Martyn Douglas Moxon
- Date of birth: May 4, 1960, Stairfoot, Barnsley, Yorkshire
- Role: Director of Cricket
- Nickname: Frog
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Martyn Moxon is one of only 15 men to have scored more than 18,000 first-class runs for Yorkshire.
The former opening batsman and county captain also played 10 Tests and eight one-day international matches for England prior to his move into coaching.
Moxon scored nearly 30,000 runs in all forms of the game in his 18-year playing career, between 1980 and 1997, and he is now Yorkshire’s director of cricket, heading up the county’s backroom staff.
He played a significant part in the club’s County Championship title success in 2014, his first such crown as a player or a coach, before doing so again in 2015.
He has an exceptional track record for blooding youngsters.
Sandwiched in between his two coaching spells at Emerald Headingley, he spent six seasons as the first-team coach at Durham between 2001 and 2007.
Barnsley-born Moxon scored 45 first-class hundreds as a player – 41 of them for Yorkshire – but it should have been 46.
His highest Test score was 99 against New Zealand at Auckland in 1988, but he was robbed of three runs early in his innings when the umpire adjudged a sweep that he hit as leg-byes.
His haul of 41 Yorkshire centuries in first-class cricket is bettered only Geoffrey Boycott post the Second World War, earning him a place amongst Yorkshire’s great players.
One of the country’s most respected coaches, he instigated the club’s coaching restructure ahead of the 2012 summer, which saw Jason Gillespie and Paul Farbrace arrive at Headingley to head up the first and second XI coach respectively. It was an idea that has reaped significant rewards.
Moxon debuted for Yorkshire, aged 19, in a John Player League match against Gloucestershire at Hull in July 1980 before his Championship bow against Essex at Headingley the following June, scoring a second-innings century.
His 116 remains the second highest score by a Yorkshire debutant, with wicketkeeper Paul Gibb scoring 157 on debut in 1935.
Moxon scored 153 in a home Roses Championship match against Lancashire with Boycott as his opening partner in August 1983 and played two matches as Yorkshire won the 40-over John Player League title.
He topped 1,000 first-class runs in an English summer, in 1984, for the first time in his career.
The right-hander would go on to do it another 10 times before retirement, including a run of nine successive years from 1987.
He shared 351 for the first wicket with Boycott in a Championship match at Worcester in July 1985, then the county’s second highest partnership. He hit 168.
Moxon made the first of his eight ODI appearances for England against India at Nagpur in January, scoring 70 – his career high at that level.
He scored two centuries in the same match for Yorkshire against the touring Indian Test team at Scarborough in July 1986, failing to prevent defeat. Earned him his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s later that month, a match in which he scored 74 in his first innings at that level.
Hit 45 in the B&H Cup final against Northants at Lord’s in July 1987. He and Ashley Metcalfe, one of Yorkshire’s most successful opening partnerships ever, put on 97 in a trophy triumph.
In 1988, Moxon scored 40 in the Bicentenary Test between Australia and England at the SCG in January before posting 99 and 81 in a series against New Zealand in Auckland and Wellington respectively in February and March.
Unfortunately, his Test career finished against Australia at Nottingham in the following August with scores of nought and 18, contributing to a final analysis of 455 runs from 10 Tests at an average of 28.43, including three half-centuries.
Moxon took over from Phil Carrick as Yorkshire captain for 1990, his first of six seasons at the helm, and he scored a maiden double ton in a Championship match against Sussex at Eastbourne that August.
A season-haul of 1,669 runs was a career best, as was his List A score of 141 not out against Glamorgan in the B&H Cup at Cardiff in May 1991.
The following August saw him amass a career best 274 not out against Worcestershire at New Road.
Now partnering Michael Vaughan at the top of the Yorkshire order, he scored 155 in the second innings of a four-day match against the touring Pakistanis in August 1997. It was his last century in the penultimate match of his career before retirement and the transition into coaching in 1998.
He was on the Headingley coaching staff until 2001 before moving to Durham as the new first-team coach, spending six seasons in the North East and working closely with the likes of Steve Harmison, Paul Collingwood and now Yorkshire quick Liam Plunkett.
Moxon initially spent five seasons between 2007 and 2011 as the head of the first team before the aforementioned restructure came after Championship relegation.
Things have certainly picked up since, and Moxon should take a huge amount of the credit.
In 2017 and 2018, Yorkshire finished fourth in the Championship.
In 2018, Moxon chaired a meeting of all the county directors of cricket and coaches as they looked at ways to improve the county game, including the structure of the Championship.
He was also very vocal on the issue of player contracts, with a focus on those who are in line for overseas T20 deals and the impact it has on counties as a result.
After Yorkshire narrowly missed out on a third successive Championship title in 2016, Moxon spoke of a period of transition to follow, with a number of experienced players coming towards the end of their careers or time with the county.
After those fourth-placed finishes in Division One in 2017 and 2018, Yorkshire finished fifth in 2019, though were in with an outside chance of the title at the start of September.
Ahead of 2020, he admitted that transitional period is coming to an end and more silverware should be realistic.
He is also part of the management team for the Headingley based Hundred team, the Northern Superchargers.