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Keith Fletcher      

Full name Keith William Robert Fletcher

Born May 20, 1944, Worcester

Current age 71 years 106 days

Major teams England, Essex

Nickname Gnome

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Height 5 ft 11 in

Keith William Robert Fletcher
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 59 96 14 3272 216 39.90 7 19 6 54 0
ODIs 24 22 3 757 131 39.84 1134 66.75 1 5 4 0
First-class 730 1167 170 37665 228* 37.77 63 222 644 0
List A 428 394 62 9948 131 29.96 2 63 133 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 59 13 285 193 2 1/6 1/6 96.50 4.06 142.5 0 0 0
ODIs 24 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 730 2980 2296 51 5/41 45.01 4.62 58.4 1 0
List A 428 132 111 4 1/4 1/4 27.75 5.04 33.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 25-30, 1968 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Feb 14, 1982 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1962 - 1988
List A span 1963 - 1988
Profile

Keith Fletcher was a fine craftsman, especially clever in his use of the crease against spinners on a turning pitch, but lack of assertiveness kept him in the second rank of England batsman, despite the fact that ten more runs would have given him an average of 40. The same flaw contributed to the termination of his five-year contract as England coach midway through its term, in 1995. Despite his gifts, and popularity, he was always happier in the small pond of Essex, whom he captained to three Championships, including their first in 1979. At Test level a somewhat apologetic air seemed to bring out the bully in fast bowlers: he never fully recaptured his composure after the attentions of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson in 1974-75. One ball in particular left a lasting mental scar - a flyer from Thommo at Sydney that ricocheted at such pace from gloves to cap-badge that Fletcher was almost caught at cover. Seven years later, 47 Tests after he had apparently been finally discarded, the selectors turned to him to captain England in India after Mike Brearley's retirement. But Fletcher became illogically defensive after defeat in the first Test at Bombay. He convinced himself that the umpires would protect India if England made a winning opening, and appeared to settle for a 0-1 series defeat, playing out five successive dreary draws. "The Gnome" never forgave Peter May, understandably, when the then chairman of selectors appointed a new captain, Bob Willis, without observing the courtesy of telling Fletcher he'd been sacked. But the decision was the right one.
John Thicknesse

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Sep 13, 1983

Stuart Turner, John Lever and Keith Fletcher leave the field at the end of the match, Essex v Yorkshire, County Championship, Chelmsford, 3rd day, September 13, 1983

Stuart Turner, John Lever and Keith Fletcher leave the field at the end of the match

© PA Photos

Feb 17, 1982

Bandula Warnapura and Keith Fletcher go out to toss, Sri Lanka v England, Inaugural Test, Colombo, February 17, 1982

Bandula Warnapura and Keith Fletcher go out to toss

© David Frith

Nov 4, 1981

England captain Keith Fletcher waves goodbye to Blighty as he prepares to depart for India, London, November 4, 1981

England captain Keith Fletcher waves goodbye to Blighty as he prepares to depart for India

© PA Photos

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1974

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Hampshire at Chester-le-Street - Sep 1-3
Hampshire won by 7 wickets
Essex v Northants at Chelmsford - Sep 1-4
Essex 360 & 55/1 (24.1 ov) Northants 275
Kent v Lancashire at Canterbury - Sep 1-4
Kent 570/8d Lancashire 259 & 38/1 (11.5 ov) (f/o)
Leics v Gloucs at Leicester - Sep 1-4
Leics 415 Gloucs 232/6 (79.1 ov)
Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval - Sep 1-4
Derbyshire 313 Surrey 560 (158.3 ov)
Warwickshire v Middlesex at Birmingham - Sep 1-4
Middlesex 207 Warwickshire 224/8 (82 ov)
Worcs v Sussex at Worcester - Sep 1-4
Worcs 210 & 48/3 (23 ov) Sussex 510/5d
Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds - Sep 1-3
Yorkshire won by an innings and 126 runs
1st ODI: England v Australia at Southampton - Sep 3
Australia 305/6 (50/50 ov)
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