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Full name Adrian Paul Grayson
Born March 31, 1971, Ripon, Yorkshire
Current age 43 years 361 days
Major teams England, Essex, Suffolk, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|ODI debut||England v South Africa at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 10, 2000 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v England at Bulawayo, Oct 10, 2001 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Essex v Glamorgan at Chelmsford, Sep 2-5, 2004 scorecard|
|List A debut||1991|
|Last List A||Essex v Glamorgan at Chelmsford, Sep 6, 2004 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Surrey v Essex at East Molesey, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Leicestershire v Essex at Leicester, Jul 19, 2004 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|87, 1/29||Suffolk||v Cheshire||Lord's||27 Aug 2007||Other OD|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v MCCA U25||Bishop's Stortford||27 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|78||Essex 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Birdham||19 Jun 2007||Other|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Bishop's Stortford||5 Jun 2007||Other|
|36, 3/27||Suffolk||v Bedfordshire||Flitwick||3 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Southend-on-Sea||29 May 2007||Other|
|0/6||Essex 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Southampton||24 Apr 2007||Other|
|1/12||Essex 2nd XI||v MCCA U25||Coggeshall||21 Jul 2006||Other|
|2/31, 6||Suffolk||v Bedfordshire||Woodbridge||30 Apr 2006||Other|
Paul Grayson was as surprised as anybody when he was called up to the England squad for the ICC KnockOut tournament in Kenya in October 2000. He had been on the verge of quitting cricket and starting work at a brewery in Romford when the call came. He played just one game in that competition, England's quarter-final defeat against South Africa at Nairobi. It was an ignominious international debut; he made a golden duck and although his five overs were tidy enough, he failed to take a wicket.
Although his one-day batting in 2001 failed to reach the heights of his first-class efforts, Grayson was recalled for the England one-day squad to tour Zimbabwe in autumn 2001. He had limited opportunity there, appearing in just the fourth one-day international where he bowled well enough to take 3 for 40. However his batting is more suited to the longer version of the game, and he missed the opportunity to establish himself in the team, losing out to the off-spinner and specialist one-day lower order batsman, Jeremy Snape.
A Yorkshireman, Grayson made his debut for his native county in 1990, having already played for England Young Cricketers in 1989 and toured with them in Australia in 1989-90. He also represented the Young Cricketers against Pakistan in 1990. The slow left-arm bowler and right-hand bat had plumped for cricket despite boasting considerable football skills. At 16 he had been offered apprentice terms by Middlesbrough but turned them down. His elder brother Simon played regularly for Blackburn Rovers.
Unoriginally nicknamed Larry, Grayson scored 1,000 runs for the first time in 1994 and was named the club's player of the year, but Yorkshire released him at the end of the following season. He moved south to Essex in 1996, and was awarded his county cap that same year. His allround abilities have proved useful for in first-class cricket, but his skills have mainly come to the fore in the limited-overs version, where he is renowned for tying up opposing batsmen at the end of the innings.
After an extensive change of personnel during the winter of 2001-02, Grayson was appointed vice-captain of Essex and, while his season was disrupted to an extent by injury, he was at the helm at a crucial time. With Ronnie Irani away on international duty, Grayson was in charge when Essex won the Division Two title in the County Championship and gained promotion in the National League as well, but injury has continued to restrict his appearances and at the end of the 2005 summer decided to retire from first-class cricket.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.