David Lloyd is a former English cricketer who played county cricket for Lancashire and Test / One Day International cricket for England. He also played semi-professional football for Accrington Stanley. He is known through the cricketing world as “Bumble” because of the ostensible similarity between his facial profile and those of the Bumblies, characters of Michael Bentine’s children’s television programmes
David has achieved nearly everything in cricket. He played for Lancashire between 1965 -1983 and captained the county between 1973 – 1977. He played 17 times for England (9 Tests & 8 ODI). This included the infamous Ashes tour to Australia in 1974-75 facing the hostile pairing of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson at their peak. David had an extensive playing career, with 407 first-class matches and 288 one day games. He scored nearly 27,000 runs and took 276 wickets in his career for Lancashire and England, and took 423 catches. His batting average of 33.33 in all first-class cricket, and bowling average of 30.26, illustrate his capability as a successful all-rounder.
After he finished playing cricket (1983) he qualified as an umpire, adjudicating in first-class and List-A matches from 1985 to 1987. David went on to become Lancashire coach from 1993 – 1996 with so much success, particularly in the one day game, that England appointed him their coach from 1996 -1999. The side showed significant improvement under Lloyd and he gained the respect of the players with new and sometimes bizarre training methods.
On his retirement (1999) as England’s coach he became a Sky Sports cricket commentator. He is a regular on coverage of England’s Test and one-day international cricket, but it is as the voice of Twenty20 cricket, since its launch in 2003, that he has become particularly known, with his excitable style and catchphrases such as “Start the Car!”, the title of his second autobiography, although he has admitted he sees the game as “a form of entertainment using cricket equipment” rather than real cricket. His sense of humour and over the top personality has endured him to many viewers.
He is a true character of the game and has been a very popular sporting after dinner speaker for many years. His true and extremely funny personal cricketing stories and anecdotes are garnered from a life spent as a professional cricketer and a glittering career in the game including a top score of 214 not out for England against India in 1974. He is still known affectionately as “Bumble”, David continues to enrich and enliven the national cricket scene and the after dinner circuit.
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