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Golden Grahams. Or Graemes.

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The prolonged rain breaks during the Edgbaston test afforded me the opportunity to get my calculator out for a spot of statistical analysis. There were three players called Graham or Graeme playing in the test match that finished today.  That’s an astounding 14% of all the players involved in the game. The next best is Andrew at 9%.

England have had a rich tradition of Grahams and Graemes in their recent history: Gooch, Hick and Thorpe. And Graemes and Grahams have prospered the world over. South African captain Graeme Smith is currently residing in the Top 10 of both test and ODI batting rankings. Compatriot Graeme Pollock was considered by Don Bradman as the best left-handed batsmen he’d seen. One can only imagine what further heights the Don would have achieved had Mr and Mrs Bradman christened him Graeme or Graham. He’d have definitely averaged over 100.

Before Graham Manou hurriedly slipped on Brad Haddin’s baggy green wicket-keeping gloves, Australia were faithfully served by Graham Yallop as captain during the torrid World Series years.

In fact the only corners of the cricketing universe where Graemes or Grahams have not been successful are in the Caribbean and the sub-continent. Although I feel positive that we won’t have to wait too long before we behold a Graeme Tendulkar or a Graham Muralitharan.

The reason for this post is that I am asking for funding into research into what precisely makes Grahams or Graemes such talented cricketers. Once I have found this essence, then we can proceed in creating future Grahams or Graemes to conquer the world of cricket. I fully believe that in a generation’s time we could see an entire eleven of Grahams or Graemes taking the field in an international match. It’s a thrilling prospect.

Who’s with me?


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  1. Mr Harris,

    The sub-continent has been blessed with one Graeme of note – that would be the Sri Lankan bowler Graeme Labrooy, a rather moirbund seamer famous for clean bowling Ian Botham in the 1991 World Cup.

    They cannot be stopped.

    The Indipper


    August 4, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    • And I thought I was the leading authority on Grahams and Graemes. I bow to your superior knowledge.


      August 5, 2009 at 7:55 am

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