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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Richard Johnson
PTI
June 27, 2003
First Published: 15:41 IST(27/6/2003)
Last Updated: 15:56 IST(27/6/2003)
 Date of Birth: 29 December 1974, Chertsey, Surrey
 Test Debut: Against Zimbabwe at Chester-le-Street in 2003
 ODI Debut: Against Zimbabwe at Nottingham in 2003
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Medium
 

The Somerset swing bowler has often been on the fringes of the England side and was first called into the squad for the tour of South Africa in 1995. He began his career at Middlesex and took 10 wickets for 45 in an innings against Derbyshire in 1994, becoming the second youngest bowler to do so at the time. Took six for 33 and was man of the match on Test debut against Zimbabwe.

Johnson in the squad for the final three Tests against Australia in 2001, then drafting him in for the tour to India after Andy Caddick dropped out at the last minute. Opportunities were limited though, and when Caddick returned after Christmas to face New Zealand, it was Johnson who made way for him.

His once-promising batting is now of the swing-or-miss variety, although he has the ability to turn a one-day game with some choice blows over the infield just one of the reasons he was called into England's one-day squad after the 2003 World Cup.

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