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Full name Christopher James Tavaré
Born October 27, 1954, Orpington, Kent
Current age 59 years 274 days
Major teams England, Kent, Oxford University, Somerset
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education Sevenoaks School; Oxford University
Relation Nephew - WA Tavare
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Nottingham, Jun 5-10, 1980 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Birmingham, Jul 6-11, 1989 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v West Indies at Leeds, May 28-29, 1980 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v England at Karachi, Mar 26, 1984 scorecard|
|List A span||1974-1993|
Everything about Chris Tavaré annoyed the Australians in the early 1980s, right down to his acute accent: he was the antithesis of their idea of a cricketer. An Oxford graduate, rather silent, effete-seeming, he simply refused to get out of their way and batted for hours, even days. The energy other players put into their strokes Tavaré expended by walking halfway to square-leg after every delivery. He could play shots and was particularly effective at smashing off-spinners over the top. But he didn't like to let on and rarely got the opportunity in Test cricket: though he much preferred to bat No. 3, England forced him to open because there was no one else. He was deposed as Kent captain, unpleasantly, and then moved to Somerset.
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