Full name Graeme Fowler
Born April 20, 1957, Accrington, Lancashire
Current age 59 years 278 days
Major teams England, Durham, Lancashire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Accrington Grammar School; Durham University
|Test debut||England v Pakistan at Leeds, Aug 26-31, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v England at Kanpur, Jan 31-Feb 5, 1985 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v New Zealand at Sydney, Jan 20, 1983 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v India at Manchester, May 26, 1986 scorecard|
|First-class span||1979 - 1994|
|List A span||1978 - 1994|
"Foxy" Fowler was a left-handed opener who apparently played and missed so often that soon even he hardly seemed to know whether he had an elaborate and irritating way of leaving the ball or whether he was phenomenally lucky. When he did make contact, Fowler was impressive, especially off the back foot. But he was certainly lucky that so many potential openers went on the rebel 1981-82 tour of South Africa: all his 21 Tests came while they were banned. His career reached its apogee with his marvellous 201 in the 1984-85 Madras Test (in conditions very foreign to an Accrington lad), but after one more game Graham Gooch came back and Fowler was history. He remained a solid force for Lancashire, and then turned his cheeky-chappie image to good effect as a radio summariser.
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