Alan Butcher

Country: England
Born: January 07, 1954, Croydon, Surrey
Height: 5ft 8in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat

Alan Butcher Bio

Alan Raymond Butcher, born on August 8, 1953, in Croydon, England, is a former professional cricketer hailing from England. Renowned for his stylish left-hand opening batting and his excellent play off the back foot, Butcher enjoyed a fruitful career that saw him represent Surrey and Glamorgan at the county level.

Butcher’s cricketing journey took a unique turn as he spent a significant portion of his formative years in Australia. His parents had emigrated there, and it was during this time that he honed his skills as a left-arm fastish bowler. However, upon his return to England, Butcher opted to focus on his batting, and the decision proved to be a wise one as he quickly established himself as a specialist batsman.

After several years of consistent performances at the county level, Butcher finally received international recognition when he was selected to represent England in a Test match against India at The Oval in 1979. Although Butcher did not manage to make a significant impact in the match, scoring 14 and 20, his talent and potential were evident. Unfortunately, he missed out on the subsequent Australian tour and was never able to regain a spot in the national team.

Undeterred by his international setback, Butcher continued to impress at the county level. In 1987, after spending 15 successful years with Surrey, he made a move to Glamorgan. Two years later, in 1989, Butcher assumed the captaincy of Glamorgan, leading the team with distinction until his retirement in 1992. Even after hanging up his boots, he remained involved in the sport, taking on coaching roles with Essex and Surrey.

A surprising twist occurred in 1998, when injuries and Test call-ups left Surrey short-handed, prompting them to call upon Butcher for a brief comeback at the age of 44. He answered the call and scored 22 and 12 in his two innings, showcasing his enduring skills and commitment to the game.

Butcher’s coaching prowess became more prominent when he returned to The Oval in 2006 as the coach of Surrey. However, his attempts to revitalize an aging team fell short, and the club suffered relegation without a single win in 2008, leading to his dismissal.

Butcher’s true test as a coach came in February 2010 when he assumed the role of Zimbabwe’s coach, taking over from Walter Chawaguta. Under his guidance, Zimbabwe made a triumphant return to Test cricket in August 2011, winning a one-off Test against Bangladesh. This victory ended their self-imposed six-and-a-half-year absence from the format, marking a significant milestone for Zimbabwean cricket.

Cricket runs deep in the veins of the Butcher family. Alan Butcher’s eldest son, Mark Butcher, carved a successful career for himself, representing both Surrey and England at the international level. Another son, Gary Butcher, also had stints with Surrey and Glamorgan. In a memorable encounter in 1991, Alan Butcher faced his son Mark in a Sunday League match at The Oval, further cementing the family’s connection to the sport. It is worth noting that Alan’s brothers, Martin and Ian, also made their mark in first-class cricket.

Alan Butcher’s contributions to cricket extend far beyond his playing and coaching career. His stylish batting, leadership prowess, and dedication to the sport have left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape of England and Zimbabwe.

Alan Butcher Career Stats

Alan Butcher Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 34 20 17 156 21.79 0 0 3 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 0 14 14 14 26 53.84 0 0 1 0 0 0
FC 402 684 60 22667 216* 36.32 - - 46 123 - - 185 0
List A 359 340 34 9619 140 31.43 - - 7 56 - - 85 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Alan Butcher Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 1 1 12 9 0 - - - 4.5 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 402 - 10008 5433 141 6/48 - 38.53 3.25 70.9 - 1 0
List A 359 - 3788 2529 75 5/19 5/19 33.72 4 50.5 2 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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