Birth anniversary special: Trivia on England cricketer Colin Cowdrey

On veteran England cricketer Colin Cowdrey’s 82nd  birth anniversary, we give you some interesting information on the iconic player.

Colin Cowdrey
Colin Cowdrey. Pic Midday Archives

* Colin Cowdrey, although a cricketer for the England national team, was born in Bangalore, India in 1932.

Colin Cowdrey’s family played cricket during their time – father Ernest, son Chris and Graham and grandson Fabian.

* Colin Cowdrey was the first cricketer to play 100 Test matches.

* Cowdrey was the first batsman to hit centuries home and away against six different countries – Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa.

* Colin Cowdrey played 114 Tests scoring 7,624 runs with an average of 44.06 and a top score of 182.

* In first-class cricket, he played 692 matches scoring 42, 719 runs and a high score of 307.

* He was the third and last sportsman to have a memorial service at Westminster Abbey. Cricketer Sir Frank Worrell and footballer Bobby Moore are the other two.

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