Tufnell was occasionally inspired with the ball, taking 11-93 against Australia at the Oval in 1997 (for which he won the Man of the Match award after England won by 19 runs) and seven wickets in an innings against the West Indies at the Oval in 1990, but he took his 121 Test wickets with a bowling average of 37.68 across his whole Test career. Mark Waugh theorised that "if you attack him, he can go on the defensive, and it puts him off his game." According to Michael Parkinson, a British talk show host, "at the age of nine he was opening the bowling and the batting for his club's junior team." It can be assumed that his bowling developed much more than his batting (he averaged 5.09 in Test cricket). His batting might have been better had he not developed the habit of moving his back foot away from the wicket as the ball was bowled, making it harder for him to get in line with the ball (this was pointed out by Cricket commentator Simon Hughes on Channel 4). Parkinson also believes that his " ordinary fielding made him a luxury in the view of the...(English cricket) management (circa August 1996)." However his fielding did improve during his career. He was nicknamed "The Cat" due to his propensity to be found sleeping in the dressing room. He also acquired the nickname "Two Sugars" due to his well known love of tea. According to England teammate Michael Atherton, Tufnell smoked more than occasionally
During his illustrious career spanning over a decade with Middlesex, Tufnell took more than 1,000 first class wickets in the English game, a feat only achieved in the modern era by Andrew Caddick, Phillip DeFreitas and Martin Bicknell.
His autobiography What Now ? ISBN 0002188163 was published in 1999.
In 2006, at the Allan Border Medal ceremony, Tufnell made an appearance and gave a long, humorous speech aimed at poking fun at the Aussies after their recent loss in the 2005 Ashes series. Unfortunately, these digs were taken a little too seriously by Ricky Ponting, who failed to see the fun in Tufnell's speech.
Tufnell makes occasional appearances as a summariser on BBC Radio's Test Match Special. Tufnell is now taking on Matt Dawson and his guests as a team captain on on the BBC panel show A Question of Sport.
Tufnell is appearing in one of the teams on BBCs Sport Relief Does The Apprentice
On April 12th, 2008, Tufnell and his wife Dawn were guests on the ITV show All Star Mr & Mrs
Parkinson admits that "the prejudice against Phil Tufnell [was] deep seated." Tufnell's sporadic appearances during the mid-1990s may have also been due to his "tantrums on the field".