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Graham Gooch
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Personal information
Full nameGraham Alan Gooch
Born(1953-07-23) 23 July 1953 (age 59)
Whipps Cross, Leytonstone, England
NicknameZap, Goochie
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting styleRight-handed
Bowling styleRight-arm medium
RoleBatsman, Batting coach
International information
National sideEngland
Test debut (cap 461)10 July 1975 v Australia
Last Test3 February 1995 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 34)26 August 1976 v West Indies
Last ODI10 January 1995 v Australia
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1973–1997Essex
1975–2000MCC
1982/3–1983/4Western Province
Career statistics
CompetitionTestODIFCLA
Matches118125581614
Runs scored8,9004,29044,84622,211
Batting average42.5836.9849.0140.16
100s/50s20/468/23128/21744/139
Top score333142333198*
Balls bowled2,6552,06618,78514,314
Wickets2336246310
Bowling average46.4742.1134.3731.15
5 wickets in innings0031
10 wickets in match0n/a0n/a
Best bowling3/393/197/145/8
Catches/stumpings103/–45/–555/–261/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 December 2007
 
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Graham Gooch
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Personal information
Full nameGraham Alan Gooch
Born(1953-07-23) 23 July 1953 (age 59)
Whipps Cross, Leytonstone, England
NicknameZap, Goochie
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting styleRight-handed
Bowling styleRight-arm medium
RoleBatsman, Batting coach
International information
National sideEngland
Test debut (cap 461)10 July 1975 v Australia
Last Test3 February 1995 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 34)26 August 1976 v West Indies
Last ODI10 January 1995 v Australia
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1973–1997Essex
1975–2000MCC
1982/3–1983/4Western Province
Career statistics
CompetitionTestODIFCLA
Matches118125581614
Runs scored8,9004,29044,84622,211
Batting average42.5836.9849.0140.16
100s/50s20/468/23128/21744/139
Top score333142333198*
Balls bowled2,6552,06618,78514,314
Wickets2336246310
Bowling average46.4742.1134.3731.15
5 wickets in innings0031
10 wickets in match0n/a0n/a
Best bowling3/393/197/145/8
Catches/stumpings103/–45/–555/–261/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 December 2007

Graham Alan Gooch OBE DL (born 23 July 1953) is a former cricketer who captained Essex and England. He was one of the most successful international batsmen of his generation, and through a career spanning from 1973 until 2000, he became the most prolific run scorer of all time with 67,057 runs.[1] He is the leading Test run scorer for England, and is one of only twenty-five players to have scored over 100 first-class centuries. He has the most runs in a career in List A cricket which totals 22211 runs. [2] In 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[3] He is currently the batting coach for the England cricket team, a role he has performed since November 2009.

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Overview

Gooch was born in Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, in East London. He was educated at Norlington School for Boys, in London.

Gooch played first-class cricket regularly between 1973 and 1997. Famous for his upright stance, a high bat-lift and heavy bat he became one of the most prolific run scorers top-class cricket has ever seen. On the 8th November 2011, he received an honorary award from University of East London.

Test cricket

Early years

Gooch made his debut in Test cricket in 1975 at 21 against the touring Australia side captained by Ian Chappell. His debut was not a great success as Gooch got a pair,[4] and England lost the first Test by an innings and 85 runs. The second Ashes Test in the series wasn't much better, he scored 6 and 31 and was then dropped from the side. He was not selected again until 1978 where his scoring rate for Essex meant that he could not be ignored and he became a mainstay in the England line-up. In 1980 he was awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

Gooch had a further hiatus in his career when he went on the controversial 1982 South African rebel tour, which resulted in all of the players concerned, including Geoff Boycott, Alan Knott and Bob Woolmer, being banned from Test cricket for three years. Geoffrey Boycott was generally perceived as the key player organising the tour party but it was Graham Gooch who captained the team who gained the most media attention and in some cases vilification.[5] Gooch was not handed the captaincy until the team arrived in South Africa at the beginning of March. It could be argued that more attention was on Gooch however as he was reaching his peak as a Test Player, others were in the twilight years of their cricket careers and so the ban was arguably felt more acutely by the captain. Gooch claimed in the film "The Wilderness Years" that 'others' decided he "had no place in England cricket", hence his decision to join the tour.

Later years

Upon the expiration of the ban, Gooch was restored to the England team in 1985. Opting to miss the 1986-87 tour of Australia for personal reasons, a severe loss of form resulted in failing to win back his England place for the 1987 summer and Test series against Pakistan - indeed at one stage he was even dropped to the Second XI at Essex: but his form returned at the end of the summer, with a superb century in the MCC Bicentennial match. He returned to the England team for the Cricket World Cup in India and Pakistan, and the subsequent winter tours of Pakistan and New Zealand. His career blossomed later after being appointed captain, a position he held twice: firstly, and briefly, at the end of the "summer of four captains" in 1988, as a replacement for the injured Chris Cowdrey (who never played another Test). In his first match (the fifth and last of the series against the West Indies), England at least showed some spirit, taking a first-innings lead for the only time in the series: but Gooch's second-innings 84 stood alone as the rest of the batting collapsed, England losing the match (and with it the series 4-0). His second match, the one-off Test against Sri Lanka, was won, and all seemed fair for Gooch to remain as captain for the tour of India that winter. But that tour was cancelled over the Indian government's refusal to grant visas to the eight players who had sporting links with South Africa, including Gooch himself. Gower was thus returned as captain for the losing 1989 Ashes series - in which, for a second time, Gooch's loss of form with the bat resulted in his being dropped, by his own request this time.

Full-time captain

After Gower's resignation following the 4-0 Ashes defeat of 1989, and the loss of a large number of players with Test experience to a second rebel tour of South Africa under Gatting, Gooch was re-appointed captain for the 1989-90 winter tour of the West Indies. England unexpectedly won the first Test, which was England's first victory over the Windies since 1973 and came close to winning the 3rd. However, Gooch suffered a broken hand and missed the rest of the tour - England lost the two remaining matches and the series.

Returning for the summer of 1990, Gooch had a golden summer both as batsman and captain against India and New Zealand, scoring runs seemingly at will. Gooch scored a record 456 runs in the Lord's Test against India in 1990, 333 in the first innings and 123 in the second. As of 2011, this is the only instance in any first-class cricket of a batsman scoring 300 and 100 in two innings of the same match,[6] and his aggregate of 456 for the match remains a world record for a Test match, as does his aggregate of 753 for the 3-match series.[7] Both series were won, and in 1990 Gooch was awarded Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year.

The winter tour of Australia did not, however, go according to plan, England losing 3-0 despite holding first-innings leads in the first two tests (both of which were lost), although Gooch scored a marvellous hundred chasing an improbable total in the drawn 4th test.

Gooch had a public falling-out with David Gower, the England batsman, particularly after Gower hired a vintage aircraft and 'buzzed' the ground where England was playing during the unsuccessful tour of Australia in 1990/91. Gooch contributed to the decision to omit Gower from England's tour of India in 1993, which proved so controversial that an extraordinary vote of no confidence in the selectors was passed at the MCC.[8] Gower never played another Test, lending an ironic edge to Gooch's surpassing him as England's leading run scorer in the 1993 Ashes series. It is this relationship between the two men that perhaps highlights best the differences between their approaches to the game, as Gower himself identified in 1995 in an interview in The Independent "I was never destined to be on the ball 100 per cent of the time. I don't have the same ability that Graham Gooch has, to produce something very close to his best every time he plays.'[9]

In the following year against the West Indies he scored a match-winning 154 not out, carrying his bat throughout England's second innings against a highly rated pace attack, in overcast conditions on an unpredictable pitch, while only two of his colleagues reached double figures in a total of 252. The veteran sportswriter Frank Keating rated this as the finest Test innings he had ever seen in England.[10] This opinion was backed up by the ICC rankings, which listed it as the highest-ranking innings of all time at any venue. In the rest of the series (drawn 2-2), Gooch was one of England's most consistent run-scorers, although no further centuries followed.

Gooch made a habit of leading by example, his batting average as captain being almost twice his average in the ranks. New Zealand were beaten in the winter tour of 1991-92, the decisive Second Test including another Gooch century (which he described as his worst ever, but his luckiest). He also led England to the World Cup final later that winter, and batted well during the 1992 series defeat by Pakistan - again, his runs contributing to England's series-levelling victory in the 4th test.

Gooch's committed approach to physical training also courted controversy during England's 1992 World Cup campaign, especially with another senior player Ian Botham. Hints were dropped that Gooch's unrelenting regime had led to burn-out within the team[citation needed], culminating in their losing the final to Pakistan, whom they had been on course to defeat easily in a rain-affected match earlier in the tournament.

After the fourth Test match of the 1993 Ashes series, and with England now 3-0 down in the series, he resigned as captain: the job being given to his fellow opening batsman, Michael Atherton. Although Gooch continued playing for a couple of years, notably scoring another double century against New Zealand in 1994, Gooch retired from Test match cricket as England's all-time highest run scorer. Over his 118 Test career, Gooch played with a record 113 different team mates.

First-class

Gooch made his debut for Essex in 1973 at the age of 19, and played for the county until his retirement as a player in 1997. For Essex, Gooch scored 120 in the 1979 Benson and Hedges Cup final against Surrey, a match which saw Essex win a major domestic trophy for the first time in their history. This heralded a highly successful period for the county, with Gooch a key member of a team that won the county championship six times in the years 1979-1992, and also won every other major domestic trophy at least once in the same period. Gooch holds numerous Essex batting records: in particular he scored the most first-class runs in a season (2559, scored in 1984 while banned from playing for England), and made more first-class centuries (94) for the county than any other player. Essex record partnerships for both the first and second wicket were set by Gooch and Paul Prichard.

Gooch also bowled occasional medium pace, and took over 200 first-class wickets. He could be a prodigious swinger of the ball if conditions suited. In dead matches he could sometimes be seen doing impressions of fellow professionals' bowling styles.

Upon his retirement, Christopher Martin-Jenkins wrote an article in Wisden Cricketers Almanack arguing that Gooch was the all-time highest run scorer in top level cricket. He scored 44,846 runs in all first-class cricket at an average of 49.01, including 128 centuries. (A number of players have scored more first-class runs.) Martin-Jenkins took into consideration Gooch's List A matches, in which he scored a further 22,211 runs, itself a world record.[11]

Cricket Coach

In October 2001, Gooch returned to his beloved Essex in the capacity of head coach, taking over from Keith Fletcher.[12] Gooch held this role until stepping down in March 2005 to Paul Prichard, his long running opening partner. Gooch remains at the club, continuing as the squad's specialist batting coach whilst also assuming commercial duties for the county.

In November 2009 Gooch was selected as a "temporary" batting coach for the impending four test tour of South Africa and to support ex-Essex colleague, Head England Coach Andy Flower[13]

Gooch's commitment to England cricket and passion for the game remains. When commenting on the new England coaching role he said: "It came out of the blue. I met Andy at Trent Bridge when I was working for radio and I was a bit surprised when he asked me to do it. But you spend your career trying to do your bit for England and when you're asked to help again the call of your country is special.".[14] He has since remained as England's batting coach on a permanent basis, continuing this role for the 2010 series against Bangladesh and Pakistan, and the winter Ashes series against Australia in Australia. Double-centurion Alastair Cook (at the first test at The Gabba in Brisbane) hailed Gooch's influence on England's and his own batting prowess. Gooch subsequently has supervised England's batting (or 'run-scoring', as Ian Bell has noted Gooch refers to it) throughout their rise to number 1 in the Test cricket ICC Rankings. Prior to Gooch taking over, English batsmen had scored 6 test double-centuries in 15 years. 15 months after he became the batting coach, England had already beaten that total.[15]

In March 2012 Gooch took the full-time role as England Batting coach which came in the wake of the disappointing three-match Test series against Pakistan, in which England were beaten 3-0, largely down to the failure of their batsmen. "I am delighted to be taking on the role of England batting coach on a full-time basis," said Gooch, "I will now have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the players and other coaches both in the build-up to series and during the series themselves." [16]

Outside cricket

In the mid-1990s, faced with a receding hairline, Gooch began promoting hair transplants,[17] for a London-based clinic, as well as the Australian-based Advanced Hair Studio. Two licensed computer games were made by Audiogenic, Graham Gooch's Test Cricket in 1985 and Graham Gooch World Class Cricket in 1993.

He made a one-off return to first-class cricket in July 2000, just a few days before his 47th birthday, when he captained MCC against New Zealand A at The Parks. It was not a successful comeback: Gooch made only 0 and 5 in the game.

In 2007 he announced his intention to compete in a beach cricket competition against Courtney Walsh's Team and Allan Border's team.

In 2011 Gooch received the Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of East London.[18]

Graham Gooch is a West Ham United supporter.

Records

Test matches

Test hundreds

  1. 123 v West Indies (Lords) June 1980
  2. 116 v West Indies (Bridgetown) March 1981
  3. 153 v West Indies (Kingston) April 1981
  4. 127 v India (Chennai) January 1982
  5. 196 v Australia (Oval) August 1985
  6. 114 v India (Lords) June 1986
  7. 183 v New Zealand (Lords) June 1986
  8. 146 v West Indies (Trent Bridge) June 1988
  9. 154 v New Zealand (Edgbaston) July 1990
  10. 333 v India (Lords) July 1990
  11. 123 v India (Lords) July 1990
  12. 116 v India (Old Trafford) August 1990
  13. 117 v Australia (Adelaide) January 1991
  14. 154 v West Indies (Headingley) 1991
  15. 174 v Sri Lanka (Lords) August 1991
  16. 114 v New Zealand (Auckland) February 1992
  17. 135 v Pakistan (Headingley) July 1992
  18. 133 v Australia (Old Trafford) June 1993
  19. 120 v Australia (Trent Bridge) July 1993
  20. 210 v New Zealand (Trent Bridge) June 1994

One day internationals

First class

List A

England career performance

Graham Gooch's Test career performance graph.


Test Match Career Performance by OppositionBatting[19]
OppositionMatchesRunsAverageHigh Score100 / 50
Australia Australia42263233.311964 / 16
India India19172555.643335 / 8
New Zealand New Zealand15114852.182104 / 3
Pakistan Pakistan1068342.681351 / 5
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka337662.661741 / 1
West Indies Cricket Board West Indies26219744.83154*5 / 13
South Africa South Africa313923.16330 / 0
ODI Career Performance by OppositionBatting[19]
OppositionMatchesRunsAverageHigh Score100 / 50
Australia Australia32139546.501364 / 9
India India1742026.251151 / 1
New Zealand New Zealand1671350.92112*1 / 4
Pakistan Pakistan1651732.311421 / 1
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka730343.28840 / 4
West Indies Cricket Board West Indies3288130.37129*1 / 4
South Africa South Africa122.0020 / 0

References

  1. ^ "Records / Combined First-class, List A and Twenty20 / Batting records / Most runs in career". CricInfo. http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284266.html. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "10,000 or More Runs in List A Matches". CricketArchive. http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Records/ListA/Overall/Most_Runs.html. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Benaud, Gooch, Compton, Larwood and Woolley inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame". http://www.thesportscampus.com/200907171413/test-cricket/hof-inducted. 
  4. ^ Cricinfo - 1st Test: England v Australia at Birmingham, 10-14 July 1975
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/cwc2003/hi/newsid_2710000/newsid_2719100/2719133.stm Rebel Hell for Gooch
  6. ^ Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2006, pages 275–276
  7. ^ Tests – Most Runs in Match from Cricinfo
  8. ^ "When Gower's tour took off". Cricinfo. http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/story/232946.html. Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
  9. ^ Smith, Giles (28 August 1995). "Brilliant but fallible, swashbuckling but reserved: David Gower is the sort of hero that sport no longer admits". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/brilliant-but-fallible-swashbuckling-but-reserved-david-gower-is-the-sort-of-hero-that-sport-no-longer-admits-and-mores-the-pity-1598329.html. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  10. ^ "They pitilessly cut my florid flam about Autumn leaves" (Frank Keating reviews his career in sports journalism and nominates Gooch as having played the greatest Test innings in England)
  11. ^ 10,000 or More Runs in ListA Matches, CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 September 2006
  12. ^ "Essex turn to Gooch". The BBC. 10 September 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/essex/1535268.stm. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  13. ^ "Graham Gooch to help coach England during South Africa Tests". London: The Daily Telegraph. 28 November 2009. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/6676769/Graham-Gooch-to-help-coach-England-during-South-Africa-Tests.html. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  14. ^ Newman, Paul (23 June 2010). "England batting coach Graham Gooch is still the passion player". London: The Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-1289036/Paul-Newman-England-batting-coach-Graham-Gooch-passion-player.html. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  15. ^ Sheringham, Sam (18 August 2011). "England's unsung heroes". London: BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/14567658.stm. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  16. ^ "Graham Gooch is made England's full-time batting coach". The BBC. 18 February 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/17085158. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  17. ^ "Succession in Hair transplantation with tiny strips". Healthy Hair Highlights News. 10 July 2011. http://www.healthyhairhighlights.com/new_approach_to_hair_transplant.html. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  18. ^ "Graham Gooch Bowled Over By UEL Honorary Degree". CricketWorld. 8 November 2011. http://www.cricketworld.com/gooch-bowled-over-by-uel-honorary-degree/29840.htm. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Graham Gooch Test Matches - Batting Analysis". CricInfo. http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/13399.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Emburey
David Gower
English national cricket captain
1988
1989–1993
Succeeded by
David Gower
Mike Atherton
Preceded by
Keith Fletcher
Keith Fletcher
Essex cricket captain
1986–1987
1989–1994
Succeeded by
Keith Fletcher
Paul Prichard