Cricket: How Gower and Boycott measure up

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----------------------------------------------------------------- HOW BOYCOTT AND GOWER MEASURE UP ----------------------------------------------------------------- COUNTRY BY COUNTRY ----------------------------------------------------------------- BOYCOTT ----------------------------------------------------------------- M I NO HS Runs Ave 100 50 Australia 38 71 9 191 2945 47.50 7 14 South Africa 7 12 2 117 373 37.30 1 2 West Indies 29 53 5 128 2205 45.93 5 15 New Zealand 15 25 1 131 916 38.16 2 6 India 13 22 3 246* 1084 57.05 4 2 Pakistan 6 10 3 121* 591 84.42 3 3 Total 108 193 23 246* 8114 47.72 22 42 ----------------------------------------------------------------- GOWER ----------------------------------------------------------------- Australia 42 77 4 215 3269 44.78 9 12 West Indies 19 38 3 154* 1149 32.82 1 6 New Zealand 13 22 1 131 1051 50.04 4 4 India 24 37 6 200* 1391 44.87 2 6 Pakistan 14 22 1 173* 1035 49.28 2 8 Sri Lanka 2 3 1 89 186 93.00 - 2 Total 114 199 16 215 8081 44.15 18 38 ----------------------------------------------------------------- HOME AND AWAY ----------------------------------------------------------------- BOYCOTT ----------------------------------------------------------------- Home 57 100 10 246* 4356 48.40 14 15 Away 51 93 13 142* 3758 46.97 8 27 ----------------------------------------------------------------- GOWER ----------------------------------------------------------------- Home 62 108 7 215 4304 42.61 10 18 Away 52 91 9 173* 3777 46.06 8 20 -----------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------------------------------------- MILESTONES ----------------------------------------------------------------- BOYCOTT ----------------------------------------------------------------- Runs Test Inn Location 1000 16th 27th 1965-66 3rd Test v Australia, Sydney 2000 32nd 53rd 1967-68 5th Test v W Indies, Georgetown 3000 44th 76th 1970-71 4th Test v Australia, Sydney 4000 55th 95th 1973 1st Test v West Indies, The Oval 5000 66th 115th 1977 5th Test v Australia, The Oval 6000 81st 141st 1979 1st Test v India, Edgbaston 7000 94th 165th 1980 Centenary Test v Australia, Lord's 8000 107th 190th 1981-82 3rd Test v India, Delhi ----------------------------------------------------------------- GOWER ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1000 13th 20th 1979 1st Test v India, Edgbaston 2000 20th 51st 1979-80 Jubilee Test v India, Bombay 3000 46th 78th 1982-83 2nd Test v Australia, Brisbane 4000 58th 100th 1983-84 2nd Test v Pakistan, Faisalabad 5000 74th 127th 1985 4th Test v Australia, Old Trafford 6000 85th 147th 1986 2nd Test v New Zealand, Trent Bridge 7000 100th 172nd 1988 4th Test v West Indies, Headingley 8000 112th 195th 1990-91 3rd Test v Australia, Sydney ----------------------------------------------------------------- DISMISSALS ----------------------------------------------------------------- BOYCOTT GOWER ----------------------------------------------------------------- Bowled 30 (15.54%) 26 (13.07%) Caught 70 (36.27) 69 (34.67) Caught behind 34 (17.62) 48 (24.12) LBW 27 (13.99) 36 (18.09) Run out 7 (3.63) 3 (1.51) Stumped 2 (1.04) 1 (0.50) Not out 23 (11.92) 16 (8.04) Total 193 199 ----------------------------------------------------------------- DUCKS ----------------------------------------------------------------- BOYCOTT ----------------------------------------------------------------- West Indies: 4 (Sobers 3, Holding 1). Australia: 3 (Lillee 2, Hogg 1). New Zealand: 2 (Motz 2). South Africa: 1 (P M Pollock). Total: 10 ----------------------------------------------------------------- GOWER ----------------------------------------------------------------- Australia: 3 (Lillee, Alderman, GRJ Matthews). India: 3 (Kapil Dev 2, Madan Lal). Pakistan: 1 (Mudassar Nazar). Total: 7 -----------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------------------------------------- CAPTAINCY ----------------------------------------------------------------- BOYCOTT: 4 Tests: W1 L1 D2 GOWER: 32 Tests: W5 L18 D9 ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE WORLD'S LEADING TEST BATSMEN ----------------------------------------------------------------- M I NO HS Runs 100 Ave S M Gavaskar (India) 125 214 16 236* 10122 34 51.12 A R Border (Australia) 130 224 42 205 9532 23 52.37 I V A Richards (West Indies) 121 182 12 291 8540 24 50.23 Javed Miandad (Pakistan) 114 172 20 280* 8263 23 54.36 G Boycott (England) 108 193 23 246* 8114 22 47.72 D I Gower (England) 114 199 16 215 8081 18 44.15 G S Sobers (West Indies) 93 160 21 365* 8032 26 57.78 M C Cowdrey (England) 114 188 15 182 7624 22 44.06 C G Greenidge (West Indies) 108 185 16 226 7558 19 44.72 C H Lloyd (West Indies) 110 175 14 242* 7515 19 46.67 -----------------------------------------------------------------

Boycott opened the batting in all but one of his 108 Tests - he batted at No 4 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1973-74, when he scored 10 and 13.

Gower has batted in every position from No 1 to No 7.

While Boycott was a Test player England played 172 Tests. He did not play in 61 of those Tests, including 30 during a self-imposed exile between 1974 and 1977.

Gower has missed 33 of the 148 England Tests played since his debut on 1st June 1978, including 16 of the 24 Gooch has captained since 1989.

Today, David Gower has the opportunity to become England's leading run scorer. He needs 33 runs to equal and 34 runs to beat Geoffrey Boycott's total of 8114 runs.

As soon as he faces a ball he will become the first Englishman to play 200 Test innings.

He is already the only England batsman to score more than 1000 runs against Pakistan. -----------------------------------------------------------------

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