Michael Henry Denness, popularly known as Mike Denness, the former England captain died on 19 April 2013 in London because of cancer. He was 72 years of age.
About Mike Denness
• Mike Denness was born on 1 December 1940 in Scotland.
• Mike Denness was an only Scotsman who was the captain of England cricket team. He led the England team in 19 tests out of 28 between 1969 and 1975.
• He played 12 one-day internationals (ODIs) and later became the ICC match referee.
• As the ICC match referee, he sanctioned six Indian players during 2001-2002 in Port Elizabeth. This caused Indian and South African boards putting Mike Denness on ban from officiating next match. ICC withdrew the Test status from the game.
• Mike Denness played county cricket for Essex and Kent. He scored over 25000 runs in the first-class career.
• He was the captain of Kent to six domestic trophies between 1972 and 1976.
• He was among first few inductees into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.
• He was also named as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1975.
Career facts of Mike Denness
• Tests: 28
• Test innings: 45
• Test runs: 1667 (average 39.69)
• Test hundreds: 4
• Test fifties: 7
• One-day internationals: 12
• ODI runs: 264 (average 29.33)
• First-class matches: 501
• First-class runs: 25886 (average 33.48)