Graham Gooch is one of England's most prolific batsmen © Getty Images
Graham Gooch is one of England’s most prolific batsmen © Getty Images

Graham Gooch, born July 23, 1953, is one of the finest batsmen produced by England. He held many batting records in all formats of the game. On his birthday, Bharath Seervi lists some of the notable numbers of his career.

Graham Gooch made his international debut for England in July 1975, in the Ashes Test at Birmingham. He scored a pair on his debut and took almost took five years to score his maiden Test century. But then he scored another 19 in a career spanning over 20 years, during which he played 118 Tests and scored 8,900 runs. In ODIs, he scored over 4,000 runs in 125 matches including eight tons. He captained England to the finals of the 1992 ODI World Cup, where they lost to Pakistan.

Gooch played county cricket for Essex and in his First-Class career. where he scored 44,846 runs at an average of 49.01, including 128 centuries. He was one of the best batsmen Essex had for years. Gooch in his List A career managed 22,211 runs at 40.16 with 44 centuries.

Gooch’s career record:

























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Milestones of Graham Gooch

Test & First Class Cricket

– Gooch became the leading run-getter for England in Tests when he passed David Gower‘s 8,231 runs in 1993. He finished with 8,900 Test runs for England, which are still the most by any batsman for England.

– Gooch became the first player to score a test century at Lord’s. He scored 333 vs India in 1990. He added another 123 runs in the second innings to become the first player to score a triple century and century in the same First-Class match.

– Gooch was the first player to score a triple century in Tests against India.

–  Gooch holds the record for most runs in a Test match. He scored 456 runs (333 & 123) vs India at Lord’s in 1990. surpassed Greg Chappell‘s 380 (247* & 133) vs NZ at Wellington in 1974.

– Gooch is the only England player to aggregate over 2,000 runs on a single ground. He scored 2015 runs at Lord’s in 39 innings with 6 hundreds.

– Gooch and Michael Vaughan are the only England players to score 6 Test hundreds on a single ground. Both did it at Lord’s.

– Gooch was the second captain after Bob Simpson to score a triple century in Tests; 6 other captains managed to that after Gooch.

– Gooch’s 11 Test tons as captain for England are a record. He overcame Peter May’s record of 10 tons to achieve the feat.

– Gooch’s batting average of 58.72 as England’s Test captain is the highest among all those who captained England in at least 10 Test matches.

– Gooch has the most scores in excess of 50 by anyone for England in Tests (66).

– Gooch holds the record for the most runs scored by a batsman in a 3-Test series. He scored 752 runs vs India in 1990 at average of 125.33.

– Gooch scored 1058 Test runs in the summer of 1990 in England. His scores were (0, 85, 37, 154, 30, 333, 123, 116, 7, 85, 88). He is the only player to score over 1,000 Test runs in an English summer.

– Gooch holds the record of scoring most Test runs and centuries after turning 35. He scored 4,563 runs and 12 centuries in 52 matches at an average of 48.54 after the age.

– Gooch scored 30,701 runs for Essex in First-Class cricket which is the most by anyone for the county team. He beat Keith Fletcher’s 29,434 runs for the record.

– Gooch is also the leading scorer of 50-plus scores for Essex in First-Class matches. He scored 237 such scores for Essex in First-Class cricket.

– Gooch scored 94 centuries for Essex in First-Class cricket which are the highest by any batsman for Essex. Only four others have scored more than 50 centuries for Essex.

– Gooch has the record for the most runs (2,559 in 1984) and most 50-plus scores in a season for Essex in First-Class cricket.

ODIs & List A Cricket

– Gooch was the first player to captain England in 50 ODIs.

– Gooch’s 4,290 runs in ODIs for England were a record until overcome by Alex Stewart.

– Gooch’s 8 ODI tons were a record for England until Marcus Trescothick beat it.

– Gooch represented England in ODIs from August 26, 1976 to January 10, 1995 which is duration of 18 years and 137 days — the highest by anyone for England. Only Ian Botham and Mike Gatting  have played ODIs for more than 15 years for England.

– Gooch’s tally of 22,211 runs in List A cricket is the most by any batsman. Only two other batsmen have managed more than 20,000 List A runs: Greame Hick (22,059) and Sachin Tendulkar (21,999).

– Gooch’s 44 List A centuries are bettered only by Sachin Tendulkar (60).

– Gooch has 44 hundreds and 139 half-centuries in his List A career. His 183 fifty-plus scores are a record in List A, followed by Hick’s 179 and Tendulkar’s 174.

– Gooch (613) along with Hick (651) are the only players to have played over 600 List A matches. Gooch played 456 List A matches for Essex, another record.

– Gooch was the first player to be stranded in the 190s in a List A match. He scored unbeaten 198 for Essex vs Sussex at Hove on 25 May 1982.

– Gooch is the only player to score over 10,000 runs and score over 15 centuries in List A for Essex. He scored 16,536 runs with 34 hundreds.

– Gooch’s aggregate of 67,057 runs in First Class and List A combined are the most by any batsman in cricketing history.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs He can be followed on Twitter and on Facebook at