|Full name||Gladstone Cleophas Small|
18 October 1961 |
St. George, Barbados
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman (RHB)|
|Bowling style||Right arm fast-medium (RFM)|
|Test debut (cap 521)||7-12 August 1986 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||1-5 February 1991 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 92)||1 January 1987 1976 v Australia|
|Last ODI||20 August 1992 v Pakistan|
|Source: Cricinfo, 24 September 2005|
The cricket writer Colin Bateman commented, "Gladstone Small overcame a hunched physique to become a remarkably effective fast-medium bowler and one of the most popular characters on the county circuit".
Life and career
Small was born in Barbados, and moved to England shortly after his fourteenth birthday, usually the point after which a change of nationality is not permitted. However, he applied for eligibility to play cricket for England, and the MCC accepted his application.
As a cricketer, Small did not have an outstanding reputation but was highly regarded as a committed team player. Primarily he bowled outswing, but his propensity for unreliable bowling gave selectors cause for concern. However, during the 1986-87 Ashes, Small was a last minute replacement for the fourth Test, and rose to the challenge, taking 5-48 in Australia's first innings and claiming two wickets in the second. He was given the Man of the Match award, but this was to be the highlight of his career.
Small was in England's squad for both the 1987 and 1992 Cricket World Cups. He was integral to the strong Warwickshire side of 1994, but retired soon after. Later, he became a director of the Professional Cricketers' Association.
In 2003, Small appeared in the television series Celebrity Poker Club. His life story was made into a documentary by director Pogus Caesar in 1995, and broadcast on Carlton Television for the Respect television series.
Small was one of the members of the England beach cricket team in 2006-07 and 2007-08.