Derek Underwood What Happened To Derek Underwood?

Cricketing world mourns the passing of Derek Underwood, one of England’s greatest spin bowlers who was known by fans and peers alike by his nickname of Deadly. Underwood left behind an indelible mark upon English Test cricket history; one that will live long beyond him. His legacy will endure.

A Pioneer Spin Bowler

Derek Underwood enjoyed an outstanding cricketing career from 1963-1987 for both Kent County Cricket Club and England. Renowned for his left-arm spin bowling style he excelled on uncovered pitches which comprised much of cricket during this era.

A Test Match Hero

One of Underwood’s greatest feats came during his performance for England against Australia at The Oval in 1968 when his 7-50 bowled from his debut spell turned the match in their favor and showed his ability to thrive under difficult conditions.

A Record-Setting Career

Underwood made his mark as an England spinner during a 24-year first-class career that spanned 86 Test matches – setting an astounding 297 wickets on that stage alone! Kent and England celebrated his partnership with wicketkeeper Alan Knott as an unstoppable force on the pitch. Together they formed an unforgettable duo.

Legacy of Excellence

Underwood remains unchallenged as England’s premier spinner despite missing opportunities due to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket and an unlikely rebel tour to South Africa. His tailor-made bowling style made for formidable opposition for batsmen everywhere he faced off.

Tributes Pour In

Following news of Underwood’s passing, tributes from cricketing community quickly followed. Former England captain Mike Atherton described Underwood as England’s top spinner; former fellow cricketer Derek Pringle highlighted Underwood’s talent and unassuming nature during their field encounters.

A Life Beyond Cricket

Underwood continued his contributions to cricket after retiring as an active player by serving as president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), as well as being honored with induction into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame. His impactful legacy will endure long into the future.


Derek Underwood’s passing marks an end of an era for English cricket. His skill, sportsmanship and dedication to his craft left an indelible imprint on cricket history that will live long into the future as generations of cricketers mourn his departure while simultaneously honoring one of England’s great spin bowlers; rest in peace Derek.


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