Steven John Rhodes (born 17 June 1964, Bradford, Yorkshire, England) is a former English cricketer. He was best known as a wicket-keeper, but was also a useful number six or seven batsman, making twelve first-class centuries.
His father, William Rhodes (cricketer, born 1936), played more than 30 times for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in the early 1960s.
Emerging initially out of Birstall Cricket Club in West Yorkshire, Rhodes’ county cricket career began with Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1981. The incumbent was the international wicket-keeper David Bairstow and after limited chances he moved to Worcestershire County Cricket Club in 1985 staying with that county for the remaining two decades of his playing career.
Towards the end of the 2004 season, Rhodes briefly became Captain (cricket) county captain when Ben Smith (cricketer) resigned during the home game with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club
He was selected for the England tour to India in 1988/89, but when this was cancelled for political reasons he lost his chance, and it was to be 1994 before he made his Test cricket debut.
His selection was primarily down to the new chairman of selectors, Raymond Illingworth, who announced at his (Illingworth’s) appointment that he wanted balanced sides i.e. an all-rounder at number 6 with a wicket-keeper at number 7. As such, Illingworth was saying that his chosen wicket-keeper had to contribute with bat and gloves. While Rhodes had a golden summer with the gloves in 1994, he did not make enough runs – especially against the powerful South African bowling attack in the second half of the season.
Chosen to tour Australia in 1994-95, he had a poor tour with gloves and especially with the bat – frequently dismissed by Australian spearhead Craig McDermott, often leg before wicket (LBW). Having waited so long to make his Test debut (he had played one One Day International in 1989), he was dropped in favour of Alec Stewart in 1995, and never played for England again. Nevertheless, Rhodes was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1994.
In May 2005, Worcestershire announced that Rhodes had been appointed as Coach, following the departure of Tom Moody. In 2006, he became Director of Cricket at Worcestershire County Cricket Club.