Geoffrey Miller, OBE (born 8 September 1952) is an English former cricketer, who played in thirty four Tests and twenty five ODIs for England from 1976 to 1984. He played for Derbyshire from 1973 to 1986, captaining the side from 1979 to 1981 (following the sudden resignation of David Steele after six weeks in the role), and returned in 1990 after playing for Essex between 1987 and 1989. He was an England selector from 2008 to 2013 and was appointed President of Derbyshire C.C.C. in March 2014.
|Full name||Geoffrey Miller|
|Born||8 September 1952|
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
|Test debut||12 August 1976 v West Indies|
|Last Test||28 June 1984 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
|1973–1986 and 1990||Derbyshire|
Source: , 18 July 2010
The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted, "Geoff Miller concedes that he probably enjoyed cricket too much. He did not take it as seriously as some, And when it became a rigorous, grim-faced business, he was not sorry to bow out of an eight-year Test career that never reached the peaks many expected". Likewise Simon Hughes referred to Miller in 1990 as being "the only remaining player who unfailingly visited the opposing team's dressing room after play to thank them for the game ... [and] the last man to field at slip with a whoopee cushion up his jumper"
Life and careerEdit
Born 8 September 1952, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England Miller was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School. From 1971 he was playing in Derbyshire Second XI and in young cricketer's teams. He made his first-class debut for Derbyshire in July 1973, in a match against Somerset, when he scored a duck in his only innings. He was the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year in 1976. Miller became Derbyshire captain in 1979, and in the 1981 season, was a part of the Derbyshire side which won the National Westminster Bank Trophy. He ended the 1982 Boxing Day Test in Australia by catching Jeff Thomson – England winning by a mere three runs. Miller went to Essex in 1987, but returned to Derbyshire for his last first-class season in 1990. In 1991, he played Minor counties cricket for Cheshire.
Miller was a correct right-handed batsman and a reliable right-arm off-break bowler, taking 888 wickets in 283 first-class matches (1973–1990) and 278 wickets in 334 List A matches (1973–1994). He took 60 wickets in thirty four Tests and 25 wickets in twenty five ODIs for England. Unusually for a spin bowler, none of his 60 wickets were by a stumping. Remarkably, Miller never scored a test century despite twice coming extremely close scoring 98 against both Pakistan away in 1977/8 (not out) and India at home in 1982.
Perhaps his most memorable match-winning effort was at Melbourne in the fourth test of the 1982/3 Ashes series. Australia needed only three runs to win but with their last wicket standing. Ian Botham bowled to Jeff Thompson who edged the ball to the slip cordon where Chris Tavaré dropped the catch only for Geoff Miller to retrieve the ball before it hit the ground, England thus winning by three runs.
Miller was elected as National Selector by the England and Wales Cricket Board in January 2008. He led a panel, which then contained Ashley Giles, Peter Moores and James Whitaker. He previously served on the panel of his predecessor David Graveney since 2000.
- Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 120. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
- Simon Hughes, A Lot of Hard Yakka, Headline Book Publishing (London, 1997) p. 246, ISBN 978-0-7472-5516-1
- Geoff Miller at Cricket Archive
- Walmsley, Keith (2003). Mosts Without in Test Cricket. Reading, England: Keith Walmsley Publishing Pty Ltd. p. 457. ISBN 0-947540-06-7..
- "New Year Honours: Geoff Miller appointed OBE" Retrieved 31 December 2013
- "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 13.