Born in Somerset, England, Victor James Marks is a former English cricketer who represented England at Test matches and One-Day Internationals. He also played domestic cricket with Somerset before joining the national squad. He was a right handed batsman and a right armed, off break bowler.
A mark attended the Oxford University and was also part of the University’s cricket team. He has played along with the legendary Imran Khan while with the University team. He also captained his team in 1976 and 1977. Although being an all-rounder, Marks could neither master his bowling nor his batting. He was rated an average player. But he was a handy utility for the team on account of being an all-rounder and made it regularly to the team for 39 one-days.
Playing in 6 test matches for England, Marks scored 249 runs from them at the rate of 27.66 including 3 half-centuries. His one-day average is 13.57 with a top score of only 44. His bowling averages for both are 44.0 for tests and 25.79 for one-days. Marks has also played 342 first-class matches scoring 12,419 runs off them with an average of 30.29. Marks played 304 List A matches during his career with an average of 22.56. His bowling figures remained at 33.28 for the former and 27.85 for the later.
Through-out his career, Marks played for Somerset from 1975 till 1989. He also joined MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) from 1981 and stayed with them till 1989. Later on, he joined Western Australia for the 1986-87 season.
Post-retirement, Marks began his second innings at broadcasting and journalism. He is currently an editor for The Observer newspaper as well as a commentator for the Test Match Special. He is also the Chairman of Cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club.