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Geoff Boycott

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
England
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | -
Home country:
England
Born:
October 21, 1940, Fitzwilliam

Profile

The name of Geoffrey Boycott evokes different responses from different people, some remember his as a very entertaining commentator, while others recall him as a dull and dour batsman with extremely amazing powers of concentration. Whatever was the case, one cannot take away from him, the 8000 odd Test runs he scored – most of them as opener – against strong bowling attacks of Australia and West Indies. Incidentally, he also became the first English cricketer to surpass 8000 runs in Test matches.

His ability to concentrate hard for hours was superseded only by his strong defensive technique. When he did play a shot, it was usually off the back foot through the covers or by playing an on drive. If his Test record was good, then his first class career was extraordinary, almost 50k runs at an average of around 57, with 151 – yes you read it right – centuries.

His ODI average was reasonable, but he could not make that transition required to play in the ODIs, and he ended with only 36 ODIs to his name. He took a sabbatical from playing cricket at the highest level between 1974 and 1977, which is attributed by many to the loss of his captaincy to Mike Denness. His highest score in Tests was an unbeaten 246, but he was dropped from the next Test match, because he was deemed to have played too slow and selfishly. Incidentally, England won that match against India.


Statistics

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  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 108 193 8114 23 47.72 - 22 42 246*
ODI 36 34 1082 4 36.06 53.56 1 9 105
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 108 20 944 382 7 3/47 / 54.57 2.42 0 0 0 0
ODI 36 6 168 105 5 2/14 / 21 3.75 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 33 0 0
ODI 5 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 4 1 1 0 2 25
ODI 2 2 0 0 0 100

Career

Span:
Test:
1964-1982
 
ODI:
1971-1981
Test
Debut:
England Vs Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham - Jun 04, 1964
Last played:
England Vs India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Jan 01, 1982
ODI
Debut:
England Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Jan 05, 1971
Last played:
England Vs India at Gandhi Stadium (Burlton Park), Jalandhar (Jullundur) - Dec 20, 1981
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