Name: William Grace
Date of birth: 18/07/1848
International Team: N/A
Domestic Team: N/A
Bowling Style: Unknown
Batting Style: Right-hand
- Test Debut v Australia at the Oval - Sept 6-8, 1880
- The Leviathan of English cricket. His career spanned 44 seasons, 54000 first-class runs and 2800 plus wickets at less than 18 apiece.
- Still it is hard to argue that his image is not the most recognisable in cricket.
- Large bellied in later life, in his youth, at the age of 19, he left a game representing England against Surrey halfway through, having scored 224 not out, in order to run a 400 metre hurdles race in Crystal Palace, which he won.
- His achievements are numerous a fine example of his extraordinary talent was in 1876 when he scored 839 runs in just 8 days. Only one other batsman managed to top 1000 runs the entire season.
- His test average of 32 belies the ropey pitches of the era which no modern player would set foot on let alone bat on.
- He helped turn cricket into the most popular sport of its day, and greatly profited from the sport and was known as something of a mercenary being fully aware of his market value to the game.
International Career Overview
|Career Span:||1880-1899||Innings Bowled:||13|
|Highest Score:||170||Best bowling in Innings:||2/12|