Andrew Crook was born on the 14th of October 1980, and grew up in Adelaide, South Australia.
He first played cricket for Elizabeth District Cricket Club, before they merged with Salisbury DCC to become Northern Districts CC.
Andrew played in state junior squads from U13 through to U19 where he had 3 national carnivals at U/19 level. In his first year (age 16), he was picked in the All Australian side as the spinner and in his last year was an emergency for the U19 World Cup side. He played in these squads generally as the spinner and batted at 7 or 8.
He went on to play county cricket for both Lancashire and Northants. His professional career stats can be found via cricinfo
We interviewed Andrew in 2004: –
I spent 3 years training at the Australian Cricket Academy under Rod Marsh and Wayne Phillips, 1 year part time and 2 years full time whilst still at school.
I was picked in the inaugural state contracted squad as an off spinner in 1998 at age 17 and debut for South Australia in a first class game vs England in November that year after good performances at grade level and state practice games. I was also 12th man vs Victoria at the MCG that season.
In March 1999, one week before I was due to go on a young Australian style tour of Zimbabwe with the likes of Brett Lee, Brad Hodge etc., I was involved in a car serious car accident with another tour member, Graeme Manou. He was injured, but made the tour, I could not make it due to several injuries including a broken hand and what turned out to be a broken spinning finger.
Instead I spent that winter at the Cricket Academy bowling with a broken finger and I struggled to produce any meaningful results the following season with the ball.
I was dropped from the state squad in March 2000 but continued to play 2nd XI cricket on and off through the next 2 seasons.
At East Torrens DCC where I went after leaving Northern Districts for a fresh start, I began to open the batting and became fairly successful. It was a change from batting at 6 and 7 where I had become accustomed to. In my first season I made 450 runs in the 11 games played and then scoring 550 runs in the 12 games played.
I still bowled, but due to losing the ability to spin the ball a long way after my accident, I bowled more as a part timer than anything else.
My best A grade figures are 7/50 vs Adelaide DCC and my best batting performance to date is 100* vs Woodville.
I have a British Passport, due to my parents being born in England, and have played for Leicestershire 2nd XI where I have had reasonable results averaging 50 with the bat and bowling well without taking a big bag of wickets.
I have improved my drinking ability since going to Great Harwood, and thanks to HOWEY and RUSS, have dramatically improved my snooker to the point where I beat them both on a regular basis. Also, hope to win the league this year for Harwood cause if we finish second again I think that I may be hung by R Whalley from the clock tower.