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Full name Graham Onions
Born September 9, 1982, Gateshead
Current age 31 years 95 days
Major teams England, Dolphins, Durham, Durham Cricket Board, Marylebone Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education St Thomas More RC School, Blaydon
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Lord's, May 6-8, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v West Indies at Birmingham, Jun 7-11, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Australia at Chester-le-Street, Sep 20, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Centurion, Oct 2, 2009 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Durham v Durham UCCE at Chester-le-Street, Apr 10-12, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Dolphins v Knights at Pietermaritzburg, Nov 28-Dec 1, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Durham Cricket Board v Glamorgan at Darlington, May 7, 2003 scorecard|
|Last List A||Dolphins v Titans at Durban, Nov 12, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Durham at Nottingham, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Durham at Northampton, Aug 6, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|-||Dolphins||v Knights||Pietermaritzburg||28 Nov 2013||FC|
|6*, 0/49, 0||Dolphins||v Cape Cobras||Pietermaritzburg||21 Nov 2013||FC|
|1, 1/43||Dolphins||v Titans||Durban||12 Nov 2013||LA|
|1/33||Dolphins||v Cape Cobras||Durban||8 Nov 2013||LA|
|0, 1/30||Dolphins||v Warriors||Pietermaritzburg||3 Nov 2013||LA|
|3/56||Dolphins||v Titans||Benoni||1 Nov 2013||LA|
|1/43||Dolphins||v Knights||Durban||30 Oct 2013||LA|
|-||Dolphins||v Lions||Pietermaritzburg||27 Oct 2013||LA|
|-||Dolphins||v Cape Cobras||Paarl||25 Oct 2013||LA|
|13, 3/103, 5*, 1/22||Durham||v Sussex||Hove||24 Sep 2013||FC|
A brisk and tenacious seam bowler, with a name to delight headline writers, Graham Onions had become a key part of the England team before suffering a career-threatening injury in early 2010. Another paceman off the Durham production line, his accurate bowling had almost taken a back foot to his steely last-wicket defiance for England. Yet from January 2010 it was 29 months until he would play again - against West Indies at Edgbaston - after a long road to recovery.
He first caught the eye during the 2006 season and did enough to earn a place in England's provisional 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy, but it wasn't until 2009 that he secured his Test debut. He was called up to replace Darren Gough in England's one-day squad against Pakistan in September 2006 and that winter toured Bangladesh with England A. The 2007 season was more of a struggle as Ottis Gibson's outstanding form often forced him out of the side, but he still spent the following winter with the England Lions where his game continued to develop.
As Durham claimed their maiden Championship title in 2008, Onions spent most of the season laid up with a string of injuries, and when he was fit couldn't force his way back into a strong line-up. No honours followed that winter, but hard work on his fitness paid off at the start of the following season when strong form was rewarded with a call-up to the squad to face West Indies. Then, as if making up for lost time, he hurtled onto the honours board with debut figures of 5 for 38, including a sensational spell of four wickets in seven balls. He subsequently played an important role in England's successful Ashes campaign, including a memorable double strike from the first two deliveries of day two of the third Test at Edgbaston.
His stature grew during England's tour to South Africa after the Ashes, where it was not just his wicket-to-wicket seam bowling that made an impact. He could almost lay claim to the Man-of-the-Series award as he twice held firm with the bat to salvage a draw for his side from the brink of defeat. In the first Test at Centurion, England were nine down when Onions came out to join Durham team-mate Paul Collingwood with 19 balls remaining. He repelled 12 deliveries to ensure England remained level and then, in the third Test at Cape Town did it all again. England had once again collapsed and it was left to Onions to withstand 11 deliveries, including a hostile final over from Morne Morkel, to defy South Africa once more.
The following week he was controversially omitted for the final Test and although he began the subsequent tour of Bangladesh, he soon flew home. It was the start of his biggest fight yet. And one of his finest successes.
Onions made his return to the international fold, claiming 4 for 88 in the rain-affected draw against West Indies at Edgbaston in the in June 2012. It was his only England action of the summer, although his form for Durham was outstanding. He took 64 Championship wickets at 14.98, his most noteworthy performance a career-best 9 for 67 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, where he denied himself the chance of taking all 10 wickets by running out Luke Fletcher. He was chosen for the England squads that toured India and New Zealand in the 2012-13 winter programme.
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