Full Name

George Henry Simmons Garton


April 15, 1997, Brighton, Sussex


25y 172d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Left arm Fast

Playing Role

Bowling Allrounder


Hurstpierpoint College

A left-arm quick and promising batter, in 2021 George Garton began to live up to the promise that had seen him drafted in as cover on an Ashes tour aged just 20. Encouraging displays for Sussex led to an England ODI call-up - though Covid-19 scuppered chances of a debut - and he went on to help Southern Brave to glory in the inaugural men's Hundred, subsequently winning an IPL deal to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Garton's skiddy pace and whippy action initially wanted for control, but he had shown evidence that he was starting to hone his skills during the 2020 Bob Willis Trophy, taking a maiden first-class five-for against Essex that included the wickets of Alastair Cook and Dan Lawrence, and finishing as Sussex's leading wicket-taker in the Blast. The following April, he made a career-best 97, batting at No. 7 against Glamorgan, then dismissed England captain Joe Root cheaply at Hove, before his white-ball stock took off.

Garton caught England's eye in his debut season for Sussex, when he was a surprise inclusion in the England Lions squad to face Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A as the selectors continued their never-ending hunt for a left-arm quick of Test standard. Having represented England U19s in the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh, he took a wicket with his first ball in first-class cricket, against Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Hove, and made his debut in all three formats with Sussex's bowling coach, Jon Lewis, describing him as "a real gem".

With England suffering something of an injury crisis at the start of their 2017-18 Ashes tour, Garton - who had impressed both for the Lions and in net sessions with the full England squad - was called-up into the tour party ahead of the first Test as short-term cover. He had only played nine first-class games at the time.

After missing most of 2018 due to a freak injury - he suffered a side strain picking up a suitcase from the baggage carousel at Los Angeles airport while rushing to get a connecting flight - Garton was afforded a run in Sussex's 50-over side the following year, though struggled for Championship playing time; a pair of fifties from No. 9 at the end of the 2019 first-class season were a reminder of his all-round credentials. His white-ball potential was clear when he finished as the leading wicket-taker at the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10, leading to a trial with IPL side Rajasthan Royals.
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Career Averages
List A2423942993294/434/4334.246.3232.4100
Batting & Fielding
List A241121033811.4411986.5500121110
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Recent Matches - Player
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Sussx 2nd XI vs Middx 2nd XI25 & 52*0/7 & 0/1111-Jul-2022HorshamOTHER
George Garton struck three times in the first seven balls
George Garton and Delray Rawlins added 60 in 4.3 overs
George Garton at a training session
George Garton gets his debut England T20I cap from Chris Jordan
George Garton takes off in his followthrough
George Garton celebrates his maiden international wicket