Batty has made the most of his modest talent with international recognition in all forms of the game.
The off-spinner began his career with Yorkshire in 1997 but played just one season at Headingley before heading south to Surrey. However, he could not break into their star-studded side and joined Worcestershire for the 2002 season.
He was an instant success at New Road and made his England debut against Australia in the 2002-03 VB Series. Later in 2003, Batty made his Test bow against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Batty was on the receiving end of Brian Lara’s international record 400 not out, in his only 2004 Test appearance.
He was made Worcestershire vice-captain in 2005 when he played in both home Tests against Bangladesh ahead of the Ashes.
Aside from a solitary ODI appearance against India in Kochi in 2006, Batty endured a period of senior international isolation. This stretched until 2009 when he toured the Caribbean for a second time and made his Twenty20 international bow.
He fell out of favour at Worcestershire in 2009 and returned to Surrey on a three-year deal, helping them earn LV= County Championship promotion and win the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2011.
He led the side for much of the 2012 campaign after team-mate Tom Maynard's death saw skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown take a break from cricket and relinquish the captaincy. Batty signed a two-year contract extension at the end of the season.