Colin Cowdrey      

Full name Michael Colin Cowdrey

Born December 24, 1932, Bangalore, India

Died December 4, 2000, Angmering Park, Littlehampton, Sussex (aged 67 years 346 days)

Major teams England, Gentlemen, Kent, Marylebone Cricket Club, Oxford University

Also known as Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Education Tonbridge; Oxford University

Relation Father - EA Cowdrey, Son - CS Cowdrey, Son - GR Cowdrey, Grandson - FK Cowdrey

Michael Colin Cowdrey
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 114 188 15 7624 182 44.06 22 38 13 120 0
ODIs 1 1 0 1 1 1.00 5 20.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 692 1130 134 42719 307 42.89 107 231 638 0
List A 87 78 11 1978 116 29.52 3 12 38 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 114 10 119 104 0 - - - 5.24 - 0 0 0
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 692 4876 3329 65 4/22 51.21 4.09 75.0 0 0
List A 87 59 43 3 1/0 1/0 14.33 4.37 19.6 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 26-Dec 1, 1954 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 8-13, 1975 scorecard
Test statistics
Only ODI Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1950-1976
List A span 1963-1975
Profile

Wisden obituary
Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge, died on December 4, 2000, aged 67, after suffering a stroke earlier in the year. Michael Colin Cowdrey was successively known to the world as Michael Cowdrey - when Wisden reported on him as a 13-year-old schoolboy prodigy - Colin Cowdrey, Sir Colin and finally Lord Cowdrey, when he became the first English cricketer to be given a peerage. In an era of outstanding English batsmen, he was the most durable, with a Test career spanning more than two decades. On his journey from teenage phenomenon to sporting statesmen, he was at the heart of the game for half a century: Cowdrey was the first man to play 100 Tests, captained England 27 times and scored almost 43,000 first-class runs - 7,624 of them in Tests. In later years, he played a major role behind the scenes in marrying the traditions of international cricket with modern demands. Yet it was still possible, and only mildly unkind, for one of his contemporaries, Fred Trueman, to describe Cowdrey on his death as "a terrific talent who never fulfilled his potential". Amid the triumphs there was often a vague sense of unease: of unexpected failures, opportunities not taken. Despite everything, Cowdrey never achieved the greatest accolade English cricket can offer: he toured Australia six times, which equalled a world record held by Johnny Briggs, but never once was he selected as captain; every time a more forceful figure shoved him out of the way when it mattered.

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Dec 5, 2000

1995: Portrait of Sir Colin Cowdrey during the ICC press conference at Lord's in London.

Lord Cowdrey - portrait

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Aug 20, 1980

Colin Cowdrey batting for Old England against Old Australia at The Oval, August 20, 1980

Colin Cowdrey batting for Old England

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Dec 13, 1974

Colin Cowdrey takes guard at Perth days after flying to Australia, December 13, 1974

Colin Cowdrey takes guard at Perth days after flying to Australia

© The Cricketer International

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1956

Country Fixtures Country Results
Surrey v Kent at Guildford - Jul 20-23
Kent 408 & 292 Surrey 398 & 135/5
Gloucs v Worcs at Cheltenham - Jul 21-24
Worcs 395 Gloucs 156 & 140/8 (f/o)
Sussex v Warwickshire at Horsham - Jul 21-24
Sussex 413 Warwickshire 306/8
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