“Legends are not born, legends are made.” This famous quote by Alexander D. Jones from his book Nightsong holds true to the former England cricketer Neil Fairbrother. Being named after one of the Australian finest cricketer Neil Harvey by his mother, Neil Harvey Fairbrother went on to become a very notable international cricketer for England. He was born on September 9th, 1963, and soon enough Neil Harvey Fairbrother chose a career path of being a professional cricketer. He started his First-Class career with Lancashire at the age of 17. From the get-go, he had a very illustrious domestic cricket career playing first-class cricket for Lancashire and the Transvaal cricket teams.At the age of 27, he scored 366 runs (three centuries) in his First-Class match against Surrey. This was regarded as an exceptional accomplishment for his first-class cricket career because he scored a whopping 311 runs in just a single day. He scored an approximate of 100 runs in a matter of three sessions the same day. Niel then went on to be named the captain of the Lancashire team from the 1992-1993 season. In the cricket world, being a left-handed batsman is regarded as a unique trait and Neil Harvey Fairbrother is known for his astounding left-hand batsmanship. He entered his national side to represent England at the age of 24 in 1987 and played an important part in leading his team in the 1992 cricket world cup finals in Melbourne, Australia with 62 runs from 70 balls only to fall short by 22 runs to the Pakistanis. It became England’s third World Cup finals. However, they never manage to go past the world cup semi-finals ever since then.
His highest batting averages came from his list A cricket matches of limited overs where he holds a batting average of 39.47 in One-day internationals (ODI’s) also known to be his specialty — scoring a total of 2,092 in 75 matches. Being a middle-order batsman, he is also known as a good finisher for his team in closing matches, adding on to that he became the first person ever to play a total of 10 one-day domestic cricket cup finals at Lord’s Cricket ground in St. John woods, London. He wrapped up his professional cricket career scoring 20,612 runs in 366 matches with a batting average of 41.22 and securing 47 centuries and 104 half-centuries in total. On retiring from First-Class cricket at the age 39 in 2002, his love for the sport has propelled him to enter into management where he became the International Sports Management director. His management career is based in Cheshire England which usually represents prominent golfers. He later set up the Phoenix Management company to support his expertise in cricketing. Although his name might not ring a bell to a lot of people, he remains a very prominent figure and a legend cricketer to his humble town of Warrington, Lancashire. Neil Harvey Fairbrother will always be known as ‘the man who almost did it for England.’