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Derek Randall: Amassed 2,470 runs in Tests, but sigh, if only numbers could tell a Randall from a workhorse! © Getty Images

 

Derek Randall, born February 24, 1951 was an attractive batsman when he got going and one of the best ever fieldsmen produced by England. He once doffed his cap at Dennis Lillee after just about avoiding a bouncer.

 

One of his greatest knocks came in Australia in the Centenary Test at Melbourne in 1979 when he played with a dash of bravery and freedom against Dennis Lille and company to essay a knock of 174.

 

He could play hook shots against the fastest of bowlers at will. As a fielder, he was even rated as highly as Colin Bland of South Africa. His batting average though, doesn’t do justice to his skill. A colourful character indeed!