Picture of Will Jefferson

Will Jefferson

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Roles played:
October 25, 1979, Derby


Standing at 6 feet and 10 inches, he is probably the world's tallest cricketer alive. William Jefferson comes from a family of cricketers; his grandfather, Julian played for the Army and Combined Services, whereas his father, Richard was a Surrey player.

Jefferson started playing for Essex in 2002 after he debuted in first-class cricket for Durham in 2000, and gave some wonderful performances before he moved to Trent Bridge in 2006. In his first season itself, he had scored over 800 runs for Essex at an average of 40 that included an unbeaten century against the Notts. However, unfortunate injuries coupled with loss of form later compelled him to move north. An opening batsman, Jefferson did not find much success at Nottinghamshire and he soon switched to Leicestershire at the end of the 2009 season. He found a new lease of life with the Leics and went on to have an impactful first season. Despite being plagued with an Achilles injury, Will continued to pile runs in first-class cricket, which was inclusive of a phenomenal hundred against Surrey at The Oval. His adaptability to the Twenty20 format was clearly evident with the way he scored 83 off 33 balls in a match against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. He also played for England A in their tour of Bangladesh.

“Jeffer” got a two-year extended deal with the Leics owing to his first season performance. An able slip fielder, he played a major role in his team clinching the domestic T20 title of 2011. In the semi-finals against Lancashire that went to the Super Over, he finished the match by hitting a six that resulted in Leicestershire progressing to the finals.