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Mark Alan Butcher, born in Croydon Surrey is an English cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman, and to a lesser degree a right-arm medium-pace bowler.
Butcher has played all his county cricket for Surrey, for whom he made his first-class debut in 1992.
He made his Test match debut in the first Test of the 1997 Ashes series at Edgbaston. As of the end of the 2004 season, he had played 69 Tests, making eight centuries and averaging over 43. Butcher has captained England once, losing to New Zealand in 1999 when Nasser Hussain was injured.
Unusually for such an experienced Test player, Butcher has never appeared in a One Day International; no current player has played more Tests without a one day appearance.
Butcher enjoyed a good start to his career, hitting two half-centuries in five matches against an excellent Australian side. He then struggled (along with the rest of the England side) against the West Indies that winter. However, in the next series, he played magnificently, scoring two fifties and a century against an excellent South African side.
Butch is also going to be kept pretty busy when he finally finishes playing cricket. You'll often see him in the Sky studio commentating, and on top of that he regularly makes personal appearances and provides columns for newspapers. As one of the England team's more colourful and laidback personalities, Butch makes for extremely entertaining company: the quintessential 'good bloke'.
Equally comfortable holding a guitar in his hands as he is a cricket bat, Butch has also made a number of celebrity appearances with icons of the music industry. Bill Wyman, Steve Harley and John Altman have all joined the Mark Butcher Band on stage. His tribute song to Ben Hollioake, 'You're Never Gone' (released to the cricketing public in 2003), was an extremely moving and powerful song, raising plenty of money for the Ben Hollioake Fund.