Michael Atherton

The renowned journalist, Michael Atherton was born on 23rd March 1968 in England, according to his biography. His birth name is Michael Andrew Atherton. Atherton has been nicknamed as Athers. He is a former International cricketer, commentator and a broadcaster. Michael went to Manchester Grammar school. Atherton was born to Alan, a former Manchester goalkeeper. Michael got married to Aileen Atherton but got separated. He has been married to Isabelle De Caires. So long as his health is concerned, Atherton suffers from ankylosing spondylitis,


The accomplished former captain, Michael Atherton has been the opening batsman and occasional leg-break bowler for Lancashire, England. He attained the esteemed captaincy of England, when he was just 25 years old. After his retirement, Atherton works as a cricket commentator with a sports TV channel Sky Sports. He was a commentator with a public service TV broadcaster, Channel 4. Atherton has been working as a cricket correspondent with the British national newspaper The Times.

Atherton was a successful commentator with Talksport and BBC radio. He gathered all the fame with his grimly humorous views on cricket. Michael used to work as a successful journalist with a broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Telegraph. During his young years in the game, he took 170 wickets and scored 3500 runs with the cricket team of the Manchester Grammar school. Atherton was consistent in representing the Lancashire schools from the year 1982 to 1986. He made a record to score 0 and 47 against Australia, where he made his debut for England.

Atherton was the opening batsman for England against New Zealand, where he scored 151 runs, which are pretty impressive statistics. In 1993-94 game, he scored 510 runs averaging 56.67. Michael won the game by scoring 407 runs at an average of 40.7 against South Africa. He is the esteemed author of the book titled Opening Up: My Autobiography in the year 2002. In the year 2006, Atherton released another book titled Gambling: A Story of Triumph. His book credits include Glorious Summers and Dicontents, Opening Up, Atherton's Ashes and Gambling. Atherton has 154.5k followers on Twitter.


Michael Atherton was awarded the Jack Hobbs Memorial award for being as the Outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer in the year 1984. Atherton scored 6-27 against the Marylebone Cricket Club. He was honored with a Blue at the University of Cambridge for competing at the highest level in sports at the college level. Atherton was honored with the title of Young Cricketer of the year (1990). Michael was awarded the title of Sports Journalist of the year in 2010.

Last Modified: Mar 6, 2020

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