- The Most Complete England Batsman Since The Gooch-Gower Era
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Graham Thorpe is a former England batsman. Graham went onto During the winter of 2000-01, Graham Thorpe established himself as the most complete England batsman since the Gooch-Gower era, able to attack like Alec Stewart – against pace or spin – and to defend like Mike Atherton. Graham is now proving a popular choice as a cricket after dinner speaker.
He is the first England player to undergo ten consecutive years of touring, for the A and Test team.
In 2002, he announced his retirement from the one-day game, took an indefinite break from all forms of cricket, returned and announced his readiness to tour Australia – and then pulled out again in a move which seemed to signal the end of his Test career.
However, in another turnaround at the start of the 2003 English season, Thorpe again insisted he was ready to return to England colours, in both forms of the game, but was surprisingly overlooked for the first Test against South Africa. He did return, though, for the crucial final Test at The Oval, where he delighted everyone with a century that helped set up England’s astonishing comeback. Since that innings, Thorpe went on to score 1635 runs and also reached the milestone of 100 Tests, against Bangladesh at the start of the 2005 season.
He was omitted from the squad to face Australia at Lord’s on July 21, and one day into the match he announced his retirement, a decision that brought a premature end to the career of one of England‘s toughest competitors.
Graham is available for Corporate Events, Sporting Dinners and is very suitable for Cricket Club Dinners, with some interesting insight to players from the game of cricket whom he played with and against, during his time in the game.