Rob Key
Flag of England.svg England
Personal information
Full name Robert William Trevor Key
Nickname Keysy
Born May 12 1979 (1979-05-12) (age 42)
East Dulwich, London, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Role Batsman, captain
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off spin
International information
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
Years Team
1998–present Kent (squad no. 4)
Other information
Education Langley Park Boy's School
Marital status Married
(to Fleur since 2006)
Children Aaliyah
Favourite teams Chelsea FC, Chicago Bulls
As of:
17 August, 2007

Robert William Trevor Key (born East Dulwich, London on 12 May, 1979) is an English cricketer who plays for England and Kent County Cricket Club.

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.

In 2005, he was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year by Wisden Cricketer's Almanack and was appointed as Kent Captain for the 2006 season.

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
2 Dixey3 Stevens4 Key (c) • 5 Northeast6 Denly7 Cook8 Joseph9 Jones10 Amjad Khan
15 Tredwell18 Blake20 Walker21 Dexter23 McLaren41 van Jaarsveld77 PatelCoach: Ford
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