That remarkable form continued, and at county level he was head and shoulders above his peers.All the lessons for this course are posted as videos and this completes the content for the course.A star for Middlesex at 17, he captained England Under-19.But his international career became a monument to England selection policies of the period, with five distinct phases: adhesive beginner (1991), nervous wreck capable of shining only as a stand-in (1992-97), solid achiever lacking only a top gear (1997-99), blatant scapegoat (1999-2000) and seasoned spare part (2001-02).
When England gave up on him, he became even more prolific for Surrey: in 2006, his 20th county season, he was Bradmanesque, scoring 2,278 runs and averaging over 100.
He is the last of the cricketers to have spanned the generations, what might be termed the capped age and the helmeted age.
And he is the last, too, to have made 100 first-class centuries.
After the affair became public the cricketer said: "I am distraught at the grief I have caused my wife and family, who I love very much."The star – called Snake Hips after winning TV’s Strictly Come Dancing – was granted a decree nisi in just 58 seconds in London, back in 2010.
The couple, who once shared a £1million home in Northwood, north-west London, had agreed an "amicable parting".