As a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, Phil played 42 Tests and 20 One Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 2001, as well as 316 first-class matches.
Nicknamed 'The Cat' due to his tendency to sleep in the dressing room, he was also called ‘Two Sugars’ due to his love of tea.
During his long career, spanning over a decade with Middlesex, Phil achieved a great feat in taking more than 1,000 first class wickets in the English game.
But Phil's not just handy with a bat - he's also a burgeoning artist which would explain why he's The One Show’s man on art. And as Phil has an eye for beauty, why stop there? So when he's not casting his artistic eye over an object of interest, he's driving around the country seeing our favourite landmarks.
For the show Phil has reported on the work of the pre- Raphaelites, uncovered the story of the the Wold Wagonners, met ice sculptor Duncan Hamilton where he made a giant snow flake, and joined Sister Wendy in contemplating two religious paintings.
He’s also visited Stenigot Mast, an old Radar mast in Lincolnshire that’s now used for RAF heights training exercise and explored the legacy of TV sitcom writer the late, great, David Croft of Allo Allo and Dad’s Army fame.