Full name Norman Gifford
Born March 30, 1940, Ulverston, Lancashire
Current age 77 years 120 days
Major teams England, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 18-23, 1964 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 21-26, 1973 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Sharjah, Mar 24, 1985 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Sharjah, Mar 26, 1985 scorecard|
|First-class span||1960 - 1988|
|List A span||1963 - 1988|
Norman Gifford came along as a left-arm spinner at an unfortunate time. When he started, Tony Lock's international career still had seven years to run, while Derek Underwood, five years Gifford's junior, was soon to stake an irresistible challenge of his own. Underwood and Gifford were sufficiently dissimilar - Gifford was much slower and more low-slung - for them to play two Tests side by side, on the subcontinent in 1972-73, but Underwood's artistry restricted Gifford, a good-natured apple-cheeked Lancastrian, to 15 Tests, most of them while Ray Illingworth was captain. Gifford captained England in a one-day series in Sharjah in 1985 at the age of 44.
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