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Graham Paul Thorpe MBE (born 1 August 1969 in Farnhammarker, Surreymarker) is a former Englishmarker cricketer who played for Surrey and England. A left-handed middle-order batsman and slip fielder, he appeared in exactly 100 Test matches.

Early life

Thorpe was born in Farnham, Surreymarker in August 1969. Naturally right-handed in everything but batting, when he was six years old Thorpe changed his stance to make it harder for his two elder brothers to get him out and because the boundary in his garden was shorter on the leg-side for a left-hander.

Career

Thorpe made his debut for Surrey in 1988, and his international debut in 1993. He scored a century (114 not out) in the second innings of his debut Test match, against Australia at Trent Bridgemarker. Developing into a very highly-regarded player, he was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1998. Thorpe hit only one four in his hundred against Pakistan at Lahore in November 2000. It also contained seven threes, 12 twos and 51 singles. He hit another boundary before being dismissed for 118 from 301 balls. No other batsman has scored 100 runs in a Test with just one boundary. However, Thorpe was also a highly capable stroke-maker: during his highest Test score, 200 not out off 231 balls against New Zealand at Christchurchmarker in 2002, he and Andrew Flintoff compiled a partnership of 281 in 51 overs.

During the 2002 season, Thorpe had marital difficulties which were well-publicised in several tabloid newspapers, and this seriously affected his play and his focus on the game. Seemingly disillusioned with constant touring away from his family, he announced his retirement from the one-day game and changed his mind several times on whether to tour Australia, eventually pulling out of the tour entirely. However in 2003 Thorpe, with family problems put to one side, returned to the England team in the fifth Test against South Africa at his home ground of The Ovalmarker, where he was warmly welcomed as a local hero with a standing ovation. Thorpe scored an excellent 124 as England won the match to force an unlikely series draw, and remained in the side for series victories against Bangladesh away and at home, against the West Indies away and at home, against New Zealand at home, and in South Africa. He played his hundredth and final Test against Bangladesh in June 2005; in the two years between his comeback and his retirement he scored 1635 Test runs at an average of 56.37.

Retirement

Thorpe announced his retirement from Test cricket after the England selectors chose Kevin Pietersen instead of him in the first Test of The Ashes in July 2005, and his retirement from domestic cricket in August 2005. He served New South Wales as a batting coach in two seasons starting in 2005/6 and played for UTS-Balmain in the Sydney First Grade competition. Thorpe was named as assistant coach of New South Wales in 2007 replacing Matthew Mott who was promoted to the position of coach.

Thorpe was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 17 June 2006. Thorpe made his debut as a summariser for BBC Radio's Test Match Special programme during the first Test of Indiamarker's 2007 tour of England. He also appeared as a match summariser on Sky Sports' highlights coverage for the same series. He has written a monthly column for the UK-based cricket magazine, SPIN World Cricket Monthly, since December 2006.

Graham Thorpe's career performance graph.


References

  1. Scorecard, New Zealand v England, March 2002
  2. Melbourne Age, "Thorpe new NSW cricket assistant coach" 6 July 2007
  3. Thorpe/Ferguson head honours list bbc.co.uk 16 June 2006
  4. Graham Thorpe playing innings of his life telegraph.co.uk 13 August 2007


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