Geoff Arnold

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Geoff Arnold
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Graham Arnold
Born (1944-09-03) 3 September 1944 (age 72)
Earlsfield, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Nickname Horse
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role Bowler, now coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 436) 10 August 1967 v Pakistan
Last Test 14 July 1975 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 13) 24 August 1972 v Australia
Last ODI 18 June 1975 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1963–1977 Surrey
1976–1977 Orange Free State
1978–1982 Sussex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 34 14 365 248
Runs scored 421 48 3,952 687
Batting average 12.02 16.00 13.67 8.48
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/7 0/0
Top score 59 18* 73 24*
Balls bowled 7,650 714 61,028 12,460
Wickets 115 19 1,130 332
Bowling average 28.29 17.84 21.91 19.45
5 wickets in innings 6 0 46 4
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 6/45 4/27 8/41 5/9
Catches/stumpings 9/– 2/– 122/– 53/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 November 2009

Geoffrey Graham "Geoff" Arnold (born 3 September 1944) is an English cricketer who played 34 Tests and 14 One Day Internationals for England. His nickname of "Horse" was based on his initials of GG.[1] He was a seam and swing bowler, who finished his first-class cricket career, which lasted from 1963 to 1982, with 1130 wickets at an average of 21.91. He played for Surrey and Sussex, winning the County Championship with the former county in 1971. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1972.

Life and career[edit]

Arnold made his England debut in 1967 against Pakistan, a season during which he claimed 109 wickets. A succession of niggling injuries meant that he had to wait until the early 1970s before he became a fixture in the team. In 1974, he assisted Chris Old in bowling out India for 42 at Lord's. Surprisingly for an out-and-out seam bowler, he was fairly successful everywhere except in the West Indies. In 1972–73 series in India and Pakistan, he claimed 17 wickets (at 17.43), starting with match figures of 9 for 91 – his best – in the England win in Delhi.[1] Against both New Zealand and the West Indies the following summer, Arnold delivered 310 overs and took 31 wickets. He and John Snow destroyed the New Zealand batting, but their potentially devastating bowling partnership fizzled out at that point.[1] Initially joining Surrey as an allrounder, he made a half century in his second innings for England. Dropped after the 1975 Ashes series, he remained effective in county cricket.

In 1978, Arnold moved to Sussex, as a replacement for the then retired Snow, where he remained for five seasons.[1] In later years he occasionally proved a determined lower order batsman.

After his playing career ended, he returned to Surrey as a bowling coach, and assisted at national level with upcoming pace bowlers.[1] Arnold subsequently had a stint as bowling coach for Kent, and is currently performing that role at Northamptonshire.


  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 15. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 

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