Stephen James Harmison is an English cricketer who presently plays county cricket for the Durham team. This fast bowler represented the team of England in 58 ODI’s, 2 T20’s and 63 Tests.
In 2002, Stephen got a chance to make his debut in test and ODI matches for the England team, achieving success in early stages of his career. He produces his finest bowling, becoming the highest wicket-taker in the series. Moreover, he played a significant role in the victory of England team in the 2005 Ashes series. What’s more, he got selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in 2005 and was also known as one of the best fast bowlers in the world.
It was in 2006 when Stephen announced his retirement from ODI’s as his performance was inconsistent post the 2005 Ashes victory. The reason this was also his fitness worries and intense competition for a place in the team. Though he was retired in 2008 from ODI, his place was never permanent in the squad, due to which, he was not selected since 2009. In 2009 Ashes series, he played his last test for England and also played his last ODI against the West Indies team. With his announcement of retirement, it was generally believed that he won’t be making any comeback to the national team again.
With a height of 6’4, Stephen is known for his ability to extract bounce from any pitch and to swing the ball, whilst maintain speed of more than 90 mph. but, his lack of consistency led to lethal spells getting mixed up with bad bowling. Nevertheless, his ability with the ball was never questioned and in 2007, he was named in the list of former Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, as one of the 50 greatest cricketers.
Stephen is a family person and till date, remains a huge fan of football. He is a lifelong supporter of Newcastle United F.C.