Former England cricketer Tom Graveney dies
04 November 2015,Nirapad News: Former England cricketer Tom Graveney has died at the age of 88.
An elegant batsman, Graveney played 79 Tests for England, scoring 11 centuries at an average of 44.38.
He scored more than 47,793 first-class runs – including 122 hundreds – in a career that stretched from 1948 to 1972 and included spells at Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Queensland.
After retiring, he became a BBC commentator and served as the 200th president of the MCC in 2005.
He was the first former professional cricketer to be appointed to the post.
Graveney captained England once at the age of 41, deputising for Colin Cowdrey against Australia at Headingley in 1968.
His older brother Ken died recently at the age of 90. Both were former Gloucestershire captains.
Graveney was Worcestershire president from 1994-98 and remained a regular visitor to New Road.
In a statement, the club said he had had Parkinson’s disease for some time.
Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale said: “He was one of the stalwarts of our first two championship triumphs and will be hugely missed by everyone at Worcestershire CCC and by cricket as a whole.”
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said Graveney was “renowned as a great stylist” and later a “forthright pundit”.
“I knew him as someone who loved cricket, someone who really loved talking about the game,” said Agnew. “He would sit in the bar and just talk for hours about the modern game, and how he used to play.
“He had pretty strong opinions. He would talk a lot about some of the West Indian throwers he faced in his batting days and how he thoroughly disapproved of that, but he was a real gentleman.
“I think that’s what he’ll be remembered for as much as for the style that he brought to the crease.”