Pioneer of the batting helmet - a customised motorcycle helmet introduced during the latter days of World Series Cricket - few men have served the modern game longer than Warwickshire and England opener Dennis Amiss. Making his debut as a teenager 1960 against a Surrey team containing Alec Bedser and Tony Lock, Dennis went on to score over 43,000 runs in a 27-year first-class career. Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1975, the highlights of his 50 Tests for England were undoubtedly two great innings against West Indies: 262* to save the 1973-74 Kingston Test, and 203 at The Oval in 1976 against the might of Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Wayne Daniel and Van Holder. Strongly built, tireless and four-square at the crease, his 11 Test hundreds include eight over 150, a higher proportion than that of Don Bradman. As England's first ODI centurion, Dennis also excelled in the early days of limited-overs internationals, scoring 859 runs at an average of 47.72, second only to Jonathan Trott. Later Chief Executive of Warwickshire and, until 2013, Deputy Chairman of the ECB, Dennis is currently President of the Council of Cricket Societies.
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