Graeme Fowler

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Graeme Fowler
Personal information
Full name Graeme Fowler
Born (1957-04-20) 20 April 1957 (age 58)
Accrington, Lancashire, England
Nickname Foxy
Batting style Left-handed batsman (LHB)
Bowling style Right arm medium (RM)
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 21 26
Runs scored 1307 744
Batting average 35.32 31.00
100s/50s 3/8 –/4
Top score 201 81*
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 10/– 4/2
Source: CricInfo, 26 May 1986

Graeme "Foxy" Fowler (born 20 April 1957, Accrington, Lancashire)[1] is a former English professional cricketer, who played for Lancashire, England, and later for Durham. He appeared in 21 Test matches and 26 ODIs for England, averaging 35.32 in his Test batting career.[1]

The cricket writer Colin Bateman noted: "a risk-taking left-hander, Fowler rarely bored anyone with his batting".[1]

Lancashire and England career[edit]

Educated at Accrington Grammar School and Durham University, Fowler made his debut in first-class cricket in 1979. He usually opened the batting for both county and country, and his most successful opening partnership was with Gehan Mendis between 1986 and 1993.

He made his Test debut in 1982, when sixteen England players were banned for three years for participating in the rebel tour of South Africa during the apartheid era. His highest Test score was 201, made in a nine-hour innings in Madras (now Chennai); this was the first double century by an English cricketer in India. Mike Gatting also scored a double century in the same innings: this was the first time that two English batsmen had made double centuries in the same Test innings.[2]

However, he lost his place in the England team when the rebel tourists were reinstated, and he had neck trouble.[3] He was not re-selected in Tests for the remainder of his career.[1]

Against New Zealand at The Oval in 1983, Fowler scored his first Test hundred (105 off 303 balls), as Chris Tavare and he became the first England openers to score a century in the same Test innings for twenty three years.[4] His second Test century came against the West Indies at Lord's in 1984.[5]

Fowler's highest One Day International score of 81 not out against Pakistan came during the 1983 World Cup, in which he scored four consecutive half-centuries to help England to the semi-finals, averaging 72.00 for the tournament.[6] These would be the only occasions that Fowler passed fifty in ODIs.

Against Leicestershire in the same year he scored ten sixes in successive shots, and five fours to make a century, although Leicestershire were employing non-specialist bowlers.[7]

He is the only batsman to score two complete hundreds in a match with the aid of a runner. Playing for Lancashire at Southport in 1982, he strained his thigh while fielding on the first day during Warwickshire's innings of 523–4 declared, but batted without a runner to score 26 not out at stumps. He then scored exactly 100 before lunch on the second day with David Lloyd as his runner. In the second innings, Ian Folley ran for him (and acknowledged the crowd's applause for the century) when 'Foxy' scored 128 not out on the third day.[8] In 1987, Fowler scored an unbeaten century in a Sunday League match against Somerset, despite an injury which forced him to bat with a runner.[9]

In 1992, Fowler suffered amongst others as Lancashire had a widescale clear-out of its playing staff.[1]

Post-Lancashire career[edit]

After leaving Lancashire, Fowler played for Durham and coached at their academy, setting up a Cricket School of Excellence in 1996.[10] Among the players he coached were Andrew Strauss and Robin Martin-Jenkins.[11][12][13] Since 1987, he has been a cricket broadcaster, sometimes with Test Match Special, and also with Test Match Sofa.[5] He also held the post of Senior Cricket Coach at Durham University until May 2015.

Later life[edit]

He wrote a book entitled Fox on the Run (ISBN 978-0-670-81560-9) describing a difficult county season, after being dropped from the England side. According to his Lancashire teammate Mike Atherton, Fowler was a constant smoker.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 70. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Frozen in time: 18 January 1985". The Observer (London). 5 February 2006. 
  4. ^ Cricinfo – The real deal. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Graeme Fowler". BBC News. 3 May 2003. 
  6. ^ The Sunday Tribune – Spectrum – Lead Article. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  7. ^ Cricinfo – The record that never was. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  8. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4. 
  9. ^ 1987 Lancashire v Somerset - Old Trafford, Matt Proctor, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester]. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Graeme Fowler to lead graduate cricketer project at Durham University". Durham MCC University. Durham University. 2 September 1996. Archived from the original on 2005-04-27. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cricket chiefs view success at the Centre of Excellence". Durham MCC University. Durham University. 21 November 1997. Archived from the original on 2004-09-27. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Berry, Scyld (7 November 2004). "Strauss right at home on world stage". The Daily Telegraph (London). [dead link]
  13. ^ Berry, Scyld (Oct 28, 2012). "We won in India without a coach: Graeme Fowler". Daily News and Analysis (London). Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Atherton, Mike (8 July 2007). "Smoking ban a drag for changing-room addicts". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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