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Full name Anthony John Grayhurst Pearson
Born December 30, 1941, Pinner, Middlesex
Current age 73 years 90 days
Major teams Cambridge University, Somerset
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class span||1961 - 1963|
Tony Pearson was an opening medium-pace bowler who played for Cambridge for three seasons between 1961 and 1963, and also made six appearances for Somerset. He was effective for the university, taking 112 wickets at 30.45 (his 26 wickets for Somerset only cost 19.50).
In 1961 he joined an exclusive club when he took all ten wickets in an innings against Leicestershire at Loughborough, the last university cricketer to do so. He finished with 10 for 78, including 9 for 39 from 19.3 overs on the last day. That summer he took 62 wickets at 26.16, and in 1962, 50 at 31.74. In his three Varsity match appearances he was surprisingly ineffective.
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun