Full name Thomas William Graveney
Born June 16, 1927, Riding Mill, Northumberland
Current age 88 years 47 days
Major teams England, Gloucestershire, Queensland, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 5-10, 1951 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 12-17, 1969 scorecard|
|First-class span||1948 - 1971/72|
|List A span||1963 - 1970/71|
Tom Graveney was a classical batsman who might have played another 20 Tests if he had managed to convince his early captains that he could be relied on in a crisis. He had a few untimely dismissals at the start of his England career, and the impression that county cricket was his milieu might have been strengthened by the mountain of runs he scored, with so much grace and ease, for Gloucestershire. How misguided that was became clear when Graveney moved to Worcester in 1961, after losing the Gloucestershire captaincy. He forced himself back into the England team in 1966, and earned 24 more caps (and four of his 11 Test hundreds) after his 39th birthday. An affable man, "Long Tom" became a pub landlord in retirement, and was a BBC TV summariser for a time. His brother Ken also captained Gloucestershire, as did Ken's son David Graveney, who went on to become England's chairman of selectors.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1953
Walter Lawrence Trophy 1968
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?