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Graham Gooch
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Personal information
Full name Graham Alan Gooch
Born 23 July 1953 (1953-07-23) (age 67)
Whipps Cross, Essex, England
Nickname Zap, Goochie
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman, Batting coach
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 461) 10 July 1975 v Australia
Last Test 3 February 1995 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 34) 26 August 1976 v West Indies
Last ODI 10 January 1995 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1973–1997 Essex
1975–2000 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
1982/3–1983/4 Western Province
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 118 125 581 614
Runs scored 8,900 4,290 44,846 22,211
Batting average 42.58 36.98 49.01 40.16
100s/50s 20/46 8/23 128/217 44/139
Top score 333 142 333 198*
Balls bowled 2,655 2,066 18,785 14,314
Wickets 23 36 246 310
Bowling average 46.47 42.11 34.37 31.15
5 wickets in innings 0 0 3 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/39 3/19 7/14 5/8
Catches/stumpings 103/– 45/– 555/– 261/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 December 2007

Graham Alan Gooch (born 23 July 1953) is a former English first-class 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 across first-class and limited-overs games. His List A cricket tally of 22,211 runs is also a record. He is one of only twenty-five players to have scored over 100 first-class centuries.

Internationally, despite being banned for three years following a rebel tour to ostracized South Africa, Gooch is the second highest Test run scorer for England. His playing years spanned much of the period of domination by the West Indies, against whom his mid-forties batting average is regarded as extremely creditable. His score of 154 against them at Headingley in 1991 is regarded as one of the greatest centuries of all time by many critics and former players. His career-best score of 333 – added to his second innings century – remains the highest match aggregate at Lord's. He is the first to make 20 Test appearances at Lord’s. As captain, Matthew Engel noted, "his fanatical fitness and work-ethic gave the team more purpose than it had shown in a decade."

After 118 Tests, aged forty-two, he retired into coaching and as team selector, before becoming a commentator. In 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He returned to coach Essex, before becoming England batting coach in 2012.

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