Former England, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire pacer Mike Hendrick has passed away, on Tuesday (July 27), at the age of 72.
“Derbyshire County Cricket Club is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Mike Hendrick, one of the county’s finest post-war cricketers,” Cricket Derbyshire said in a statement. Hendrick had been suffering from bowel and liver cancer for a while.
Hendrick, who made his Test debut against India in June 1974, played 30 Tests until 1981, picking up 87 wickets at an average of 25.83. He was part of three Ashes series victories while he also featured in 22 ODIs, including the 1979 World Cup final against West Indies. He was the leading wicket-taker in the 1979 event, finishing with 10 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 14.90 with a best of 4 for 15.
In a first-class career of 267 matches, Hendrick picked up 770 wickets at an average of 20.50, including 30 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls – with an innings best of 8-45. In 226 List-A appearances, he picked up 297 wickets with a best of 6-7.
Hendrick, who was also part of the ‘rebel’ tour to South Africa in 1982, received a three-year ban which effectively ended his England career.
Hendrick played for Nottinghamshire towards the end of his career before retiring in 1984. He later took up coaching and was instrumental in improving the standards of Ireland cricket having become their coach in 1995. He later served as Derbyshire’s bowling coach.