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Phil Tufnell

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Philip Clive Roderick Tufnell (born April 29, 1966 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is an English cricketer and television personality.

As a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler he played 42 Tests and 20 One-day Internationals for England between 1990 and 2001, and 316 first-class matches, mainly for Middlesex.

Tufnell was occasionally inspired with the ball, taking 11-93 against Australia at the Oval in 1997, but he took his 121 Test wickets with a bowling average of 37.68 across his whole Test career. It is said that Tufnell opened both the bowling and batting for his club side, however, it is assumed that he developed his bowling far more, since his batting at international level was truly atrocious. His fielding was also renowned for being ordinary. Tufnell was accused of smoking cannabis while on tour with England, and has had a stormy personal life, being twice divorced, and once fined for assaulting a girlfriend. He was nicknamed "The Cat" due to his propensity to be found sleeping in the dressing room.

Tufnell retired from professional cricket before the 2003 season in order to participate in the "reality television" show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and is now a team captain on the sports quiz show They Think It's All Over.

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