Gentleman and Player
The Story of Colin Cowdrey, Cricket's Most Elegant and Charming Batsman
Available at Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith, any reputable bookshop, Pitch Publishing or direct from the author from 18th July 2017.
Colin Cowdrey is remembered for the elegance of his strokeplay, but there was much more to this complex man than a classical cover drive. His successes were numerous: 114 Test matches, 22 Test hundreds, 100 first-class centuries, countless famous victories and unforgettable innings.
There was controversy and disappointment too, chief among them being repeated snubs for the England captaincy and the D’Oliveira Affair. Cowdrey was involved in three of England’s most memorable Tests: Lord’s in 1963 against the West Indies, batting at 11 with his arm in plaster, two balls left and all four results possible; Trinidad in 1968 in which England secured a famous victory against the West Indies; and The Oval in 1968 when England gained an improbable final-over win against Australia.
In later life, he shone as an administrative leader – as President of Kent and of the MCC, and as chairman of the ICC – and was made a Lord. Sir Garry Sobers spoke for many when he said at his memorial service in Westminster Abbey, ‘Colin Cowdrey was a great man.’