Geoff Cope      

Full name Geoffrey Alan Cope

Born February 23, 1947, Burmantofts, Leeds, Yorkshire

Current age 67 years 53 days

Major teams England, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire

Nickname Todge

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Education Temple Moor School, Leeds

Geoffrey Alan Cope
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 3 0 40 22 13.33 184 21.73 0 0 1 0 1 0
ODIs 2 1 1 1 1* - 1 100.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 246 261 93 2383 78 14.18 0 5 71 0
List A 44 24 14 112 18* 11.20 0 0 9 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 5 864 277 8 3/102 4/91 34.62 1.92 108.0 0 0 0
ODIs 2 2 112 35 2 1/16 1/16 17.50 1.87 56.0 0 0 0
First-class 246 43489 16948 686 8/73 24.70 2.33 63.3 35 6
List A 44 1915 1168 29 3/24 3/24 40.27 3.65 66.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v England at Lahore, Dec 14-19, 1977 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v England at Karachi, Jan 18-23, 1978 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v England at Sialkot, Dec 30, 1977 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v England at Lahore, Jan 13, 1978 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1966-1980
List A span 1969-1983
Profile

In a long career dogged by difficulties with the fairness of his bowling action, Geoff Cope showed both courage and persistence by re-modeling his delivery twice - after suspension by the authorities in 1972 and 1978 -each time returning to top-class cricket. An offspinner who preferred to push the ball through and a dogged tail-end batsman, question marks over his action meant that his England appearances were limited to one series in Pakistan in 1977-78. He nearly took a hat-trick on debut too: having dismissed Abdul Qadir and Sarfraz Nawaz, he had Iqbal Qasim caught at slip by Mike Brearley. But as Qasim was leaving the crease, Brearley, unsure as to the legitimacy of the catch, recalled him.
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May 11, 1977

Geoff Cope

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