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David Gower
OBE
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Personal information
Full name David Ivon Gower
Born 1 April 1957 (1957-04-01) (age 63)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Batsman, occasional wicket-keeper
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 479) 1 June 1978 v Pakistan
Last Test 9 August 1992 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 46) 24 May 1978 v Pakistan
Last ODI 16 February 1991 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1975–1989 Leicestershire
1977–1987 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
1990–1993 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 117 114 448 430
Runs scored 8231 3170 26339 12255
Batting average 44.25 30.77 40.08 33.30
100s/50s 18/39 7/12 53/136 19/56
Top score 215 158 228 158
Balls bowled 36 5 260 20
Wickets 1 0 4 0
Bowling average 20.00 56.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/1 0/5 3/47 0/4
Catches/stumpings 74/– 44/– 280/1 162/–
Source: [Cricinfo], 1 September 2007

David Ivon Gower OBE (born 1 April 1957) is a former English cricketer who became the captain of the England cricket team during the 1980s. Described as one of the most stylish left-handed batsmen of his era, Gower played 117 Test matches and 114 One Day Internationals (ODI) scoring 8,231 and 3170 runs, respectively. He was one of the most capped and high scoring players for England during his period.

Gower led England during the 1985 Ashes, and his team was victorious; however, two 5–0 whitewashes against the West Indies (in 1984 and 1985–86) reflected poorly on his captaincy, and Gower was replaced in 1986. He was briefly reinstated for the 1989 Ashes series, before being replaced as captain by Graham Gooch. The strained relationship between the pair contributed to Gower retiring from international cricket in 1993. Nevertheless, he ended with an impressive record in first-class cricket, accumulating 26,339 runs at an average of 40.08, and 53 centuries. As of February 2013, he holds the record of 119 consecutive innings without registering a duck in Test cricket. Following his retirement, Gower became a successful cricket commentator with Sky Sports, and on 16 July 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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