Full name Gary John Crocker
Born May 16, 1962, Bulawayo
Current age 53 years 109 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Country Districts
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
Education Hamilton High School
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 18-22, 1992 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Nov 7-12, 1992 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 25, 1992 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Zimbabwe at Pune, Mar 25, 1993 scorecard|
|First-class span||1990/91 - 1994/95|
|List A span||1992/93 - 1992/93|
Gary Crocker was a tall, rangy, left-handed all-rounder with a fine temperament, who may well have failed to make a mark on international cricket but for an injury to Ali Shah on the eve of Zimbabwe's inaugural Test match. Living in Bulawayo, Crocker was captain of Matabeleland but at the age of 30 had never represented the full national side when he received an emergency call late at night and made an overnight car journey of 440 kilometres to take his place in Harare the following morning. His Test record was not spectacular, but he had a memorable ODI debut with a fifty and four wickets against India. Unfortunately the following season he made a business move to Kadoma, where he lacked good practice facilities, lost form and was never included contention again. He now lives in the USA. He was also a superb baseball player.
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