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With a proud cricketing heritage in his family, it is hardly surprising that Michael Richardson has chosen to pursue a career in sport. A wicketkeeper-batsman like his father Dave - who is South Africa's former gloveman and the current ICC general manager - Richardson took the initial step from university to professional cricketer when he became an MCC Young Cricketer in 2008, having played for Nottingham University and in the Nottinghamshire Premier League since 2006.
The move to Lord's was a successful one, and in his second season he was named captain of the Young Cricketers. Towards the end of the season he signed a professional contract with Durham and was one of their leading batsmen in the 2010 Second Eleven Championship, scoring 562 runs at 70.25. First XI appearances followed in 2011, and he made the most of Phil Mustard's absence to kick off the season with a pair of half-centuries that helped set up a 146-run win over Yorkshire in April.
Born in Port Elizabeth, Richardson has maintained his ties with South Africa and spends his winters playing club cricket in the Western Cape.