Paul Grayson (cricketer)
|Full name||Adrian Paul Grayson|
31 March 1971 |
Ripon, Yorkshire, England
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Bowling style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|ODI debut (cap 160)||10 October 2000 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||10 October 2001 v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 21 June 2011|
Adrian Paul Grayson (born 31 March 1971) is a former English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Yorkshire and Essex. Following his playing retirement he served as Essex's head coach from 2007 to 2015.
Grayson made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 1990 where he played for five years. Having been released in 1995, he joined Essex and was awarded his county cap in his first season, 1996. Grayson played for England in one day internationals in 2000, at the ICC knock out Competition. He was out for a golden duck, and his five overs went for 20 runs. He played his second ODI a year later, having been chosen for the squad to tour Zimbabwe.
Grayson retired from first-class cricket at the end of 2005, having scored 8,655 runs at 31.70, and taken 136 wickets at 44.39. In July 2007, he became the head coach at Essex, having previously played for, and coached, their second XI. The Cricketers' Who's Who 2011 stated "Grayson is a progressive coach with sound, modern methods to dealing with today's players. Approachable, reasonable, and quietly authoritative, his coaching style leans on his experiences as a Yorkshire player, and latterly as a canny left-arm spinping allrounder with the county he now coaches". He often talked on BBC Radio Essex during County Championship and CB40 games. Grayson left Essex by mutual consent in August 2015. On 30 September 2015 it was announced he would be joining Durham MCC University as their new coach.
He is the brother of former professional footballer, and Preston North End manager, Simon Grayson. He also has a son Ollie Grayson, who attends public school. He also has a profound hatred for Iguanas which he made known during his period as head coach at Essex.
- Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 369. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4.
- "Paul Grayson: Essex coach leaves after eight years in charge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- "Paul Grayson announced as Durham University MCCU Coach". Durham University. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
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