Full name Gladstone Cleophas Small
Born October 18, 1961, Brighton, St George, Barbados
Current age 55 years 159 days
Major teams England, South Australia, Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at Nottingham, Aug 7-12, 1986 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Perth, Feb 1-5, 1991 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Perth, Jan 1, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Nottingham, Aug 20, 1992 scorecard|
|First-class span||1979 - 1997|
|List A span||1980 - 1999|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/31||PCA XI||v ACA Masters||London||25 Jul 2013||Other T20|
|0/27||Eng Masters||v Ind Masters||Bridgetown||9 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|-||Eng Masters||v Ind Masters||Bridgetown||7 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|0/16||Eng Masters||v SA Masters||Bridgetown||5 Dec 2009||Other T20|
|1/12||Eng Masters||v SA Masters||Bridgetown||4 Dec 2009||Other T20|
|0/9||PCA XI||v Yorks Acad||Sheffield||23 Jun 2008||Other OD|
One of the most improbable-looking of all Test cricketers, Gladstone Small had his moment of glory to help England retain the Ashes in 1986-87. Small, a last-minute replacement, stunned a Boxing Day crowd of 58,000 at the MCG by splitting Australia's first innings wickets with Ian Botham. Small took 5 for 48 and Australia were rolled over for 141. When England won, Small was named Man of the Match, as much for his enthusiasm as anything: he was always a whole-hearted tryer, a committed team man and a delightful guy. Australia's discomfiture was increased by Small's strange build: seemingly without a neck, he walked around as though he still had a coathanger inside his jacket. He came to England from Barbados just after his 14th birthday, the cut-off date for automatic qualification. However, the combination of his looks and his then-pair of nerdish specs made the Lord's registration committee think he had no chance of ever playing Test cricket anyway, so they let him through. In good times, Small might not have played for England; he was neither especially fast nor reliable, and early in his career was an infuriatingly regular no-baller. But he cut his run right down and settled for being predominately an outswing bowler, still hostile enough to worry even the best batsmen, as Australia found again a week after the MCG, when he whipped through the middle order in Sydney. Like most players of that era, he then drifted in and out of the England side but took eight wickets in the defeat at Bridgetown in 1989-90 and was still a key figure for Warwickshire in their all-conquering year of 1994.
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