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Graham Thorpe      

Full name Graham Paul Thorpe

Born August 1, 1969, Farnham, Surrey

Current age 45 years 143 days

Major teams England, Surrey

Nickname Stumpy

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Graham Paul Thorpe
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 100 179 28 6744 200* 44.66 14693 45.89 16 39 778 9 105 0
ODIs 82 77 13 2380 89 37.18 3344 71.17 0 21 172 5 42 0
First-class 341 567 80 21937 223* 45.04 49 122 290 0
List A 354 332 58 10871 145* 39.67 9 80 168 0
Twenty20 5 4 0 95 50 23.75 68 139.70 0 1 11 2 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 100 6 138 37 0 - - - 1.60 - 0 0 0
ODIs 82 5 120 97 2 2/15 2/15 48.50 4.85 60.0 0 0 0
First-class 341 2387 1378 26 4/40 53.00 3.46 91.8 0 0
List A 354 721 649 16 3/21 3/21 40.56 5.40 45.0 0 0 0
Twenty20 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 1-6, 1993 scorecard
Last Test England v Bangladesh at Chester-le-Street, Jun 3-5, 2005 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Manchester, May 19, 1993 scorecard
Last ODI England v Sri Lanka at Leeds, Jul 2, 2002 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1988
Last First-class Surrey v Gloucestershire at The Oval, Aug 16-19, 2005 scorecard
List A debut 1988
Last List A Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval, Jul 17, 2005 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Surrey v Warwickshire at Nottingham, Jul 19, 2003 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
13 Eng Masters v WI Masters Bridgetown 5 Nov 2010 Other T20
32 Eng Masters v SA Masters Bridgetown 5 Dec 2009 Other T20
1 Eng Masters v SA Masters Bridgetown 4 Dec 2009 Other T20
32 Eng Masters v SL Masters Bridgetown 3 Dec 2009 Other T20
Profile

During the winter of 2000-01, Graham Thorpe established himself as the most complete England batsman since the Gooch-Gower era, able to attack like Alec Stewart - against pace or spin - and to defend like Mike Atherton. He had begun as a brilliant counter-attacking left-hander who came off the ropes from the start of his innings to punch a quick 20 and seize the initiative, an invaluable trait. But being the first England player to undergo ten consecutive years of touring, for the A and Test team, troubled his back, dulled his edge and gave him a reputation for grumpiness. In 1999-2000, he opted out of the tour to South Africa, a decision which seemed to be the final step before fulfilment. The winter's rest, and time for reflection with his family, brought him to a mature peak - as a batsman who enjoyed his cricket again, the best allround fielder in the team, a contributor in the dressing-room and occasional captain. But in 2002 his career reached crisis point as his marriage crumbled in full view of the tabloids. With England's busiest-ever winter looming, he announced his retirement from the one-day game, took an indefinite break from all forms of cricket, returned and announced his readiness to tour Australia - and then pulled out again in a move which seemed to signal the end of his Test career. However, in another turnaround at the start of the 2003 English season, Thorpe again insisted he was ready to return to England colours, in both forms of the game, but was surprisingly overlooked for the first Test against South Africa. He did return, though, for the crucial final Test at The Oval, where he delighted everyone with a century that helped set up England's astonishing comeback. Since that innings, Thorpe went on to score 1635 runs at 56.37 in England's successful run, also reaching the milestone of 100 Tests, against Bangladesh at the start of the 2005 season. He was omitted from the squad to face Australia at Lord's on July 21, and one day into the match he announced his retirement, a decision that brought a premature end to the career of one of England's toughest competitors.
Scyld Berry

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Mar 12, 2014

Ian Bell has a chat with Graham Thorpe in the nets, Bridgetown, March 12, 2014

Ian Bell has a chat with Graham Thorpe in the nets

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Mar 10, 2014

Graham Thorpe gets the media duties, Barbados, March 10, 2014

Graham Thorpe gets the media duties

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Aug 4, 2011

England Lions captain James Taylor takes some intructions from Graham Thorpe, Scarborough, August 4 2011

England Lions captain James Taylor takes some intructions from Graham Thorpe

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1998

Awarded the MBE in 2006

Tournament Results
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 7, 2012
West Indies won by 36 runs
Australia v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 5, 2012
West Indies won by 74 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 4, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 16 runs
India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
India won by 1 run
Australia v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
Pakistan won by 32 runs
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