Favourite band: Stereophonics / Manic Street Preachers
Favourite food: Pizza
Proudest moment: Coming back from injury in 2007
Favourite film: Dumb and Dumber
Most likely to: be making a fool of myself
Look alike: Heath Ledger
Education: Crickhowell Secondary School, Pontypool School
|Born||3 February 1977||Years of Service||2012-|
|Best bat||First Class - 299||Bowl||Right-arm off break|
|Best bowl||First Class - 2-39|
After ending a 15-year association with his home county, Glamorgan, the prolific run-maker upped roots and signed a two-year contract with Kent at the end of the 2011 season and enjoyed a productive first season.
Adding much-needed stability to Kent’s middle-order, the right-hander scored 695 runs at an average of over forty; striking two centuries, with his first for his new county coming against Northamptonshire in April.
The attractive stroke-maker also passed 13,000 career First Class runs during 2012, making him one of the more prolific run-scorers on the county circuit. His golden period came in 2006 when he scored 1,327 runs in a season to become Glamorgan’s Player of the Year. His good form, which included back-to-back double centuries against Essex and Gloucestershire, put him into contention for international recognition.
However, in 2007, Mike suffered a career-threatening injury when a blood clot in his shoulder forced him to have a rib removed. The injury halted his progress but now, having enjoyed a good first season, he will look to continue his good form at the St Lawrence Ground.
J Reid, revised January 2013