|Full name||Alexander Graeme Cremer|
19 September 1986 |
|Bowling style||Right-arm leg break|
|Test debut (cap 67)||6 January 2005 v Bangladesh|
|Last Test||6 November 2016 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 103)||27 January 2009 v Kenya|
|Last ODI||15 June 2016 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||30|
|T20I debut (cap 20)||13 October 2008 v Canada|
|Last T20I||22 June 2016 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|2009–present||Mid West Rhinos|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 November 2015|
Alexander Graeme Cremer (born 19 September 1986) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He is currently the interim captain of the Zimbabwe national cricket team, following the sacking of Hamilton Masakadza. He is a leg-spinner who got into the Zimbabwe side at the age of eighteen, following the exits of Paul Strang, Andy Whittall and Ray Price from the Zimbabwean team.
Educated at the prestigious Prince Edward School, Cremer was quite prolific in school cricket, taking many wickets. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka on 6 January 2005, a match that Zimbabwe went on to lose handing the Bangladeshi Tigers their first ever Test match victory.
Cremer then played Tests against South Africa and New Zealand. Unfortunately Cremer, seen by many as a Test specialist, had his opportunities limited thereafter due to Zimbabwe's self-imposed exile from Test cricket. After several years on the fringes of the national team Cremer finally broke into the limited overs squad against the West Indies in late 2007. However, Zimbabwe's strong spin attack of Ray Price and Prosper Utseya meant he did not get any game time. It wasn't until the Al Barakah Cup Twenty20 tournament in Canada that Cremer was finally given a chance in the shorter format, and he made the most of it by taking 2/10 from his 3 overs.
He continued to be part of the squad in the subsequent series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, often named 12th man. His ODI debut came in January 2009 against Kenya, and his first ODI series was outstanding. He finished the tournament as the leading wicket taker, with 15 wickets from 5 matches at an average of 11.46.
Cremer has also developed into a bowling all-rounder. His highest First Class score is an unbeaten 171 in the 2006–07 Logan Cup, while his First Class and List A averages are in the 20s.
When Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket in 2011, Cremer missed the one-off Tests against Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand due to injury. He was called up for his return to Test cricket, over six years since his last Test, for the one-off Test against New Zealand in January 2012.Cremer had announced his retirement from Zimbabwe Cricket after disputes over payments in 2013.And had focused on becoming a professional Golfer.However in 2015 he made a surprise U-turn to play for Zimbabwe again and was selected for Pakistan tour.
Cremer was appointed as the interim captain of Zimbabwe team and they played first match under Cremer against India on June 2016. Despite loss all 3 ODIs against India, Zimbabwe won first T20I by 2 wickets, which was first victory under Cremer.
Next, Zimbabwe played another home series against New Zealand, which was also whitewashed by New Zealand 2-0. However, prior to Sri Lanka test tour, former Zimbabwean cricketer Heath Streak was appointed as the coach and Cremer stood as the captain for the series.
During the first Test at Harare, Cremer took four crucial wickets in Sri Lankan first innings and while bat, also scored his maiden Test century, guiding his team to avoid follow-on. With this, He became the first Zimbabwe player and only the seventh captain to make a hundred and take four wickets in an innings of a Test. His efforts in both innings of the Test ended in vein, where they lost the match by 225 runs.During the first test,Graeme Cremer set a record for facing the most number of balls as a number 8 batsman in a test match facing 351 balls just after Wasim Akram who faced 363 balls as number 8 batsman in a single test. However, Cremer was awarded man of the match for his all-round performance in the match. Zimbabwe lost this series 0-2.
The test series was followed by a tri-series also featuring West Indies. Under Cremer, Zimbabwe advanced to the finals of a tri-series for the first time in six years with four different results - a loss, a tie, a no-result and a win. Zimbabwe lost the finals to Sri Lanka, however.
|Test centuries by Graeme Cremer|
|1||102*||14||Sri Lanka||Harare, Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||2016||Lost|
ODI 5 Wicket hauls
|1||6/46||9||Kenya||Harare Sports Club||Harare||Zimbabwe||2009|
|2||5/20||57||Afghanistan||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||Sharjah||UAE||2015|
Man of the match awards
|1||1st Test – Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe||2016-17||1st Innings – 42-6-142-4, 1 ct., 102* (207 balls: 10x4)
2nd Innings - 14-0-67-0, 1 ct., 43 (144 balls: 5x4)
|Sri Lanka won by 225 runs.|
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