Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck

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Peter Michael Roebuck (born 6 March 1956 in Oxford, United Kingdom) is a former cricket player and is now a newspaper columnist and radio commentator. He studied law at Cambridge University, and was the captain of the English county side Somerset. He also captained an England one-day cricket team to defeat in Holland. Roebuck attended Millfield School where his mother was a maths teacher and his father an economics teacher.


Tall, bespectacled and of bookish appearance, Roebuck was a right-handed batsman, often used as an opener, and occasionally bowled right-arm offspin. He played for Somerset's second eleven at the age of 13, and regular first-class cricket from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. He later played Minor Counties cricket for Devon.

In 335 first-class matches he scored 17,558 runs at an average of 37.27, making 33 centuries with a highest score of 221* and took 72 wickets at 49.16. In 298 one day matches he scored 7244 runs at 29.81 while taking 51 wickets at 25.09.

Roebuck was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1988.

1986 controversy

Roebuck became a controversial figure in 1986 when, at the end of his first season as captain of Somerset, he was instrumental in the county's decision not to renew the contracts of its two overseas players, Viv Richards and Joel Garner, whose runs and wickets had brought the county much success in the previous eight years.

Roebuck and his supporters argued that both Richards and Garner were now ageing, that...
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