered for attempting to duck under a Chris Cairns slower-ball yorker and being bowled in his second Test appearance. A spell on the international fringes, not solely due to that moment, followed, but Read earned his next opportunity when Alec Stewart retired in 2003. A successful tour behind the stumps followed against West Indies, only for him to be surprisingly be dropped for Geraint Jones, who was seen as the better batsman. The latter held the position until 2006, when a catalogue of errors became too ...

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