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Alec Stewart

England|Wicketkeeper Batter
Alec Stewart
INTL CAREER: 1989 - 2003
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Full Name

Alec James Stewart


April 08, 1963, Merton, Surrey


60y 328d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Fielding Position


Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter



When Alec Stewart was in full flow, few could keep up alongside. Relying on touch, he was in his element against the quicks, cover-driving with a neat flourish and pulling with panache - most memorably when he thundered two centuries during England's storming of Fortress Bridgetown in 1993-94. He was less secure against the spinners, however, and his instinctive style meant his career was a sequence of purple patches and less colourful troughs.

Stewart's strength as an opening batter was compromised by the selectors' desire for balance: he and Jack Russell swapped the wicketkeeping gloves regularly throughout the 1990s, but Stewart, better standing back than standing up, eventually became the regular No. 1. He took over the England captaincy from Mike Atherton in 1998 and promptly led the side to their first major series win for 12 years, against South Africa. But his leadership was based on passion not nous, and when England lost another Ashes series and flopped in the 1999 World Cup, he was harshly axed.

He hit top form again during the 2000 one-day triangular series, and when he scorched a century in his 100th Test, the sheer length of the standing ovation he received suggested that Stewart had become a national institution. But his squeaky-clean image took a blow during England's 2000-01 tour of Pakistan when an Indian bookmaker alleged that Stewart had accepted money for information during England's trip to India in 1992-93. Stewart survived, though.

Against India at Lord's in 2002, he crowned his achievements by becoming England's most-capped Test cricketer, overtaking Graham Gooch's record of 118 matches. Stewart continued to give his all for England until he called it a day in all forms of the game after the drawn series with South Africa in 2003. Fittingly, his final game was at The Oval; he made 38, but more importantly to a man like Stewart, England won. His love of the football manager-style soundbite earned him the nickname Gaffer.

Stewart went on to work in the media and as an executive director of Surrey.

Alec Stewart Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A5044745314771167*35.08--1994--44248


List A504-480---12.00-000
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Recent Matches of Alec Stewart

England XI vs CA Chairman69--08-Dec-2006Perth (Lilac Hill)OTHER
England vs South Africa382c/0s & 2c/0s04-Sep-2003The OvalTest # 1659
England vs South Africa15 & 74c/0s & 2c/0s21-Aug-2003LeedsTest # 1656
England vs South Africa72 & 51c/0s & 1c/0s14-Aug-2003NottinghamTest # 1654
England vs South Africa7 & 01c/0s31-Jul-2003Lord'sTest # 1653

Photos of Alec Stewart

Alec Stewart has criticised the ECB's scheduling after Surrey wrapped up their Championship title
Alec Stewart and Rory Burns celebrate after Surrey's Championship title retention was confirmed
Alec Stewart supervises Surrey's warm-up
Gareth Batty and Alec Stewart pose with the Championship trophy
Alec Stewart, Surrey's director of cricket, takes his place at the pre-season photocall
Alec Stewart feeds the bowling machine