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Michael Atherton’s full name is Michael Andrew Atherton. The nickname is Athens, Cockroach, Dready, Iron Mike, FEC, and Long Handle.

He was stubborn and single-minded. He was the unconventional cricketer and him did not marry early, and he didn't have the children.He was born on 23 March 1968 Failsworth, Lancashire, England.He did his education in the Downing College, Cambridge.In the 1960s,his father Alan was a former Manchester United goalkeeper.

Michael is not only a right-handed batsman he is also a right-arm leg break bowler. His wife’s name is Isabelle de Caires. Atherton did not have the good start with an international career. In 1989 he started with a duck on debut against Australia.Again he got his chance in 1990 and made 151 runs against New Zealand. He earned the title Young Cricketer of the Year for the centuries against the India and New Zealand. He was captain of the Manchester Grammar School cricket team.As the Outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer in 1983, he won the Jack Hobbs Memorial Award. He made his Test debut on10 August 1989 against Australia and his last debut was on 27 August 2001 against Australia.And at the age of 25, he was the captain of England.

He was considered as leading England batsman during the 1990s.He took 115 test matches with 7728 runs.He has taken 54 ODI's with 1791 runs. He did 16 centuries in test matches and two centuries in ODI'S. And in the test match, his top score is 185. His not outs were 7.His opening batting was 197.His catches were 83.And his strike rate is 204.His best innings 1/20 and best match 1/20.And his ducks were 20.

Under his captaincy, he played 541 matches and won 13 matches and lost 21 matches and he won 23 tosses. Between 2002 and 2005 he did commentary for Test cricket in England.At the same period, he worked for BBC Radio and talk sports on test match.In 2002 he published his autobiography named as Opening Up. He had also written Gambling book published in 2006 which was A Story of Triumph and Disaster. At the British Press Awards, he won Sports Journalist of the Year in March 2010.He also did commentary job in 2011 cricket world cup. Atherton suffers from the degenerative condition called ankylosing spondylitis. He was the wanted man of England for seven years until his retirement.In free time he prefers to play chess.

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