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A BATTLING century from captain Jonathan Batty left Surrey's game against Frizzell County Championship leaders Warwickshire in the balance after three days at Guildford.
Worcestershire off-spinner Batty has been the most under- used of all England's fringe players since their arrival a month ago and had not featured in any match until this three-day encounter against West Indies' best emerging cricketers.
Today is the youngster's 12th birthday and his grandma Susan Caruana, 62, who was previously married to David Batty and is Alex's legal guardian, has spoken out in the hope of bringing him home.
Batty used only their voices over old, archival footage, refusing to take viewers out of the era being portrayed.
Bill Astin, prosecuting, said: "Mr Batty seemed to be under the influence of drink and drugs and they were concerned about his mental state.
The 39-year-old shared new-ball duties on day two of the first Test against Bangladesh, who were also the opponents when Batty made his previous appearance in the format in June 2005 at Chester-le-Street.
Batty added: "That actually massively brought us back into the game and hopefully put them on the back foot a little bit more.
Batty bowled the second over, only the third time since 1928 that England have opened a first innings with a spinner.
Batty " Ben Stokes finally claimed the first wicket by a seamer - after the previous 14 had gone to spinners - when Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim edged behind on 48 as Enland finished strongly.
It was not just a big moment for Batty, but also for England, with Tamim Iqbal gone for a classy 78 as Bangladesh responded to England's 293 with 221-5.
GARETH Batty thought his international career was finished but he hopes he can grab his opportunity with both hands following a surprise England call-up for the Test tour of Bangladesh.
SPIN twins Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty struck late for Surrey to raise their hopes of gaining the upper hand in their Specsavers County Championship Division One clash with Durham at the Kia Oval.