Geoffrey Graham Arnold
September 03, 1944, Earlsfield, Surrey
Also Known As
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
Elliott Comprehensive, Putney Heath
Universally known as "Horse" because his initials were GG (Surrey's postwar teams seldom looked further than the obvious for a nickname), Geoff Arnold was a master in suitable conditions for seam bowling. A strongly built six-footer, his outswing moved late, often bounced high, and he could cut the ball in either direction off the seam. He had a sharp wit on and off the field; but this lugubrious mien was philosophical about his worst misfortunes, as when, in the Old Trafford Test against Australia in 1972, he had Keith Stackpole (twice) and Bruce Francis dropped in the slips off three successive balls. After retiring he has served a number of counties - and, occasionally, England - as a bowling coach.
Batting & Fielding