Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch

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  • The Most Prolific Run Scorer Top-Class Cricket Has Ever Seen
  • Graham Is Available For Cricket Dinners & Lunches, Corporate Engagements, & Golf Days

Graham Gooch was the most prolific run scorer top-class cricket has ever seen. After he retired in 1997, the statistician Robert Brooke calculated that he had scored 21,087 in one-day cricket at first-class level, which added to his 44,841 first-class runs, put him ahead of Jack Hobbs. It was an amazing achievement, especially for a man who gave the impression that he was constantly on the brink of walking out in disgust. His enigmatic qualities seemed almost cultivated.
 
When England first plucked him out of Essex, as a 21-year-old in 1975, Gooch was an uninhibited belter of a cricket ball. Armed with one of the game’s heaviest bats, he could always wallop it when he chose, but the inhibitions grew. In his case, they made him a more rounded player and perhaps the ultimate professional. 
In the 1980s Gooch was often where the action wasn’t: he was banned for three years for leading the first rebel tour to South Africa, a decision he never adequately explained, perhaps even to himself. Even when unbanned, he was often refusing to tour and threatening to come home. England made him captain only because there was no one else, but his fanatical fitness and work-ethic gave the team more purpose than it had shown in a decade.
 
Approaching 40, he kept getting better as a batsman and ever more mysterious: his marriage was believed to be cricket’s happiest until he walked out on it. Even after retirement, his career took a surprise turn: earmarked as English cricket’s supremo, he was bombed out as coach and selector and became a broadcaster, with a sly wit that surprised those who had seen only his poker face and his broad bat.
 
In 1996 Gooch was appointed an England selector and held that position for four seasons.
Since 2002 he has been Essex’s Head Coach but as from 2005 he has accepted a wider role within the club. This will include specialist batting coaching and acting as an ambassador for the club’s future commercial development. He has also started the ‘Graham Gooch Scholarship Fund’ an initiative to raise monies to send some of Essex’s best young professionals on overseas scholarships.
 
Graham Gooch has acquired a vast fund of stories, which he delivers in his own style. He is articulate and well informed and can motivate, inspire, entertain and create an individual’s awareness of self-achievement and has an established reputation as a humorous after dinner speaker and is in demand at corporate, social and sporting events.
 
Career
•England Cricket Selector – 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
•England Specialist Batting Coach – 1998, 1999, 2000
•England Cricket Team Tour Manager – Australia 1998/99
•England ‘A’ Cricket Team Tour Manager – Kenya/Sri Lanka 1998
•Durham County Cricket Club, Specialist Batting Coach 1998 – 2001
•Head Coach Essex County Cricket Club – 2002, 2003, 2004
•Awarded OBE – 1991 
 
Recent Media Appearances
•Channel Four Commentary Team – 2000, 2001
•Sky Commentary – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
•Test Match Special Radio Commentary – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
•Channel Four Commentary Team – 2000, 2001
•Radio Five Live Sport – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
•Question of Sport (numerous past appearances)

Graham is available form Cricket Dinners & Lunches, Corporate Engagements, and Golf Days.