David Gower

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David Ivon Gower, OBE (born 1 April 1957 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent) is a former English cricketer who became a commentator for Sky Sports. Although he eventually rose to the captaincy of the England cricket team during the 1980s, he is best known for being one of the most stylish left-handed batsmen of the modern era. Gower played 117 Test matches, scoring 8,231 runs, he is thus one of the most capped and highest scoring players in his country's history. He is also one of England's most capped One Day International players, with 114 matches.

Gower led England during the 1985 Ashes series against Australia, and his team enjoyed success, however Graham Gooch regained the captaincy in 1989 and a strained relationship between the pair contributed to Gower's complete retirement in 1993. Nevertheless, he ended with an impressive record in first-class cricket, having accumulated 26,339 runs at 40.08, and 53 centuries. Following his retirement, Gower became a successful cricket commentator,[1] and on 16 July 2009, was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[2][3]


Early life

Gower was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1957. At the time his father was working for the Colonial Service in a position in Dar es Salaam, capital of the then British administered territory of Tanganyika, where Gower spent his early childhood.[1][4] The family returned to England after Tanganyika was granted independence, when Gower was six years old, settling in Kent and later moving to Loughborough.[4] Gower attended prep school at Marlborough House School from the age of 8 to 13, where he started to lean towards cricket as his preferred sport.[5]

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