David Gower      

Full name David Ivon Gower

Born April 1, 1957, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Current age 60 years 89 days

Major teams England, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club

Nickname Stoat, Lubo, Lu

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Commentator

Height 5 ft 11 in

Education King's School, Canterbury; University College, London

David Ivon Gower
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 117 204 18 8231 215 44.25 16268 50.59 18 39 979 10 74 0
ODIs Insights on odi 114 111 8 3170 158 30.77 4218 75.15 7 12 290 22 44 0
First-class 448 727 70 26339 228 40.08 53 136 280 1
List A 430 417 49 12255 158 33.30 19 56 162 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 117 5 36 20 1 1/1 1/1 20.00 3.33 36.0 0 0 0
ODIs Insights on odi 114 2 5 14 0 - - - 16.80 - 0 0 0
First-class 448 260 227 4 3/47 56.75 5.23 65.0 0 0
List A 430 20 30 0 - - - 9.00 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 1-5, 1978 scorecard
Last Test England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 6-9, 1992 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Pakistan at Manchester, May 24-25, 1978 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 16, 1991 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1975 - 1993
List A span 1975 - 1993
Profile

Wisden overview
The fluffy-haired, ethereal-looking young man who pulled his first ball in Test cricket for four in 1978 was to be England's most consistent and consistently exasperating batsman of the 1980s. Other batsmen go in and out of form: Gower always seemed to play the same - beautifully, until the moment he made a mistake. Sometimes, the mistake was put off long enough for him to play an innings of unforgettable brilliance. A left-hander with a strong top hand, Gower's strokes had a liquid, graceful feel: in an era of biffers, he was a caresser. When he edged a catch, he would be damned as irresponsible but, with his style, the difference between an exquisite stroke and a nick was little more than an inch. His character appeared as uncomplicated as his cricket, but his devil-may-care mien hid some complexities, even perhaps an inner loneliness. Lazy journalists called him "laid-back" but you don't score 8231 Test runs without a cladding of steel. And, as captain, his apparent insouciance hid a genuine belief that England should pick the best players and let them get on with it. This worked against the Australians in 1985 but was disastrous the following winter in West Indies and, even more so, when Gower regained the leadership for the 1989 Ashes series. He was out of tune with Graham Gooch's tote-that-barge regime that followed and county cricket bored him, so he retired prematurely into a career as a TV personality so successful that his cricket seemed mere preparation.
Matthew Engel

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Feb 2017

Chris Cowdrey and David Gower, February 2017

Chris Cowdrey and David Gower

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Oct 12, 2016

David Gower at the World Land Trust evening, London, October 12, 2016

David Gower at the World Land Trust evening

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Aug 23, 2013

Sky Sports commentators David Gower, Ian Botham and Andrew Strauss have a chat, The Oval, August 23, 2013

Sky Sports commentators David Gower, Ian Botham and Andrew Strauss have a chat

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1979

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Match drawn
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 & 118/3 (45.4 ov) Essex 542/3d
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 & 160 Glamorgan 237 & 67/4 (38 ov, target 212)
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d & 50/2 (25.4 ov) Somerset 147
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 289/7d Leics 157 & 168/2 (47.1 ov, target 394)
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 221/7 (78.3 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d & 142/1d Gloucs 150/1d & 31/3 (14.3 ov, target 351)
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Match drawn
Eng Lions v South Africa at Worcester - Jun 29-Jul 1
South Africa 58/1 (20 ov)
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