In 1987, Fairbrother made his debut in ODI cricket against India which followed with a match-winning century against West Indies in 1991 at Lord’s. From this point onwards, Fairbrother emerged as a regular middle-order batsman of one-day for several years. However, Test cricket success was not easy to pin down.
Being bowled for a duck in his debut, he appeared only ten times for the English cricket team and made only one half-century in 15 innings at an average of 15.64. Not a very bright player of his time, Fairbrother has played 75 one-day international matches scoring 2092 runs at an average of 39.47 including sixteen fifties and one century.
His highest ODI score was 113. He was much more successful in first-class cricket with his great performances. He was a good middle-order batsman in the one-day international cricket where he poured in runs at crucial stages.
Fairbrother played for Lancashire at The Oval in 1990 against Surrey and made a score of 366. He made a superb running score of 311 runs in one-day and his accomplishment was unique as he made a score of a minimum of 100 runs in all three sessions held the same day. Another feat came in 1998 when he emerged as the 1st player in ten of Lord’s one-Day Domestic Cricket Cup finals.
The current England cricket team has batsmen like Ian Bell and Roots who have come in very handy at middle-order spot for the English cricket team. Neil Fairbrother has performed immensely great in his time whenever he was tested.