David Gower is a former English cricketer who became the captain of the England cricket team during the 1980s. Described as one of the most stylish left handed batsmen of the his era; Gower played 117 Test matches and 114 One Day Internationals (ODI) scoring 8,231 and 3170 runs. He was one of the most capped and high scoring players for England during his period.
David Gower: England Captain
David Gower led England during the 1985 Ashes, and his team was victorious. However two 5-0 white washes against the West Indies (in 1984 and 1985-86) reflected poorly on his captaincy, and Gower was replaced in 1986. He was briefly reinstated for the 1989 Ashes series, before being replaced as captain by Graham Gooch. The strained relationship between the pair contributed to Gower retiring from pro cricket in 1993. Nevertheless, he ended with an impressive record in First class cricket; with some 26,339 runs at an average of 40.08, and 53 centuries.
As of February 2013, he holds the record of 119 consecutive innings without registering a duck in Test cricket. Following his retirement, David Gower became a successful cricket commentator, with Sky Sports; and on 16 July 2009, he was added into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Other awards include:
- Cricket Writers’ Young Cricketer of the Year (1978)
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year Award (1979)
- OBE (1992)
- Hon MA Southampton & Loughborough Uni.
David Gower High Scorer
David Gower is England’s second highest ever runs scorer in Test Match history. His stylish play took him to 18 Test Match 100s and 32 Tests as Captain of England. He has a number of books to his credit, including a 1992 autobiography. David was the correspondent for the Sunday Express for two years; has written columns for The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sun and for The Sunday Times. He was also a writer for BA’s Skylines mag for two and a half years.
David Gower On TV
David has extended his TV work to include the quiz show “They Think It’s All Over”; on which he was a team captain and location reports for the Holiday show. Tennis and water skiing are among his other sporting accomplishments. He has ridden in a British bobsled and has been several times to the Cresta Run. David also enjoys collecting and drinking fine wine.
Other interests include photography, safaris, wildlife, music and crosswords. David Gower is also in great demand as a witty and interesting after dinner speaker.