Playing Role - Left-Hand Bat & Right-Arm Medium Pace Bowler
County - Somerset & England
Date of Birth - 25 December 1974
Marcus is a powerful left-handed opening batter. He has been a loyal servant of Somerset and a keystone in the England batting line up between 2000-2006. His final appearance for England was in an ODI vs. Pakistan in September 2006.
In 2008, Marcus announced his retirement from international cricket due to episodes of anxiety and depression
While his international career came to a premature end, 2019 will see Marcus playing his 27th season for Somerset.
His Somerset career began in 1993 when he made his first-class debut vs. Lancashire. He has played in over 380 first-class games, scored more than 26000 runs and hit over 60 centuries. Between 2010-2015 he captained Somerset and was named the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Year on three occasions (2000, 2009 and 2011).
Marcus played in 76 test matches for England, scoring a glorious first innings 219 vs. South Africa in 2003 at the Oval. In his six-year test career he scored more than 5800 runs (AVG 43.79) and hit 14 centuries. During his stint with England Marcus stepped forward to captain the team in two test and ten ODIs.
Marcus was not just a destructive opener at test level, his ODI record at international level stands up to scrutiny. In 123 ODIs he struck over 4000 runs (AVG 37.37) at a Strike Rate of 85.21.
In 2008, Marcus published his well-received autobiography “Coming Back to Me” He is a patron of Anxiety UK.
As-well-as playing, Marcus is an analyst for Sky Sports.
Marcus has formed a solid working relationship with:-
Gray-Nicolls – Gray-Nicolls provide Marcus with equipment that allows him to produce a consistent high level of performance for Somerset.
(Photo by Alex Davidson)
(Profile Update 08/04/19)