Graham Gooch OBE
Graham Gooch is probably the greatest player in the history of Essex cricket.
Representing Essex for 25 seasons and making 128 first class centuries and was the inspiration behind 6 County Championships and numerous one-day trophies. He was a world class batsman but also a more than useful bowler and excellent slip fielder.
His England career spanned 20 years and he racked up an incredible 8900 runs in 118 Test matches, and captained them on 34 occasions. In one amazing game against India at Lords, he made 333 runs in his first innings, facing 485 deliveries, hitting 43 fours and 3 sixes. In the second, he made 123 – completing the highest ever aggregate score in one test match.
Graham retired from test cricket at the age of 42. He is continues to be involved with the national side as a batting coach.
Graham is also a very popular speaker on the after dinner circuit with numerous cricket stories from a fantastic career in the game.
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