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Summary Article: Gooch, Graham Alan from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English cricketer. An attacking right-handed opening batsman, he is England's leading run-scorer in Test cricket. He captained England 34 times between 1988 and 1993.

Career highlights

Test cricket (1975–95) appearances: 118; runs: 8,900; average: 42.58; not out: 6; 100s: 20; best: 333 (v. India 1990); catches: 103

One-day internationals (1976–95) appearances: 125; runs: 4,290; average: 36.98; not out: 6; 100s: 8; best: 142 (v. Pakistan 1987); catches: 45

All first-class cricket (1973–97) appearances: 613; batting: runs: 44,846; average: 49.01; not out: 75; 100s: 128; best: 333 (v. India 1990); bowling: overs: 3,130.5; wickets: 246; runs: 8,457; average: 34.37; best: 7–14 (v Worcestershire 1982); catches: 555


Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1980

Born in Leytonstone, London, he made his first-class debut for Essex in 1973 and his England debut in 1975. He was banned for three years for captaining an unofficial England side to South Africa in 1982. In 1990 he scored a world record match total of 456 runs against India and became only the fourth batsman to finish an English season with an average above 100 runs per innings. In 1993 he reached the milestone of 100 centuries. He retired from Test cricket in 1995 having played in 118 Test matches. He became an England Test Selector in 1996, a position he held for four years, and in 1997 retired as a player from first-class cricket.


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