Tom Graveney

Country: England
Born: June 16, 1927, Riding Mill, Northumberland
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter
Died: November 03, 2015 (aged 88y 140d)

Tom Graveney Bio

Thomas William Graveney, known affectionately as Tom Graveney, was a legendary cricketer who left an indelible mark on the sport. Renowned for his classical batting style and effortless strokeplay, he became one of England’s finest batsmen of his era. Graveney’s career was not without its ups and downs, but his determination, skill, and love for the game propelled him to great heights.

Born on June 16, 1927, in Muchalls in Worcestershire, England, Graveney began his cricketing journey at a young age. As a talented schoolboy cricketer, he quickly garnered attention with his elegant batting technique and ability to score runs consistently. His exceptional talent soon earned him a place in the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in 1948, where he would go on to make his mark in the cricketing world.

Initially, Graveney struggled to cement his place in the national side, often dismissed prematurely. However, he continued to dominate the domestic circuit, amassing runs with grace and ease. His sheer volume of runs and undeniable skill made it apparent that he belonged on the international stage. Unfortunately, it took several years for his captains to realize his potential and grant him regular opportunities to showcase his talents.

Graveney’s fortunes changed when he moved to Worcester in 1961 after losing the Gloucestershire captaincy. This move not only rejuvenated his career but also transformed him into an even more formidable batsman. In 1966, at the age of 39, he fought his way back into the England team, defying age stereotypes and proving his worth. Over the course of his career, Graveney went on to earn 79 Test caps, amassing 4,882 runs at an impressive average of 44.38. His ability to perform consistently, even in challenging situations, showcased his mental resilience and determination.

Beyond his individual accomplishments, Graveney was known for his amiable personality and love for the game. Affectionately nicknamed “Long Tom,” he was revered by his teammates and opponents alike. Following his retirement from professional cricket, Graveney became a pub landlord and later pursued a successful career as a BBC TV summariser, sharing his expertise and insights with cricket enthusiasts.

Cricket ran deep in the Graveney family’s veins, with his brother Ken and nephew David also making significant contributions to the sport. Ken captained Gloucestershire, just as Tom did, while David went on to become England’s chairman of selectors, further solidifying the family’s cricketing legacy.

Tom Graveney’s impact on cricket extended far beyond his playing days. He was a true ambassador for the sport, captivating audiences with his elegant strokeplay and humble demeanor. While statistics can paint a picture of his achievements, it is the enduring legacy he left in the hearts of cricket fans that truly defines his illustrious career. Tom Graveney will always be remembered as a true maestro of the game, forever etching his name in cricketing history.

Tom Graveney Career Stats

Tom Graveney Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 79 123 13 4882 258 44.38 - - 11 20 - 7 80 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 732 1223 159 47793 258 44.91 - - 122 233 - - 553 1
List A 45 43 7 1147 98 31.86 - - 0 6 - - 15 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Tom Graveney Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 79 9 260 167 1 1/34 1/34 167 3.85 260 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 732 - 5479 3037 80 5/28 - 37.96 3.32 68.4 - 1 0
List A 45 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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