Geoff Boycott      

Full name Geoffrey Boycott

Born October 21, 1940, Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire

Current age 78 years 23 days

Major teams England, Northern Transvaal, Yorkshire

Nickname Fiery, Boycs, Thatch

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Commentator

Height 5 ft 10 in

Education Hemsworth Grammar School

Geoffrey Boycott
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 108 193 23 8114 246* 47.72 22 42 8 33 0
ODIs Insights on odi 36 34 4 1082 105 36.06 2020 53.56 1 9 84 0 5 0
First-class 609 1014 162 48426 261* 56.83 151 238 264 0
List A 313 302 44 10095 146 39.12 8 74 99 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 108 20 944 382 7 3/47 3/47 54.57 2.42 134.8 0 0 0
ODIs Insights on odi 36 6 168 105 5 2/14 2/14 21.00 3.75 33.6 0 0 0
First-class 609 3685 1459 45 4/14 32.42 2.37 81.8 0 0
List A 313 1975 1208 30 3/15 3/15 40.26 3.66 65.8 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 4-9, 1964 scorecard
Last Test India v England at Kolkata, Jan 1-6, 1982 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI India v England at Jalandhar, Dec 20, 1981 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1962 - 1986
List A span 1963 - 1985

If ever a defence appeared to be impenetrable it was that of Yorkshireman Geoff Boycott when his mind was set on staying in. The features of his forward stroke were the distance he thrust forward behind a big left pad, how low his head was as he searched for signs of movement from the ball, and its balance and compactness. Add a sharp-edged thigh-pad protecting the top of his leg and there wasn't a chink of daylight to be seen. If he hadn't made himself unavailable for 30 Tests in his prime - because, it was thought he felt that he, rather than Mike Denness, should have succeeded Ray Illingworth as captain - he would surely have become the first Englishman to make 10,000 Test runs. He returned triumphantly in 1977, scoring a century in his comeback Test and another - his 100th in first-class cricket - in front of his adoring home crowd at Headingley. As opener he saw his first task as scoring heavily enough to protect his teams against defeat, and in Test cricket and the County Championship - the matches that counted in the first-class averages - he was as sparing with the attacking strokes as, in retirement, he is strident in his opinions on the game. How valuable he was to England is shown by the fact that only 20 of his 108 Tests ended in defeat, mainly when he failed. His most productive strokes, off the back foot through the covers (his speciality) and the on-drive, were majestic in their power and placement. But he was not the man to press home an advantage. A loner, and an insatiable net-player, he was short of friends inside the game; indeed there were many who heartily disliked him because of his self-centredness. But he had charm, and responded warmly to those who offered friendship. After his retirement he became a trenchant commentator.
John Thicknesse

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Jun 1, 2018

Michael Vaughan and TMS colleague Geoffrey Boycott, England v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Headingley, 1st day, June 1, 2018

Michael Vaughan and TMS colleague Geoffrey Boycott

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Aug 17, 2017

Geoffrey Boycott's approach could be back in vogue at his beloved Headingley

Geoffrey Boycott has no thoughts of retirement after major heart surgery

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Aug 13, 2016

Geoffrey Boycott chats with Mickey Arthur and Mark Nicholas, England v Pakistan, 4th Test, The Oval, 3rd day, August 13, 2016

Geoffrey Boycott chats with Mickey Arthur and Mark Nicholas



Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1965

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1970

First England player to bat on all days of a five-day Test (1977 Trent Bridge v Australia)

Received first ball in a ODI and was first wicket to fall