Timothy James Murtagh (born 2 August 1981) is an English-born Irish cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He represented England in the 2000 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

Tim Murtagh
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Personal information
Full nameTimothy James Murtagh
Born (1981-08-02) 2 August 1981 (age 40)
Lambeth, London, England
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RelationsAJ Murtagh (uncle)
CP Murtagh (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 5)11 May 2018 v Pakistan
Last Test24 July 2019 v England
ODI debut (cap 38)23 June 2012 v Australia
Last ODI7 July 2019 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.34
T20I debut (cap 25)21 July 2012 v Bangladesh
Last T20I13 March 2016 v Netherlands
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 3 58 14 248
Runs scored 109 188 26 4,285
Batting average 27.25 7.83 13.00 18.15
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/11
Top score 54* 23* 12* 74*
Balls bowled 570 3,020 324 43,852
Wickets 13 74 13 899
Bowling average 16.38 30.94 24.92 24.37
5 wickets in innings 1 1 0 38
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 4
Best bowling 5/13 5/21 3/23 7/82
Catches/stumpings 0/– 16/– 3/– 68/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 September 2021

Murtagh played for the Surrey county team from 2000 to 2006, then moved to Middlesex, where he has played since. He first played for Ireland in 2012. In May 2018, he was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland's first Test match, against Pakistan. In November 2018, he was named the Men's International Player of the Year at the annual Cricket Ireland Awards.[1] The following month, he was one of nineteen players to be awarded a central contract by Cricket Ireland for the 2019 season.[2][3] In November 2019, Murtagh announced his retirement from international cricket, remaining with Middlesex CCC for two years instead.[4]

Under-19s careerEdit

He was part of the England Under-19 cricket team side for 2000 Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka.[5] Murtagh took 16 wickets at an average of 16.31 with the best bowling of 4/29 in three Youth Tests and 12 wickets at an average of 19.33 with the best bowling of 4/26 in 7 List A Internationals for the England Under-19 XI.[6]

Domestic careerEdit

He played for Surrey as a backup bowler. After injuries to many of the Surrey bowlers in 2005, he has found himself having to lead the attack on several occasions. Murtagh took figures of 6/24 against Middlesex in the 2005 Twenty20 Cup which at the time that was his best bowling figures in the short form games.[citation needed]

Murtagh played in just two of Surrey's County Championship matches in the 2006 season and as a result, he searched for opportunities with other clubs.[7] Across seven seasons at Surrey, Murtagh played 34 first-class matches scoring 874 runs at an average of 32.37 and taking 68 wickets at an average of 37.72.[8][9] He also played 65 List-A matches in which he took 79 wickets at an average of 32.63.[10][11]

He signed a two-year contract with Middlesex in December 2006 and since moving to Middlesex, Murtagh's bowling average has significantly dropped. As of September 2020, he has taken 725 first-class wickets at an average of 23.74 in 186 games for Middlesex, almost 14 runs per wicket better than his figures at Surrey.[9] Similarly his bowling average in List A matches for Middlesex is six runs less than it was for Surrey.[11]

Consistent in all forms of cricket and with a liking for the big occasion,[further explanation needed] he took 104 wickets in all three formats in 2008. Surprisingly, he was overlooked for the England development squad, but had his chance to shine in Middlesex's trip to Antigua for the Stanford 20/20 for 20. Together with Steven Finn he led Middlesex's attack in 2011 helping them win promotion with 80 wickets at 20.98.[citation needed]

In 2019, he stopped playing international cricket,[12] when he was "forced to make a decision between turning out for Middlesex or Ireland, as Ireland cricketers were no longer allowed play in county cricket as non-overseas players due to their recently gained status as a Full Member of the ICC." When a grace-period for Irish players expired in 2019, he retired from international cricket to continue playing for Middlesex.[13] In November 2019, he announced a two-year contract extension with Middlesex,[14] signing on to play all formats for 2020.[15] He was not playing on the county circuit in 2020, as cricket had been suspended due to COVID-19.[16]

In April 2022, in the opening round of matches in the 2022 County Championship, Murtagh took his 900th wicket in first-class cricket.[17]

International careerEdit

A conversation with Sussex and Ireland batsman Ed Joyce in 2011 led Murtagh to seriously consider qualifying for Ireland as his grandfather was born in Dublin. He applied for Irish citizenship in October that year, which was granted in January 2012.[18]

Ireland's first engagement after Murtagh qualified was the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in the UAE in March. Murtagh was named as a reserve in case any of the 14 players in the squad were injured.[18] He made his debut against Australia in an abandoned One Day International (ODI) match at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, in June 2012. He was also part of the Irish squad to play against Afghanistan where he played his second ODI in Dublin in July 2012.[19] He made his t20I debut against Bangladesh. He scored 3 runs but did not pick up a wicket in three overs.[20]

Murtagh was selected in the Cricket Ireland squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup but broke a foot on 7 January, and had to withdraw on medical advice. He was replaced in the squad by Max Sorensen.[21]

In May 2015, Tim Murtagh and fellow cricketer Ed Joyce announced their retirement from T20 cricket.[22] In July 2019, in the second ODI against Zimbabwe, Murtagh took his first five-wicket haul in ODIs.[23]

Test cricketEdit

He was named in a fourteen-man squad for Ireland's first ever Test match, which was played against Pakistan in May 2018,[24][25] with Murtagh going on to make his Test debut in the match.[26][27] Ireland won the toss and elected to field, with Murtagh bowling the first delivery for Ireland in Test cricket.[28]

In January 2019, he was named in Ireland's squad for their one-off Test against Afghanistan in India.[29][30] During the match, he became the first number 11 batsman to record scores of more than 25 in each innings of a Test match,[31] with scores of 54 not out and 27.[32]

Murtagh played in Ireland's one-off Test match against England at Lord's in July 2019.[33] On the opening morning of the match, he took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket,[34] the first such haul by a bowler for Ireland.[35]

About leaving international cricket, he said, he still hoped to "help out and be involved in some capacity in the future" with the Irish team.[36]

Personal lifeEdit

Murtagh attended the John Fisher School in Purley, London.[37][38]

His uncle Andy and younger brother Chris also played first-class cricket representing Hampshire and Surrey respectively.[citation needed]

He applied for Irish citizenship in October 2011, which was granted in January 2012.[39]


See alsoEdit


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  20. ^ "Statguru - All round records: T20 Internationals: Tim Murtagh". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
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