Thomas William Graveney
June 16, 1927, Riding Mill, Northumberland
November 03, 2015 (aged 88y 140d)
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Top order Batter
Tom Graveney was a classical batsman who might have played another 20 Tests if he had managed to convince his early captains that he could be relied on in a crisis. He had a few untimely dismissals at the start of his England career, and the impression that county cricket was his milieu might have been strengthened by the mountain of runs he scored, with so much grace and ease, for Gloucestershire. How misguided that was became clear when Graveney moved to Worcester in 1961, after losing the Gloucestershire captaincy. He forced himself back into the England team in 1966, and earned 24 more caps (and four of his 11 Test hundreds) after his 39th birthday. An affable man, "Long Tom" became a pub landlord in retirement, and was a BBC TV summariser for a time. His brother Ken also captained Gloucestershire, as did Ken's son David Graveney, who went on to become England's chairman of selectors.
Batting & Fielding