|Full name||Robert William Trevor Key|
|Born||May 12 1979|
|East Dulwich, London, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off spin|
|Test debut (cap 612)||8 August 2002: v India|
|Last Test||21 January 2005: v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 178)||26 June 2003: v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||6 July 2004: v West Indies|
|ODI shirt no.||35|
|Domestic team information|
|1998–present||Kent (squad no. 4)|
|Education||Langley Park Boy's School|
|Marital status||Married |
(to Fleur since 2006)
|Favourite teams||Chelsea FC, Chicago Bulls|
Key played in the England side that won the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in 1998, but Key only played his first Test in 2002 against India after Marcus Trescothick broke a thumb and Graham Thorpe withdrew from Test cricket as a result of personal problems. Key toured in Australia in 2002/3 and played at home against Zimbabwe in 2003, but he did not play Test cricket for England again until July 2004, after Key scored 1,000 first-class runs by 2 June and Mark Butcher sustained a whiplash injury.
On 22 July, 2004, playing against the West Indies at Lord's in his ninth Test, Key scored his maiden Test century, which became his maiden Test and first-class double century the following day. He was eventually out for 221.
Key is regularly the subject of predictable newspaper puns, rotating around the common themes of "Rob holds the key to..." or "Key unlocks door to..."
In 2007 Key was at the centre of contreversy for ball tampering in a pre season match against Nottinghamshire. Key admitted using sandpaper to try and get the ball to reverse swing but said it was only to help his young bowlers get practice.
Key also captained Kent to Twenty20 success in the 2007 season.
Kent County Cricket Club - current squad