Graham Thorpe

Country: England
Born: August 01, 1969, Farnham, Surrey
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Graham Thorpe Bio

Graham Paul Thorpe, born on August 1, 1969, in Farnham, Surrey, England, is regarded as one of the most complete cricketers to have represented England. Hailing from a region with a rich cricketing history, Thorpe made his mark as a prolific run-scorer and an outstanding fielder.

His career began in 1993 when he made his Test debut against Australia. Thorpe wasted no time in showcasing his talent, becoming the first England player in 20 years to score a century on debut. He followed up this impressive performance with another hundred during the return Ashes tour in Perth in 1995. This highlighted his ability to attack against fast bowlers and skillfully defend against spin, making him a well-rounded batsman. Additionally, Thorpe’s contributions as an exceptional fielder made him an invaluable asset to the team.

One of Thorpe’s most memorable performances came in the historic Christchurch Test against New Zealand in 2002. Despite Nathan Astle’s record-breaking innings of 222, Thorpe’s unbeaten 200 (off 231 balls) proved to be the match-winning effort. He maintained an average of over 65 in New Zealand, marked by consecutive hundreds on the previous tour.

While his initial tours were limited to Australia and New Zealand, it was not until seven years into his career that he journeyed to the subcontinent. Thorpe made an instant impact, scoring a century in Lahore and playing the pivotal role in England’s first series win in Pakistan in 39 years, with his winning runs in Karachi etching his name in cricketing history. In March 2001, his crucial runs in Sri Lanka ensured a 2-1 series victory for England.

Amid personal struggles and a failing marriage, Thorpe took an indefinite break from the game in 2002. He retired from One Day Internationals, having achieved the milestone of accompanying the England team on ten consecutive winter tours. However, he made a triumphant return for the final Test against South Africa at The Oval in 2003, where he enthralled spectators with a century that contributed to England’s incredible series comeback to draw 2-2.

For the next two years, until the end of his Test career, Thorpe continued to impress, scoring 1511 runs at an average of 54. This coincided with a successful period for the England team, culminating in his 100th Test match against Bangladesh in the 2005 season. However, despite his remarkable contributions, Thorpe was controversially omitted from the Ashes squad to face Australia at Lord’s in 2005. Frustrated by this decision, he made the difficult choice to retire. With his playing days behind him, Thorpe transitioned into a batting coach, sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge with aspiring cricketers.

Throughout his career, Thorpe garnered a reputation as a dependable and skillful batsman, an exceptional fielder, and a staunch team player. His contributions, both on and off the field, have left an indelible mark on the sport. As fans and cricketing enthusiasts reflect on his outstanding career, Graham Thorpe’s dedication and commitment to the game will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers.

Graham Thorpe Career Stats

Graham Thorpe Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 100 179 28 6744 200* 44.66 14693 45.89 16 39 778 9 105 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 82 77 13 2380 89 37.18 3344 71.17 0 21 172 5 42 0
FC 341 567 80 21937 223* 45.04 - - 49 122 - - 290 0
List A 354 332 58 10871 145* 39.67 - - 9 80 - - 168 0
T20s 5 4 0 95 50 23.75 68 139.7 0 1 11 2 1 0

Graham Thorpe Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 100 6 138 37 0 - - - 1.6 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 82 5 120 97 2 2/15 2/15 48.5 4.85 60 0 0 0
FC 341 - 2387 1378 26 4/40 - 53 3.46 91.8 - 0 0
List A 354 - 721 649 16 3/21 3/21 40.56 5.4 45 0 0 0
T20s 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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