Phil Tufnell


As a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler Phil Tufnell played 42 Tests and 20 One-Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 2001, and 316 first-class matches, mainly for Middlesex. Phil was nicknamed "The Cat" by his teammates due to his propensity to be found sleeping in the dressing room.


A Decade of Cricket

During his illustrious career spanning over a decade with Middlesex, Tufnell took more than 1,000 first class wickets in the English game, a feat only achieved in the modern era by Phillip DeFreitas and Martin Bicknell.

His autobiography "What now?" was published in 1999.


I'm A Celebrity...

Phil Tufnell retired from professional cricket before the 2003 season in order to participate in the "reality television" show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and was a team captain on the sports quiz show They Think It's All Over until 2005. In 2004, he made two guest appearances in UK Soap opera Family Affairs. He also co-presented the game show Simply the Best that year. Phil also co-authored a humorous book called 'Phil Tufnell's' A To Z of Cricket' with cricket journalist Adam Hathaway.

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