Full Name

David Anthony Graveney

Born

January 02, 1953, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

Age

68y 336d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

relations

(father),

(uncle),

(cousin)

Other

Administrator

TEAMS

David Graveney's ruddy face has been a familiar sight in English cricket since he first played for Gloucestershire in 1972. These days he combines his day job, as chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association - the players' union - with the almost fulltime role of chairman of the England selectors. After initial doubts that he could combine the two roles, he took over the selection job from Ray Illingworth in 1997. His time has been characterised by greater continuity of selection, and fewer of the Yorkshire-based hunches in which Illy specialised - but still the results have been indifferent, especially against Australia. Reports that the advent of the Hussain-Fletcher partnership in 1999 had marginalised Graveney were pooh-poohed by the ECB, but the suspicion lingers that he wields less power than formerly and the important selection decisions are now made by the coach and the captain. His position, boosted by the Ashes success in 2005, looked increasingly shaky after England's dire winter in 2006-07 and he was moved aside in 2008 to a new role as Performance Manager, ending his 11-year reign. Geoff Miller, a selector since 2000, was named his replacement.

As a player Graveney was a stiff-backed left-arm spinner in the Ashley Giles mould, just short of Test class. After 19 seasons at Bristol, where he followed his father Ken and legendary uncle Tom, he had a year at Somerset before becoming Durham's first captain when they attained first-class status. He managed the so-called rebel tour of South Africa in 1989-90, but has taken charge of one or two more official jaunts since then.
Andrew Miller January 2008

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC457580178710711917.672162410
List A38222692226356*16.88011020
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC45769516298679818/8530.442.5770.8407
List A3821340291872875/115/1132.014.1146.6610

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1972 - 1994
List A Matches
Span
1972 - 1994

Photos


David Graveney and Michael Vaughan chat in the nets
David Graveney watches England beat a Sri Lanka President's XI
David Graveney chats with Paul Collingwood
David Graveney portrait
David Graveney and Michael Vaughan discuss their options during an England training session
Duncan Fletcher has a chat with David Graveney