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Former England batsman Tom Graveney dies aged 88

Former England captain amassed 42,911 runs in county cricket and remains among the top 20 run-getters in the competition

Former England batsman Tom Graveney dies aged 88 - Cricket News
Tom Graveney was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009.

The ECB Chairman Colin Graves today paid tribute to the former England batsman Tom Graveney who has died at the age of 88 after a long fight against Parkinson’s disease.

Graveney, who played 79 Test Matches for England between 1951-2 and 1969, was widely regarded as one of the finest batsmen of the post-war era.

He also scored 122 First Class Hundreds in a career which spanned 24 years, encompassed more than 47,000 First Class runs and included spells with Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Queensland.

After retiring from cricket, he became a TV summariser for the BBC and later served as MCC President, the first former professional cricketer to be appointed to the post.

ECB Chairman Colin Graves said: “I count myself privileged to have seen Tom Graveney bat. He was one of the game’s great stylists; a batsman whose name became synonymous with elegance and whose perfectly executed cover drive will live long in the memory of those who saw it.

“He was also a true gentleman; someone who served our county game with distinction and who, later in life, gave back much to the game he so dearly loved by becoming MCC President.

“We send our condolences to his family, and to all his many friends and former colleagues within the world of cricket, both in this country and overseas.”

Graveney was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009

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