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Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell

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One of the greatest bowlers to ever pull on an England shirt, Phil Tufnell took over 1,000 wickets in a hugely successful career, including 121 in Test cricket for England. Representing his country in 42 Test matches and 20 ODIs, ‘Tuffers’ as he is affectionately known within the game became well-known for his cheeky chappie persona and hilarious personality that saw him earn a reputation for being a prankster among his teammates. A career that lasted more than 15 years has armed Phil with a whole host of fascinating anecdotes that he can share in his trademark unique style as one of the country’s most popular cricket speakers.

Phil’s cricket talent was first noticed at school, and upon leaving education he had a choice to make. Train as a quantity surveyor or make a go of it as a professional cricketer. He chose his love for the sport and this proved to be the best decision. Joining Middlesex in 1986, his ability as a slow left-arm orthodox bowler became integral to the team’s success and in 1990 he made his England debut in the Boxing Day Test against Australia in the Ashes. He quickly became one of his country’s most integral players, and when booked as a cricket speaker can discuss his career at length.

Since retiring in 2002, Phil has worked as a cricket pundit for the BBC on numerous radio shows including the iconic Test Match Special. Offering his expert insight on the latest matches and stories within the sport, when booked as a cricket speaker he can also provide insight on any talking points from the modern game.

Phil’s great sense of humour, down-to-earth nature and endless charisma saw him become a hugely popular television personality – most notably as a team captain on A Question of Sport. Joining the show as a permanent member in 2008, Phil spent over a decade on the famous sport’s quiz show, making up a third of the much-loved trio that included ex-rugby star Matt Dawson and host Sue Barker. In 2021, it was announced that all three would leave the show as it was revamped by the BBC much to the disappointment of viewers everywhere. He’s also appeared on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! where he was crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ by the public. He’s also made appearances on The Jump, Strictly Come Dancing, Would I Lie to You?, Celebrity Deal or No Deal and more.

One of the best-loved cricket after-dinner speakers in the industry, Phil Tufnell is sure to enhance every event he attends entertaining audiences with his exceptional stories long into the night. Get in touch with Evolve today to find out more.

Topics and Themes

  • Broadcasting
  • Cricket
  • Media

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