There's only one Rikki Clarke

Rikki is just about the model all-rounder - he can bat, bowl and has the safest pair of hands in professional cricket. Genuinely, there is no one else you'd ever want under either a huge skyer or on the receiving end of a hand-stinging slip chance!

Clarke is truly a top-class all-rounder in the sense that he can't just bat and bowl but he can win games with either bat or ball.

Tall and well-balanced, he is incredibly powerful with the bat. With the ball he has made one of the Bears opening-bowling slots his own, frequently denying the opposition early momentum to set the tone for many a tight Birmingham bowling display and victory.

Rikki was pivotal to the Bears' 2014 NatWestT20Blast winning team and played some crucial innings throughout the tournament, notably under the highest pressure in a tough quarter-final against Essex at a packed and noisy Chelmsford. This guy loves a challenge - and is worth his weight in gold!


Rikki Clarke Fact File

Role: Seam-bowling all-rounder

Birmingham Bears squad number: 81


Sports team beyond cricket: Spurs

Holiday destination: Dubai

Cricket hero: Darren Gough

Quote: "Once a Bear, always a Bear"