Full Name

Robert Michael Henry Cottam

Born

October 16, 1944, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Age

76y 280d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

relations

(son)

Other

Coach

TEAMS

Bob Cottam was a tall, right-arm medium-fast bowler who relied on limitless stamina and unerring accuracy. He took over 1000 first-class wickets for Hampshire and Northamptonshire, passing 100 wickets in a season three times. In 1965 he took 9 for 25 for Hampshire against Lancashire, but in 1971 moved to Northants, cut down his pace, and made a second career for himself as a naggingly-accurate seamer. He toured Pakistan in 1968-69 and India and Pakistan in 1972-73, and his four Test caps all came on those two trips. Although the pitches did not favour him, his 14 wickets cost only 23.35. After retiring he coached Warwickshire and Somerset before becoming England's bowling coach from 1998 to 2001. In Cottam's time Darren Gough and Andy Caddick developed into England's best new-ball pair since Willis and Botham, while Craig White went from county trundler to a man capable of bowling Brian Lara round his legs first-up. And he got Dominic Cork swinging the ball again - for a while, anyway.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test45127136.7500020
FC28928097127862*6.98011530
List A133722526223*5.5700370
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test48903327144/506/8523.352.1764.50100
FC289530532112510109/2520.9152.50586
List A133660540601804/94/922.5536.60800
Bob Cottam portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1963 - 1976
List A Matches
Span
1964 - 1978

Photos


Hampshire Players reunion 2002
Bob Cottam oversees a net session
England team photograph,Canterbury, Kent, 06 May 1999
From left: Les Taylor, Bob Willis, Neil Foster, Bob Cottam and Greg Thomas practise at the Lilleshall Sports Centre, Newport, Shropshire
Bob Cottam
Bob Cottam bowls against Surrey