Neil Harvey Fairbrother was born in Warrington in 1963. He is a former English cricket player who was named by his mother after her much preferred cricketer, Neil Harvey, the popular Australian cricketer.
Neil Fairbrother was educated from the Lymm High School. He played cricket for the Lancashire, Transvaal and for England. He made his international debut in 1987 in the ODI against India. This left hand batsman along with left arm medium bowler established himself as a regular in middle order of the one day side for many years. He was bowled for a duck on his debut in test series where he made ten test appearances for England, with one half century from 15 innings.
In 1990, he scored 366 runs for Lancashire playing against Surrey at the Oval. In a single day itself, he had scored 311 runs with at least 100 runs in each of the three sessions that particular day. In 1998, he became the first man to play in the tenth finals at Lords. By 2002, he retired and became the Director of Cricket at the International Sports Management. This is a sports agency which represents many of the leading English Test Cricketers.
Fairbrother played around 10 test matches, scoring 219 runs with an average of 15.64. He made only one half century with top score of 83. He bowled over 12 balls and made four catches. With right to ODIs, he played in 75 matches, scoring 2092 runs. His batting average was 39.47, and made one century and 16 half centuries. His top score was 113 and he bowled 6 balls. He caught around 33 catches.