Greg Thomas      

Full name John Gregory Thomas

Born August 12, 1960, Trebanos, Glamorgan, Wales

Current age 54 years 73 days

Major teams England, Border, Eastern Province, Glamorgan, Northamptonshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 10 4 83 31* 13.83 226 36.72 0 0 7 1 0 0
ODIs 3 3 2 1 1* 1.00 7 14.28 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 192 253 45 3419 110 16.43 2 7 74 0
List A 183 144 34 1485 65* 13.50 0 1 34 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 8 774 504 10 4/70 4/70 50.40 3.90 77.4 1 0 0
ODIs 3 3 156 144 3 2/59 2/59 48.00 5.53 52.0 0 0 0
First-class 192 27916 16303 525 7/75 31.05 3.50 53.1 18 1
List A 183 8237 6020 218 5/17 5/17 27.61 4.38 37.7 5 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Kingston, Feb 21-23, 1986 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Nottingham, Aug 7-12, 1986 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v England at Kingston, Feb 18, 1986 scorecard
Last ODI England v Pakistan at Birmingham, May 25, 1987 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1979-1991
List A span 1981-1991
Profile

Glamorgan pace bowler Greg Thomas was genuinely fast, but injury wrecked his chance of developing into a force at Test level. Meanwhile, the Caribbean in 1985-86 wasn't the place to make your debut. Confronted by Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes & Co., Thomas took only eight wickets at 45.50 as England lost all five Tests. He was also bowled by the first ball he faced in Test cricket - but as a bowler he left a sense of what might have been. His career begun in 1979, with Thomas making his debut against the Sri Lankans at Swansea. However, he did not become a regular in the county side until 1984, after completing his college studies and after surgery for a stress fracture in his back. He showed that he had fully recovered by producing some fiery spells for both Glamorgan and Border in South Africa. His pace and hostility also won Thomas a place on England`s tour to the West Indies in 1985-86, but his career interupted by further ailments and injuries, and remarkably Thomas` most productive summer was in 1988 when he claimed 48 first-class wickets at an average of 31. While he could deliver the ball at blistering pace, he was also erratic at times, and steadily became frustrated by the slow Welsh wickets. He felt these were hindering his claims of gaining further Test recognition. As a result, he moved to Northamptonshire in 1989 and in 1989-90 threw in his lot with Mike Gatting on the rebel England tour of South Africa. In 1990 he took a career-best 7 for 75, ironically for Northants against Glamorgan, but he lost his place the following year after a pelvic injury, and was forced to retire at the end of the 1991 season.
Andrew Hignell

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