David Graveney

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David Graveney
Personal information
Full name David Anthony Graveney
Born (1953-01-02) 2 January 1953 (age 64)
Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
Nickname Gravity
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Left-arm orthodox spin
Role All-rounder
Relations Father Ken, uncle Tom Graveney
Domestic team information
Years Team
1972–90 Gloucestershire
1991 Somerset
1992–94 Durham
First-class debut 5 August 1972 Gloucestershire v Lancashire
Last First-class 29 August 1994 Durham v Hampshire
List A debut 23 July 1972 Gloucestershire v Worcestershire
Last List A 18 September 1994 Durham v Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 457 382
Runs scored 7107 2263
Batting average 17.67 16.88
100s/50s 2/16 –/1
Top score 119 56*
Balls bowled 69516 13402
Wickets 981 287
Bowling average 30.44 32.01
5 wickets in innings 40 1
10 wickets in match 7
Best bowling 8/85 5/11
Catches/stumpings 241/– 102/–
Source: CricketArchive, 11 December 2013

David Anthony Graveney OBE (born 2 January 1953, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol) is a leading figure in English cricket and former chairman of the England Test selectors, a post he held from 1997 until 2008. Graveney attended Millfield School in Somerset.

He led a successful first-class cricket career between 1972 and 1994. He was a useful right hand batsman and an orthodox left-arm spinner who represented Gloucestershire (1972–1990) (captain 1982–1988), Somerset (1991) and Durham (1992–1994) (captain 1992–1993). He took 981 wickets in 457 first-class matches (with a personal best of 8/85) and 287 wickets in 382 List A limited-over matches (with a personal best of 5/11).

He is a qualified chartered accountant and is a former chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association. He managed the rebel tour to South Africa in 1989-90 and became chairman of the selectors in 1997, taking over from Ray Illingworth. On 31 December 2005, he was awarded the OBE for services to cricket. On 18 January 2008, Graveney was removed from the position and awarded the position of national performance manager, monitoring young players in domestic cricket. Geoff Miller took the position over, heading up a four-man panel which included Peter Moores, James Whitaker and Ashley Giles.[1]

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His father Ken Graveney was a prolific right-arm fast bowler with Gloucestershire between 1947 and 1964, who once took 10/66 in an innings. He captained his county between 1963 and 1964. His uncle Tom Graveney was an elegant batsman with Gloucestershire and Worcestershire (captaining both counties), and played in 79 tests for England (one as captain).


  1. ^ Graveney axed as England selector BBC News retrieved 18 January 2008

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