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Graham Gooch  England Cricket Great ,Motivational and After Dinner speaker

Graham Gooch has secured his place as one of in Crickets of all time greats. For well over two decades Graham Gooch was a commanding and often a highly controversial figure at the centre of his sport both internationally and domestically for Essex.

Graham Gooch is without doubt Englands most prolific batsman scoring in his career a total of 8900 runs at an average of 42.58 with a highest score or 333. His courage and skill has made him a national hero and sporting icon.

Appointed England captain in 1990, this was the pinnacle of his career Graham Gooch found an extra gear, and enjoyed a new lease of life and Gooch led England to triumph over the West Indies for the first time in 16 years. In 1991 Graham was awarded the OBE for his services to sport.

Graham Gooch  England Cricket Great ,Motivational and After Dinner speaker 

Graham Gooch  England Cricket Great ,Motivational and After Dinner speaker

Graham Gooch was the most prolific run scorer top-class cricket has ever seen.  After he retired in 1997, the statistician Robert Brooke calculated that he had scored 21,087 in one-day cricket at first-class level, which added to his 44,841 first-class runs, put him ahead of Jack Hobbs.  It was an amazing achievement.

Graham Gooch was awarded the OBE for his services to cricket in 1991. He was raised in East London and it was here that his potential was developed at the Ilford Cricket School. Gooch made the Essex 2nd XI in 1968, in 1973 he made his first-class debut.  He was soon in the runs, and he made his maiden ton a year later.  1975 was the breakthrough year.  He played for the MCC against the touring Australians.  He made 75 and was soon picked for the Edgbaston test.  Whether it was too early for him, or the pressure was too much, Gooch failed and made a pair.  He was subsequently dropped and it was only in 1978 that he made his comeback.  A year later Gooch was instrumental in Essex capturing their first trophy in 103 years of the club.   

1990 was a great year in Graham Gooch’s career, he averaged over 100 with the test match at Lord’s against India being the highlight.  In this one match Gooch hit the world record test run aggregate (456), he became holder of the highest score at Lord’s (333), he was the first ever player to score a triple-century and a century in a match, he took the record for the highest test score against India and achieved the highest score by an England Captain.  Of all his great test innings one stands out in particular, at Leeds against the West Indies in 1991.  Gooch carried his bat for a score of 154 not out, out of a total of 252 against the formidable West Indian attack of Ambrose, Walsh, Marshall and Patterson.

In all Graham Gooch led the England side 34 times and was captain in the 1992 World Cup final defeat by Pakistan.  He played in two other World Cup finals in 1979 and 1987.  Currently he is England’s leading test run maker with a total of 8,900 runs and 20 centuries.  

In 1996 Gooch was appointed an England selector and held that position for four seasons.  In 2002 he was made Essex’s Head Coach but as from 2005 he accepted a wider role within the club.  This included specialist batting coaching and acting as the ambassador for the club’s future commercial development.  He has also started the ‘Graham Gooch Scholarship Fund’ an initiative to raise monies to send some of Essex’s best young professionals on overseas scholarships and he now sponsors the Essex Cricket Academy. More recently he has been the England batting coach, starting his role on a part-time basis in 2009 and moving into a full-time position from 2012 to 2014. 

Graham Gooch has acquired vast experience dealing with high-level performers as a captain and as a coach.
Over a lifetime in top level cricket he has gained many stories to tell, which he delivers in his own style.  He is articulate and well informed and can motivate, inspire, entertain and create an individual’s awareness of self-achievement and has an established reputation as a humorous after dinner speaker and is in demand at corporate, social and sporting events.