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Paul Grayson
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Paul Grayson

England
Paul Grayson

INTL CAREER: 2000 - 2001

Full Name

Adrian Paul Grayson

Born

March 31, 1971, Ripon, Yorkshire

Age

50y 244d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

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TEAMS

Paul Grayson was as surprised as anybody when he was called up to the England squad for the ICC KnockOut tournament in Kenya in October 2000. He had been on the verge of quitting cricket and starting work at a brewery in Romford when the call came. He played just one game in that competition, England's quarter-final defeat against South Africa at Nairobi. It was an ignominious international debut; he made a golden duck and although his five overs were tidy enough, he failed to take a wicket.

Although his one-day batting in 2001 failed to reach the heights of his first-class efforts, Grayson was recalled for the England one-day squad to tour Zimbabwe in autumn 2001. He had limited opportunity there, appearing in just the fourth one-day international where he bowled well enough to take 3 for 40. However his batting is more suited to the longer version of the game, and he missed the opportunity to establish himself in the team, losing out to the off-spinner and specialist one-day lower order batsman, Jeremy Snape.

A Yorkshireman, Grayson made his debut for his native county in 1990, having already played for England Young Cricketers in 1989 and toured with them in Australia in 1989-90. He also represented the Young Cricketers against Pakistan in 1990. The slow left-arm bowler and right-hand bat had plumped for cricket despite boasting considerable football skills. At 16 he had been offered apprentice terms by Middlesbrough but turned them down. His elder brother Simon played regularly for Blackburn Rovers.

Unoriginally nicknamed Larry, Grayson scored 1,000 runs for the first time in 1994 and was named the club's player of the year, but Yorkshire released him at the end of the following season. He moved south to Essex in 1996, and was awarded his county cap that same year. His allround abilities have proved useful for in first-class cricket, but his skills have mainly come to the fore in the limited-overs version, where he is renowned for tying up opposing batsmen at the end of the innings.

After an extensive change of personnel during the winter of 2001-02, Grayson was appointed vice-captain of Essex and, while his season was disrupted to an extent by injury, he was at the helm at a crucial time. With Ronnie Irani away on international duty, Grayson was in charge when Essex won the Division Two title in the County Championship and gained promotion in the National League as well, but injury continued to restrict his appearances and at the end of the 2005 summer decided to retire from first-class cricket.

There followed a long coaching career at Essex, which extended his involvement with the county to 19 years He was promoted from second-team coach in July 2007 and guided Essex to the Friends Provident Trophy victory in 2008. Essex had a wins record second only to Hampshire in one-day cricket during his time, but the run of defeats in knockout stages of tournaments piled up. In 2015, it was a familiar story as Essex tumbled out of T20 and 50-over competitions in the quarter-finals and he left the county by mutual consent after eight years in charge, aware that the new chairman of the cricket committee, Ronnie Irani, was advocating a coaching shake-up. Grayson became coach at Durham MCCU in succession to Graeme Fowler.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
ODI220663.001346.15000010
FC18129825865518931.7016431210
List A24620133342682*20.39011680
T209831545530.80124124.190117010
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
ODI22906033/403/4020.004.0030.0000
FC1811274860381365/2044.392.8493.710
List A246847768322064/254/2533.164.8341.1400
T209612617152/362/3634.208.1425.2000
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Essex coach Paul Grayson has been granted a reprieve until the end of the season
Essex coach Paul Grayson
Paul Grayson, player portrait
Paul Grayson
It went where ? ; Essex slips from left to right, Hussain, Robinson, Cowan, keeper Flower and Paul Grayson
Paul Grayson celebrates the wicket of Doug Marillier caught behind by Foster